Slay-by-cop vic­tim moms hail new AG

New York Daily News - - NEWS - Ken­neth Lovett

AL­BANY — The moth­ers of Eric Gar­ner, Sean Bell, Ra­mar­ley Gra­ham and Amadou Diallo are among the rel­a­tives of about a dozen peo­ple killed by po­lice in New York who are urg­ing the state Leg­is­la­ture to keep Act­ing At­tor­ney Gen­eral Bar­bara Un­der­wood in the job for the re­main­der of the year.

The 14 fam­ily mem­bers say it’s im­por­tant the at­tor­ney gen­eral of­fice not be im­pacted by “po­lit­i­cal tran­si­tions and elec­tion-year po­lit­i­cal cal­cu­la­tions” when de­cid­ing how to pro­ceed with probes of cases where po­lice killed un­armed civil­ians.

Gov. Cuomo gave the at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice the power to in­ves­ti­gate such killings rather than leave it to lo­cal pros­e­cu­tors.

“We hold no illusion that hold­ing po­lice of­fi­cers ac­count­able for killing civil­ians is dif­fi­cult and cre­ates waves po­lit­i­cally, par­tic­u­larly in the midst of an elec­tion,” the group wrote. “It is crit­i­cal that these cases be han­dled on their mer­its.”

The fam­i­lies sign­ing the let­ter said they have no di­rect in­ter­est since the kil­llings of their rel­a­tives are not cur­rently the sub­ject of in­ves­ti­ga­tion or pros­e­cu­tion by the state.

A leg­isla­tive screen­ing panel this week in­ter­viewed 12 can­di­dates, in­clud­ing Un­der­wood, for the ap­point­ment to serve out the re­main­ing months of dis­graced for­mer At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Schneiderman’s term.

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