Slay-by-cop victim moms hail new AG
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.