July 8, 2015 | 1:58am  

 

Cuomo eyes special prosecutor to probe killings by police

By AP

Gov. Cuomo on Tuesday met with the relatives of New Yorkers killed by cops and said he is close to signing an executive order directing the state Attorney General’s Office to investigate such killings.

Cuomo said the appointment of a special prosecutor would alleviate concerns that local prosecutors are too tied to law enforcement to properly investigate and prosecute killings by police.

“We have seen it all across the country, where there is a lack of trust in the law-enforcement system,” he said.

“The criminal-justice system does not work without trust . . . If there are suspicious circumstances, and a police officer kills someone who is unarmed and not dangerous, the obvious question is why.”

Among the relatives who met with Cuomo was Gwen Carr, whose son Eric Garner died last July in a Staten Island police chokehold case. No officers were indicted in Garner’s death.

About 50 advocates and relatives rallied Tuesday afternoon in front of Cuomo’s Manhattan office.

“We’re here until everything we ask for is done because we don’t want another killing by police,” Carr said.

She said she believed Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is “very capable” to act as a special prosecutor and “is better than what we have right now.”