To: Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo: We Demand Action NOW—Appoint Attorney General Eric Schneiderman via Executive Ord...

Many New Yorkers have felt angry, sorrowful and powerless since the ruling of no indictment in the case of the choking death of Eric Garner at the hands of a New York City Police Officer.

This ruling, along with other recent national events, has raised serious questions about the ability of district attorneys to remain impartial when investigating police misconduct. It’s crucial that New York has a separate prosecutor, with no connection to local police departments, to investigate cases of alleged police misconduct.

We do not have to feel powerless. There IS a way to address this injustice. Please sign this petition so we can deliver it to Governor Cuomo’s office and demand impartial investigations led by the Attorney General.

Subdivision two of Executive Law section 63 currently authorizes Governor Cuomo to supersede any local district attorney on any criminal matter as he deems appropriate by appointing the Attorney General to investigate and prosecute the case. Help us communicate to Governor Cuomo that we, the people, want to see this necessary change happen immediately.

Governor Cuomo, we the people ask that you immediately issue an interim executive order directing the Office of the Attorney General to investigate and, if necessary, prosecute cases involving unarmed civilians killed by police officers.

In light of the recent events and deaths, we need to restore public confidence and initiate change so that justice is served for our families from this day on.

Signed,

Kevin Powell (BK Nation), Beverly Bond (Black Girls Rock), Laura Dawn (ART NOT WAR), Daron Murphy (ART NOT WAR)

Why is this important?

We are New Yorkers–Kevin Powell (BK Nation), Beverly Bond (Black Girls Rock), Laura Dawn (ART NOT WAR), Daron Murphy (ART NOT WAR)–outraged by the lack of indictment in the Eric Garner case, and hope to promote a path towards justice.

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Reasons for signing

  • Honorable Andrew Cuomo: I am writing to you in support of Attorney General Schneiderman's proposal to investigate, and if necessary, prosecute cases involving police killing unarmed citizens. New York State faces a diminishing faith in the criminal justice system that extends from the police department to the District Attorney's Office. Subdivision two of Executive Law Section 63 grants you the authority to appoint the Attorney General to investigate and prosecute any criminal case ...
  • Where was justice for Eric Garner? The verdict was plain and simple, SO VERY UNFAIR.
  • America's police force need strict citizen oversight. The police force ultimately should be under the jurisdiction of citizen groups.