Cuomo calls for independent investigations into all police brutality allegations
Added 06-01-20 11:23:02am EST - “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters during his Sunday COVID-19 briefing that he will expand state police presence upstate and has the National Guard on standby for another night of planned demonstrations against the killing…” - Washingtonexaminer.com
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters during his Sunday COVID-19 briefing that he will expand state police presence upstate and has the National Guard on standby for another night of planned demonstrations against the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
And while Cuomo criticized the violence and destruction that took part in many of the demonstrations nationwide, he also called for changes to be made in reviewing allegations of police brutality, adding that little has changed in at least 30 years.
“Demand that the federal government and every state government pass a law that says allegations of police abuse cannot be investigated by local prosecutors because self policing does not work, period,” he said. “Allegations must be investigated by an independent outside agency. Demand that we define excessive force by a police officer by one standard all across this nation, so every American lives by the same standard.”
He called on changes that go deeper than that, including uniform public school funding per child. He bemoaned a system where some districts spend nearly three times as much per student than lesser affluent districts.
Cuomo also reiterated his call for state Attorney General Tish James to review New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers tactics in response to demonstrations, adding that her review, which he wants in 30 days, will include a review of incidents that took place throughout the weekend.
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