Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for New York to lead on criminal justice reform stating he is considering a range of measures, including reforming grand juries, reported State of Politics.
The governor said he wants to restore confidence in the criminal justice system that has been shaken following a grand jury failing to indict a New York City police officer in the chokehold death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner and a similar case in Ferguson, Missouri, in which an unarmed black teen was shot and killed by a police officer but was not indicted.
“What the protesters are basically saying is we don’t trust the criminal justice system and that’s a problem,” said Cuomo.
“We are doing a full review of the situation that started in New York City, where you have a true problem that has to be resolved, because you have a situation that is unsustainable.”
Meanwhile, Cuomo said he the police department “has to feel respected and protected.”
“Why? Because they deserve it,” Cuomo said, adding that he will be considering new protections for law enforcement as well.
“It’s a statewide problem, but it’s also a nationwide problem,” Cuomo said. “This is a nationwide problem, but as New Yorkers, it’s our obligation to solve it first.”