Last week, Gov. Cuomo released an open letter to state legislators in which he called for them to act on his criminal justice reform package. The Governor’s proposal comes in response to the grand jury’s refusal to issue an indictment against a police officer in the wake of the death of Eric Garner on Staten Island.
The Governor has proposed legislation that would give him the authority to appoint a monitor to review cases where the death of an unarmed civilian results from police action, but where a grand jury does not vote to indict. If the monitor concludes that a case involved error or wrongdoing, the governor would have the power to appoint a special prosecutor who could convene a second grand jury.