by Christopher Mathias, Huffington Post
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed an executive order Wednesday appointing a special prosecutor to handle cases involving civilians who die at the hands of police.
“We have seen this all across the country where there’s a lack of trust in the criminal justice system, triggered by a particular case,” Cuomo had told reporters on Tuesday, according to Capital New York. “And the basic argument is always the same. That they don’t trust the prosecution because of the connections with the police. And a criminal justice system doesn’t work without trust.”
Cuomo had previously said the executive order, which puts state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in charge of prosecuting police-involved killings, would be in effect for just one year. But on Wednesday the governor announced the executive order would last indefinitely, or as long as the sitting governor of New York wishes.