The Republican-led Senate finance committee on Wednesday declined to vote a bill out of committee that would allow the attorney general to investigate cases in which an unarmed civilian is killed during an interaction with police.
The legislation, which was sponsored by Senate minority leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, would create an office of special investigation within the office of the attorney general to investigate and, when appropriate, prosecute local police officers. It was voted down 20-16.
The legislation was introduced following the death of Eric Garner, a black Staten Island resident whose death in police custody was captured on video and led to a national outcry and calls for police reform.
The Republican head of the finance committee, John DeFrancisco, reacted skeptically to the idea that replacing district attorneys with the A.G. would make cases less political.
New York just rejected a bill that would have allowed the Attorney General to investigate police killings of unarmed civilians.