- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Mothers and other relatives of a dozen New Yorkers killed by police have brought cardboard coffins to the state Capitol to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor for future cases.

Setting the black cardboard coffins outside Cuomo’s office, the mothers say he promised this year to appoint such a prosecutor by executive order if the Legislature fails to pass his proposal to establish a special monitor to review grand jury investigations of police who kill unarmed civilians.

Gwen Carr, whose son Eric Garner died last year in a police chokehold in Staten Island where no officers were indicted, says prosecutors who work regularly with police aren’t capable of bringing those cases.

The Legislature is set to adjourn this week.

A Cuomo spokesman says talks with legislators continue.

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