The 45-year-old rap star recently said NYC Governor Andrew Cuomo's new plan is a "huge step forward in restoring fairness, protection, sensitivity and accountability for all under our justice system."
Jay Z has finally spoken out in support of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to improve police relations, which he addressed in Wednesday's State of the State speech by outlining a six-point reform package that aims to restore trust between the police and the community.
Jay Z supports New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to improve police relations
The 45-year-old rap star called Cuomo's proposed plan a "huge step forward in restoring fairness, protection, sensitivity and accountability for all under our justice system," in a statement via Capitol Confidential.
"I commend Governor Cuomo for his bold leadership in taking this issue head on at this critical time," Jay's statement continued. "This package presents comprehensive steps to protect and improve relations amongst all citizens. We cannot be divided, as every single human being matters. Together, we can move forward as a community, with mutual respect for each other and continue to make this great state stronger than ever before."
Unlike other high-profile celebrities, Jay has remained quiet following the killing of Eric Garner, 43, who was a father of six, by a white police officer putting an illegal chokehold on him while he was being arrested.
The Grammy-winner was also not outspoken after protests began following a New York City grand jury decided not to indict the officer responsible, but he did supply NBA players "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts and he also met with Cuomo previously about making changes the state's criminal system.
With cases similar to Garner's, Cuomo plans to allow district attorneys to issue a report explaining proceedings where police officers are investigated but not indicted in fatalities. The D.A. will also be able to appoint independent monitors to review such cases.
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