FILE PHOTO: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S., June 10, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday said he will require local governments to develop and adopt by April 1 plans to reinvent police departments to address use of force, police bias and other issues that have triggered anti-racism protests.
Cuomo said he would sign an executive order that says state funding will go only to municipalities with laws mandating their police departments “reinvent and modernize” to battle systemic racism.
“That should be done in every police agency in this country,” Cuomo told a press conference that also included the mothers of Eric Garner and Sean Bell, unarmed black Americans who died in confrontations with police.
Reporting by Gabriella Borter and Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama