Cuomo says he will offer justice reform package

Posted at 4:21 PM, Dec 11, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-06 16:21:25-05

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a genuine problem exists with the perception among minorities that the criminal justice system isn't fair and he'll propose reforms next year.

Regardless of whether there are dual standards in American justice, Cuomo says the perception issue predates the case of Eric Garner, whose videotaped death while being arrested by police in Staten Island led to widespread protests.

Cuomo says Thursday he's been talking to police, prosecutors and community activists, and he believes reforms are possible.

He says changes should have come years ago, but you need to seize the moment when people are focused to make them happen.

One possibility is a special prosecutor for cases against police, which he calls a complex issue.