After New York governor Andrew Cuomo laid out a six-point plan to reform the NYPD and improve relations between the police form and citizens in a speech, delivered in his State of the State speech on Wednesday, Jay Z has released his own statement in support of the plan. Hov met with Cuomo in December to discuss these issues of criminal justice reform, made especially urgent in the wake of Eric Garner's death, and it's good to hear him following through. Here's Jay Z's statement in full, as reported by Capitol Confidential:
The criminal justice reform package proposed by Governor Cuomo today is a huge step forward in restoring fairness, protection, sensitivity and accountability for all under our justice system. I commend Governor Cuomo for his bold leadership in taking this issue head on at this critical time. 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.
You can hear Cuomo's reform plan in full, in which he proposes a statewide commission on police-community relations, an effort to recruit more minority police officers, and state funding for body cameras and bulletproof vests, and several measures to increase scrutiny of police, here.