ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has picked a veteran prosecutor to lead a new unit that will investigate and potentially prosecute police for killing unarmed civilians.
Alvin Bragg, now an executive deputy attorney general for social justice, will oversee four other prosecutors serving on the new Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit. Schneiderman created the unit after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order directing the attorney general to investigate killings by police.READ MORE: First Alert Forecast: Saturday Snowstorm Could Mean More Than A Foot For Long Island, Up To 6 Inches In NYC
The unit will examine cases involving the killings of unarmed civilians by police or when there are questions about whether the slain civilian was armed and dangerous.