New York Lawmaker Asks for Inquiry Into Police-Involved Shooting in Queens

A New York legislator has asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the fatal shooting of a 32-year-old man in Queens over the weekend.

The New York Times reports that state Sen. James Sanders Jr. submitted the request to Cuomo, whose office said it will be forwarded to the state attorney general.

The Democrat senator represents the district where George Tillman was killed by plainclothes officers on Sunday.

Police say officers approached Tillman because he was holding an open bottle of alcohol. Authorities say he reached for his weapon and four of the officers fired, hitting him 11 times.

Sanders says he submitted the request after complaints from residents. He says the incident should have fresh eyes from people who aren't connected to the officers.

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