The American justice system "does need a review," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday in a speech marking the start of his second term.
The Democratic governor who's seen as a potential White House hopeful if Hillary Clinton doesn't run alluded to the Staten Island police choking death of Eric Garner in his second inaugural address.
He said "lady justice" is blindfolded in a way intended to suggest that race, wealth and class are irrelevant to the pursuit of justice, but that "today, too many people are questioning if the blindfold is still intact, or if the justice system just sees black and white, or black and blue, or rich and poor"
"The situation has devolved into one which everyone is talking and no one is listening. It must stop, and it is time for the truth," Cuomo said. "The truth is the justice system does need review. The truth is there are troubling questions that have been raised that must be answered. The truth is police officers do need more safety and need more protection. The truth is law enforcement needs to respect the community as much as the community needs to respect law enforcement."
Cuomo's pledge to address those issues in his second term comes weeks after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio angered police there by questioning whether his mixed-race son would be safe in the city because of his skin color.
He addressed a number of broader social issues in Thursday's speech, pledging to use his second term to address a wider swath of items than he'd often discussed during his first four years in office.