Jay Z meets with NY governor Cuomo to talk about criminal justice system

Jay Z met with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday to discuss reform of the state’s criminal justice system in the wake of Eric Garner and other high-profile cases.

The hip-hop mogul met Cuomo at his Manhattan offices. Melissa DeRosa, the governor’s spokesperson, shared a photo of the meeting via Twitter.

DeRosa said Jay Z and Cuomo “had a productive conversation about doing a top-to-bottom review of the criminal-justice system, and how we can all work together to pass a reform package that ensures equality in the eyes of the law,” reports Page Six of the NY Post.

The Post decided to editorially include Hov’s past life with an “ex-crack dealer” in its headline.

A grand jury decided not to indict the white NYPD officer of the videotaped chokehold death of unarmed Garner. Protests have erupted across the nation, and multiple high-profile athletes have worn “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts to show their support since the Dec. 3 announcement.

Earlier this week, Jay Z assisted LeBron James and fellow NBA stars in obtaining “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts for the Nets vs. Cavaliers game in Brooklyn.

The Daily Kos notes that among his other contributions, Jay Z continues to pay tuitions for the children of Sean Bell, who was killed by NYPD officers in 2006, as well as financially supporting protestors in Ferguson.

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