From the Morning Memo:

As he faces backlash from district attorneys over his office’s special prosecutor status in police-related killings, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is receiving some support from the Rev. Al Sharpton and the liberal advocacy group Citizen Action.

The statements released late Thursday afternoon in support of Schneiderman came after the state district attorney’s association continued to raise concerns with how the attorney general’s office is handling the executive order signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week.

District attorneys continue to fume over the order, which handed Schneiderman control of cases in which police kill civilians.

Schneiderman’s office this week sent a memorandum to the state’s 62 DAs outlining their role in the early hours of an investigation for the specific cases, essentially allowing them to question witnesses and collect evidence, but not bring cases to grand juries or bestow immunity.

The devolution of power from Schneiderman has raised more questions than answers for district attorneys. Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen, the DA association president, released a letter to Schneiderman on Wednesday saying the memorandum is in conflict with both the executive order and, more broadly, Cuomo’s stated concerns about the perception of conflict DAs have in such cases.

Schneiderman disagrees, pointing out in a letter of his own that there is nothing in the law currently prohibiting the DAs from taking preliminary steps after a law enforcement official has killed a civilian.

While the situation underscores the tricky politics of having the power to investigate the cases, Schneiderman is not losing support from the left for his special prosecutor status.

In a statement, Sharpton said he was “appalled” by an effort to “undermine” Schneiderman’s authority by the district attorneys.

“Despite New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s meeting with the group, it appears they want to use bickering and stalling to undermine the execution of this order,” Sharpton said. “This will be resisted by all of us in the movement for police accountability. It is particularly insulting that they would do this on the eve of the first year anniversary of the police-related killing of Eric Garner.”

Karen Scharff, the executive director of Citizen Action, released a similar statement in support, reiterating that the main goal for criminal justice advocates is a modicum of independence following a spate of unarmed black men being killed by police.

“That’s why the Attorney General’s role as an independent special prosecutor is such an important step toward restoring faith in our criminal justice system,” Scharff said. “Local district attorneys should be doing all they can to ensure that no family in New York is denied justice again. Our communities need local prosecutors to protect families, not start a political turf war.”