cuomogunsAs Chicago and the state of Illinois grapple with prosecuting a case in which a police officer shot and killed a 17-year-old man, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday touted his own efforts to investigate incidents in which police kill civilians.

Cuomo did so on the syndicated radio show of the Rev. Al Sharpton, an activist who had pushed for a special prosecutor here in New York after the death of Eric Garner, who died after being held in a choke hold by a New York City police officer.

“New York had a situation very like many of the other situations across the country,” Cuomo said in the interview. “There was outrage in the community where apparently what they saw in the video was a person being killed and there was no justice.”

Cuomo even echoed the refrain of demonstrators against police brutality saying, “No justice, no peace — it’s right!”

Asked if he had any advice for officials in Illinois dealing with the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, Cuomo said: “The concern that people are articulating is right. … Look at the video. There are questions, and government’s job is to act.”

After a grand jury declined to indict Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death, Cuomo signed an executive order this summer granting Attorney General Eric Schneiderman the power of special prosecutor in cases in which police cause the death of a civilian.

Cuomo at the time called the move a “national model” and helped dispel concerns over the relationship between police and prosecutors.

“The prosecutors are very institutionally close and connected to the police force,” Cuomo said. “Conflicts of interest can be real or they can be perceived. The point of the justice system is you have to have confidence and you have to have trust.”

Cuomo credited the order, along with Sharpton himself, for turning down the volume in the debate over criminal justice concerns.

“It really went a long way to calm the waters here,” he said.

The interview included a phone call in from Harlem Assemblyman Keith Wright, a Democrat who is running a crowded primary to replace retiring Rep. Charles Rangel.

Wright, a former state party co-chair under Cuomo, praised the governor’s executive order.

“The governor needs to be applauded from New York to California,” Wright said, “including Hawaii.”