Rapper Jay Z has publicly voiced his support for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo after the politician announced plans for police reform in the state after the high-profile killings which sparked protests across the U.S.

The hip-hop star met the governor last month (Dec14) to discuss a variety of topics including a potential review of the criminal justice system after the death of Eric Garner in police custody in the Big Apple last year (14) and the shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Missouri.

Both police officers involved in the killings were not prosecuted after grand juries failed to indict them.

After his meeting with Jay Z, Cuomo gave a speech outlining his plans to overhaul the system and build bridges between the police and local communities, and the proposals have won the backing of the New York-born Big Pimpin' star.

In a statement, Jay Z says, "The criminal justice reform package proposed by Governor Cuomo... is a huge step forward in restoring fairness, protection, sensitivity and accountability for all under our justice system. I commend Governor Cuomo for his bold leadership in taking this issue head on at this critical time. This package presents comprehensive steps to protect and improve relations amongst all citizens. We cannot be divided, as every single human being matters. Together, we can move forward as a community, with mutual respect for each other and continue to make this great state stronger than ever before."

Cuomo's plans include setting up a commission to handle community relations, hiring more police officers from minority groups and an independent review of sealed grand jury records.