New York City Officer Is Said to Be Indicted in Shooting Death of Akai Gurley

Posted: February 10, 2015 by gamegetterII in Police state USSA
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The police officer who fired the shot that killed an unarmed man in a Brooklyn housing project in November has been indicted, according to three people familiar with the grand jury proceedings.
Peter Liang, 27, who had been on the force for less than 18 months, was patrolling a darkened stairwell at the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York when he shot and killed Akai Gurley, 28. Less than 12 hours after the shooting, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton acknowledged that the shooting had been a grave error.
A formal announcement by the district attorney’s office was expected on Wednesday afternoon, but whether the indictment against Officer Liang includes any homicide counts, such as manslaughter, could not be immediately determined.
When Officer Liang and his partner entered an eighth-floor stairwell in the building, he had his gun drawn, according to the police. At nearly the same moment, Mr. Gurley and his girlfriend entered the seventh-floor stairwell, 14 steps below.
The charges, reported by NY1 on Tuesday afternoon, come two months after a grand jury on Staten Island declined to bring criminal charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, who died after an encounter with the police.
It came at a time of heightened tension between the police and minority communities and was one of several cases that advocates for police reform cited as evidence of overly aggressive police tactics.

Officer Peter Liang, 27, was patrolling a darkened stairwell at the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York, Brooklyn, when he shot and killed Mr. Gurley. Credit Robert Stolarik for The New York Times

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