Rookie New York Police Officer Peter Liang has been indicted in the shooting death of Akai Gurley, according to PIX 11 News:
Gurley, 28, was shot in the chest and killed when a police officer’s gun “accidentally discharged” inside the Pink Houses’ dimly lit staircase on Nov. 21 in Brooklyn. Liang and another officer were working as part of a “violence reduction overtime detail” were patrolling the building at the time.
Police said that’s when Gurley and his girlfriend opened a door into the stairway a floor below the officers.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton initially said the deadly encounter was the result of an “accidental discharge” but emphasized that an investigation was ongoing. The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide and Brooklyn Ken Thompson called the shooting “deeply troubling,” saying the matter warrants a fair investigation.
PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said that Liang “deserves the same due process afforded to anyone involved in the accidental death of another.” Lynch added, “The fact the he was assigned to patrol one most dangerous housing projects in New York City must be considered among the circumstances of this tragic accident.”
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