Report: NYPD Officer Indicted In Deadly Shooting Of Akai Gurley
A grand jury has reportedly indicted the NYPD officer responsible for the November 2014 shooting of Akai Gurley. As you may recall, 28-year-old Gurley was fatally wounded by rookie cop Peter Liang while walking down a dark housing project stairwell with his girlfriend.
According to the New York Daily News, police sources have confirmed that Liang is facing a manslaughter charge that can place him behind bars for up to 15 years. Sources say that Liang’s manslaughter charge implies that there is evidence he acted recklessly that night in the stairwell. He is also reportedly facing other charges.
As previously reported, a single bullet discharged from Liang’s gun hit Gurley in the chest. As the father lay in the Louis Pink Houses stairwell bleeding to death, Liang and his partner texted their union reps. Shortly after the incident, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton referred to Gurley’s death as “an unfortunate accident.”
A grand jury hearing began on February 4. A spokesperson for the Brooklyn district attorney’s office has declined to comment on the purported indictment.