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NYPD cop indicted in stairway killing of Akai Gurley

2015-02-11 01:31:41

Akai GurleySylvia Palmer (right), mother of Akai Gurley (left), mourns her son's death at the Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn.

A Brooklyn grand jury has indicted NYPD cop Peter Liang, who ​says he ​​accidentally ​fired his gun​, killing an innocent man,Akai Gurley​,​ in the darkened stairwell of an East New York housing project last year, sources told ​T​he Post.

The grand jury was convened last week in Brooklyn Supreme Court, ​T​he Post exclusively reported at the time.

Liang was indicted on charges including manslaughter in the second degree, sources said.

District Attorney Ken Thompson said in December that he would convene a grand jury to hear evidence against Liang.

A DA spokeswoman declined to comment.

The November death of Gurley, 28, was ruled a "homicide" by the Medical Examiner's office.

Gurley was not armed and NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton called Gurley a "total innocent."

Liang, 27, has said he accidentally fired his gun.

An attorney for Gurley's domestic partn​​er, Kimberly Ballinger, welcomed Liang's indictment.

"The feeling of Ms. Ballinger and myself is that this is the first step in the fight for justice for this wrongful and reckless shooting of an innocent man," said attorney Scott Rynecki, who filed a $50 million notice of claim against the city over Gurley's death.

The police union put out a statement highlighting the dangerous nature of patrolling city housing projects.

"This officer deserves the same due process afforded to anyone involved in the accidental death of another. The fact that he was assigned to patrol one most dangerous housing projects in New York City must be considered among the circumstances of this tragic accident," said PBA president Patrick J. Lynch.

Source: nypost.com

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