NYPD Rookie Police Officer Indicted On Manslaughter Charge For Killing Of Unarmed Brooklyn Man
Peter Liang, the rookie cop who killed unarmed Brooklynite Akai Gurley has been indicted on second degree manslaughter charges for the shooting that took place in November in Gurley’s unlit housing project staircase.
According to NY Daily News reports:
Peter Liang will face criminal charges that can send him to prison for up to 15 years for the death of Akai Gurley on Nov. 20, 2014, a source said.
A grand jury started hearing the case on Feb 4. A spokeswoman for the Brooklyn district attorney declined to comment.
A source said Liang was indicted for a top count second-degree manslaughter, which means he acted recklessly, among other charges.
Liang discharged one bullet when patrolling the stairways of the Pink Houses in East New York, striking Gurley in the chest as the man stood in the landing a floor below.
The News reported that Liang and his partner did not answer the radio in the six-plus minutes right after the shooting and instead texted their union reps.
The DA had obtained an indictment in recent months against three cops in two different incidents involving alleged assaults during arrests.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton had previously called Gurley’s shooting “an unfortunate accident.”
Liang is expected to turn himself in Wednesday morning ahead of his arraignment in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
SMH. Damn shame they have these unexperienced cops out here shooting blindly in the dark, afraid of what the big bad black man is going to do. An innocent man was killed and meanwhile you can bet the sorry a$$ Police and Sergeant’s Benevolent Association are out here issuing statements about how sorry they are for the poor cop, who still has his life, who “accidentally” took someone else’s because he was afraid.