BREAKING: NYPD Officer Indicted For The Deadly Shooting Of Akai Gurley


Akai Gurley's casket

The New York Daily News reports that Officer Peter Liang was charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of Akai Gurley.

On November 20, 2014, Gurley was walking down a dark flight stairs in a Brooklyn apartment, after he grew tired of waiting for an elevator. During a customary — and controversial — vertical patrol, Liang fatally shot the unarmed man, who Police Chief Bill Bratton later called a “total innocent.” But instead of calling for medical assistance, Liang and Officer Shaun Landau chose to text a union representative.

Gurley’s death fueled national protests over police officers’ perceived use of force against countless African American men and women, including Mike Brown and Eric Garner. Liang’s indictment breaks a cycle of non-indictments in the past year.