Officer Fatally Shoots Unarmed Man by “Accident”
A rookie cop in the New York Police Department has labeled the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in a Brooklyn housing project, an “accident.”
While working a specialized overtime detail in the Pink Houses, Peter Liang and his fellow rookie partner, Shaun Landau, entered the eighth floor of the dark building when the victim, 28-year-old Akai Gurley entered from the seventh floor with his girlfriend, reports the New York Post.
Claiming to be startled and without any announcement or call-out, officer Liang reportedly fired one shot into the Gurley’s chest causing him to immediately tumble down two flights of stairs.
Gurley was taken to the hospital where he was announced dead.
Liang told other cops that the shooting was an accident.
During a press conference, the NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton described the incident as an “accident” that was the result of a “pitch black stairway.”
“As the officers were entering the eighth-floor landing, the lights were not operable,” Bratton said. “Everything points to accidental discharge.”
At the time of the shooting, reports state that Gurley was unarmed and was not suspect of any wrongdoing.
My question is why was there a need to mention the VICTIM’s criminal past in the New York Post article? Please tell me where the open slate and relevance of this information fits in this scenario.
At the moment of his murder, Akai Gurley had no weapon and posed no threat. His past does in no way justify that he was murdered by an officer who had not been attacked or harmed, but felt “startled” in a dark stairwell and made the decision to fire his gun without warning.
What if that was a child? And since when do cops not announce themselves?
An accident? It could be true. But this situation could have been fully avoided. A man should not be dead.
As a result, Liang has been stripped of his gun and badge and is on modified duty.
The case is currently under investigation.
What consequence do you think Liang should face? Let us know in the comments!