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Officer Pleads Not Guilty in Shooting Death of Akai Gurley


From the New York Times:

A New York City police officer was arraigned on Wednesday in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn on several felony charges, including second-degree manslaughter, in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in an East New York housing project last November.

The officer, Peter Liang, appeared in a suit and tie and stood silently as the charges were read against him in the death of the man, Akai Gurley: the top charge of manslaughter as well as criminally negligent homicide and second-degree assault, both felonies, and misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment and two counts of official misconduct.

“It is important to note that there are no winners here,” the Brooklyn district attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson, said in a news conference after the court hearing. “We don’t believe that Officer Liang intended to kill Mr. Gurley,” whom he described as a father, brother, friend and companion to those who knew him.