Funeral For Man Shot By NY Cops In Stairwell
Akai Gurley, 28, was killed November 20 when he and his girlfriend opened a door to a stairway while Officer Peter Liang was patrolling the building in the dark. His mother stepfather, and 2-year-old daughter paid their respects.
Police have said Liang apparently fired by accident, killing Gurley. Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson said Friday that he would present the case to a grand jury.
An aunt of Gurley’s, Janice Asiedu, tells TV station New York 1 that she wants “justice to be served.”
The New York Daily News reported that while Gurley lay dying, and while his commander was trying to reach Liang and partner Shaun Landau, Liang was texting his union rep.
In the critical moments after the Nov. 20 shooting, the cops’ commanding officer and an emergency operator — responding to a 911 call from a neighbor and knowing the duo was in the area — tried to reach them in vain, sources said.“That’s showing negligence,” said a law enforcement source of the pair’s decision to text their union rep before making a radio call for help.
“The guy is dying and you still haven’t called it in?”
To make things even worse, the officers were uncertain of the exact address of the building in the Pink Houses they were in, according to their text messages, the sources said…
Adding to the tragedy surrounding Gurley’s death, the officers involved were not supposed to be doing a patrol in the stairways, the sources said.