NYPD Officer Shoots And Kills Unarmed Man In Brooklyn

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An unarmed 28 year old Brooklyn man was shot
dead on Thursday night November 20th and
police say it was just an ‘unfortunate tragedy’

because he wasn’t targeted.
The victim, Akai Gurley, (pictured above)
had spent the evening at his girlfriend’s
apartment inside the Louis Pink housing
projects. The couple left the seventh floor
apartment around 11:15 p.m. and tried to
take an elevator down to the bottom floor.
When the elevator wouldn’t work, they
entered the stairwell.”
Two officers, meanwhile, were conducting a
vertical patrol — also known as a top to
bottom patrol — inside the building. Upon
entering the “dark” stairwell on the eighth
floor, Bratton said, Officer Peter Liang drew
his gun and flashlight as a safety
precaution. That’s when Gurley and his
girlfriend — identified by the New York Daily
News as Melissa Butler — also entered the
stairwell.
At that moment, Liang fired one round from
the eighth floor landing. Gurley, who was on
the seventh floor landing, was struck in the
chest.
The wounded man and his girlfriend then
ran down the stairs before Gurley collapsed
on the fifth floor. Under instructions from a
911 operator, Butler then tried to administer
first aid. Gurley was transported to
Brookdale Hospital, where he was
pronounced dead on arrival.
New York City Police Commissioner William
Bratton said that according to a preliminary
investigation, “it appears this may have
been an accidental discharge.” Gurley “was
not engaged in any criminal activity of any
type. He didn’t do nothing wrong. He was
just standing there and they shot him. He
was an innocent man.” Bratton said.
Liang, Bratton said, has been on the force
less than 18 months and was on
probationary assignment to the housing
bureau. Liang and the other officer were
taken to the hospital to be treated for
tinnitus, which is a ringing noise inside the
ears, often caused by gunfire.
Bratton said he talked Friday morning to
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson,
who’s investigating the incident. NYPD
Internal Affairs is also investigating.

Source: Huffington Post

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