NYPD officer Peter Liang indicted over fatal shooting of Aaki Gurley

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A young New York Police Department officer has been indicted in the death of an unarmed black-man, who was accidentally shot and killed on November 20 last year.

Officer Peter Liang will appear in court on February 11 for killing 28-year-old Akai Gurley when he fired into a darkened stairwell as Gurley waited for an elevator.

The incident occurred in Louis Pink Houses, a Brooklyn housing project, at around 11 p.m., when Gurley and his girlfriend, Melissa Butler, were leaving her apartment on the 7th floor. When they found the elevator not working properly, they entered the darkened stairwell.

At the same time, officer Liang and his partner, Shaun Landau, were on the 8th floor conducting a vertical patrol of the building, in which officers patrol the stairwell of public housing buildings in an attempt to prevent crime.

The gun accidentally discharged when Liang pushed open the door with his pistol in hand just as Gurley and Butler entered the stairwell one floor below. The bullet travelled 12 feet down towards the 7th floor landing, ricocheted off the walls and struck Gurley in the chest.

Not knowing he had been shot, Gurley and Butler ran. Gurley managed to get down two flights of stairs before collapsing at the fifth floor landing where a neighbor called 911 while Butler administered first aid.

Gurley was pronounced dead at the hospital. He leaves behind a 2-year-old daughter.

Liang is indicted with several charges including manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault and official misconduct by the grand jury that could send him to prison for up to 15 years.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Where the incident occurred
2. Gurley and Butler heads into the stairwell
3. Officer Liang and Landau patrolling
4. Liang’s gun fired when he pushed open the door
5. Bullet ricocheted off the wall before striking Gurley in the chest
6. Gurley collapsing on the fifth floor landing

VOICEOVER (in English):

“The shooting of Akai Gurley by New York police officer Peter Liang happened in a Brooklyn housing project at around 11 p.m..”

“Gurley and his girlfriend, Melissa Butler, had left her apartment to find the elevator not working properly, and so entered the 7th floor stairwell.”

“At the same time, officer Liang and his partner, Shaun Landau, were on the eighth floor patrolling the building.”

“Just as Gurley entered the stairwell one floor below, the gun accidentally discharged when Liang pushed open the door with his pistol in hand.”

“The bullet travelled 12 feet down to the seventh floor landing, ricocheted off the wall and struck Gurley in the chest.”

“Not knowing he had been shot, Gurley ran down two flights of stairs before collapsing on the fifth floor landing.”


SOURCES: Reuters, New York daily news
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/10/us-usa-police-new-york-idUSKBN0LE2QF20150210
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/involved-fatal-shooting-akai-gurley-indicted-article-1.2109892