NYC cop indicted for fatal stairwell shooting of unarmed man -WSJ

NYPD officer indicted in the death of an unarmed black man who was shot and killed in November.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (NBC) – A New York City rookie police officer was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday (February 10) for the shooting of an unarmed man while patrolling the darkened stairwell of a housing project last November, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Peter Liang, the officer, was patrolling with his partner in the Brooklyn housing project at around 11:15 p.m. on Nov. 20 when his gun discharged a single bullet, killing Akai Gurley, 28, who was in the stairwell a flight below with his girlfriend.

The criminal charge or charges Liang will face were not immediately clear, the Journal said. The Brooklyn district attorney declined to comment.

Gurley’s funeral was held in December amid angry demonstrations in New York City days after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, in the chokehold death of another unarmed black man, Eric Garner, on Staten Island.