NYPD Officer Convicted of Manslaughter in Reckless Stairwell Shooting
Officer Peter Liang, a rookie police officer who shot an unarmed Akai Gurley dead in a darkened public housing stairwell, was convicted Thursday of manslaughter.
The shooting happened in a year of debate nationwide about police killings of black men, and activists have looked to Liang’s trial as a counterweight to cases in which grand juries have declined to indict officers, including the cases of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York. Like Gurley, Brown and Garner were black and unarmed.
The manslaughter charge, a felony, carries up to 15 years in prison. While Liang awaits sentencing April 14, he was dismissed from the New York Police Department right after the verdict, department spokesman Peter Donald said.
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