NYPD Officer Found Guilty of Manslaughter
NYPD Officer Peter Liang has been found guilty of Manslaughter after he shot dead Akai Gurley in the stairwell of a housing project in Brooklyn, New York.
Officer Liang, a rookie cop, was on patrol in the building when he entered a darkened stairwell and fired his weapon, killing Akai Gurley. Officer Liang did not immediately report the incident, instead arguing with his partner as to who should make the call, apparently fearing that he would be fired from the NYPD. Eventually Officer Liang went to search for the bullet, at which time he found Mr. Gurley bleeding to death in his girlfriend’s arms. Liang testified that he called an ambulance, but admitted that he did not help in efforts to resuscitate Mr. Gurley, despite all police officers being trained in first-aid.
Officer Liang was indicted on numerous charges and, after a high profile trial, the jury found him guilty of the top charge of Manslaughter, which can carry a prison sentence of up to 15 years. Officer Liang was also immediately fired by the NYPD, with Mayor De Blasio stating that “the jury has now spoken, and we respect its decision.” Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson believed that "justice was done", however Patrick Lynch, the head of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, refused to accept the decision, claiming that “the jury came to an absolutely wrong decision”
If you have been the victim of police brutality, or a friend or family member has been the victim of wrongful death at the hands of the NYPD, then you should contact the attorneys at PetersonDelleCave LLP.