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Akai Gurley was killed by a New York City police officer on November 20, 2014. (Photo: Screenshot)

NYPD Officer Indicted in Shooting of Akai Gurley: Reports

Officer Peter Liang reportedly texted union representative instead of calling for ambulance

Nadia Prupis

NYPD Officer Peter Liang, who shot an unarmed Brooklyn man to death in November by firing his gun up a dark stairwell in a housing project, was indicted on Tuesday, according to reports.

A formal announcement by District Attorney Kenneth Thompson is expected to be made Wednesday. It was unclear Tuesday afternoon if charges would include manslaughter.

Liang, who reportedly texted his union representative before calling for an ambulance after shooting Gurley in the chest on November 20, said he had fired his gun accidentally while patrolling the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York.

Following the shooting, police commissioner Bill Bratton called Gurley a "total innocent."

Gurley's death became one of the focal points of the Black Lives Matter movement, which called attention to institutional racism and police brutality after the police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in Staten Island last year. Neither officer in those cases was indicted.


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'We WILL Fight Back': Outrage, Resolve as Protests Erupt Against SCOTUS Abortion Ruling

Demonstrators took to the streets Friday to defiantly denounce the Supreme Court's right-wing supermajority after it rescinded a constitutional right for the first time in U.S. history.

Brett Wilkins ·


80+ US Prosecutors Vow Not to Be Part of Criminalizing Abortion Care

"Criminalizing and prosecuting individuals who seek or provide abortion care makes a mockery of justice," says a joint statement signed by 84 elected attorneys. "Prosecutors should not be part of that."

Kenny Stancil ·


Progressives Rebuke Dem Leadership as Clyburn Dismisses Death of Roe as 'Anticlimactic'

"The gap between the Democratic leadership, and younger progressives on the question of 'How Bad Is It?' is just enormous."

Julia Conley ·


In 10 Key US Senate Races, Here's How Top Candidates Responded to Roe Ruling

While Republicans unanimously welcomed the Supreme Court's rollback of half a century of reproductive rights, one Democrat said "it's just wrong that my granddaughter will have fewer freedoms than my grandmother did."

Brett Wilkins ·


Sanders Says End Filibuster to Combat 'Outrageous' Supreme Court Assault on Abortion Rights

"If Republicans can end the filibuster to install right-wing judges to overturn Roe v. Wade, Democrats can and must end the filibuster, codify Roe v. Wade, and make abortion legal and safe," said the Vermont senator.

Jake Johnson ·

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