The 28-year-old rookie NYPD officer Peter Liang, who gunned down an unarmed Akai Gurley in the dark stairwell of a Brooklyn public housing project, was found guilty of manslaughter.
Mr. Gurley was walking in an unlit stairwell with his friend, Melissa Butler, on November 20, 2014 when Officer Liang shot him. Liang testified in court that he was “startled” by a noise in the stairwell and his service weapon went off. A bullet bounced off a wall and struck Gurley in the chest.
Shaun Landau (Liang’s partner), who was present at the time of the shooting, testified that the proper care was not administered to a dying Gurley because Liang was rendered impaired by shock. Landau also testified that he and Liang were not adequately trained in administering CPR by the NYPD despite their role as public servants.
The officer could face up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced later this year.