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Family of man shot by police files claims against NYC

January 29, 2015 By Deepti Hajela Associated Press
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton. AP photo
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The family of an unarmed man shot by a police officer in a Brooklyn housing project stairway has notified the city that it intends to file lawsuits seeking $50 million.

The attorney for the mother of Akai Gurley’s toddler daughter filed legal paperwork on Thursday.

Gurley was shot to death on Nov. 20.

Police have said Officer Peter Liang apparently fired accidentally when Gurley and his girlfriend opened a door into the stairwell.

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Police Commissioner William Bratton has said Gurley was “totally innocent.”

A notice of claim is the first step in suing the city. Sometimes claims are settled before the actual lawsuits are filed.

The city’s Law Department called it a “tragic incident” and said the matter would be reviewed.

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