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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.

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

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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