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Family of Akai Gurley, man fatally shot by NYPD, sues NYC

May 21, 2015 Associated Press
State Assemblymember-elect Charles Barron, left, and his wife, City Councilwoman Inez Barron, flank Melissa Butler, Akai Gurley's girlfriend, during a news conference in Brooklyn. AP Photo/Richard Drew

The family of an unarmed Brooklyn man shot by police in November has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against New York City.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday, names the officer who shot Akai Gurley; his partner; and the city’s Housing Authority.

Police say Gurley was accidentally shot after opening a door in a dark stairway that Officer Peter Liang was patrolling.

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Liang was indicted in February on manslaughter and other charges.

The city’s Law Department called the shooting a tragic accident and said it will review the claims once the lawsuit is served.


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