NYPD's 'Accidental' Shooting Fuels Police Violence Debate
A NYPD officer shot and killed an unarmed black man Thursday night. Police call it an accident; critics call it institutionalized violence.By Matt Picht | November 21, 2014
A New York City rookie police officer has fatally shot an unarmed black man in a Brooklyn housing project in what the police are calling a tragic accident, and some observers are calling part of a grim pattern.
"At this point, all indications are that this was an accidental discharge. This discharge, we believe, struck and killed the deceased in this incident," NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told reporters.
Twenty-eight-year-old Akai Gurley was shot once in the chest by NYPD Officer Peter Liang during his patrol of a Brooklyn housing complex Thursday night. Police sources told WCBS Liang's gun discharged while he was trying to open a door.