Opening statements begin at NYC police officer’s trial

The latest from the manslaughter trial of New York police officer Peter Liang, who fatally shot Akai Gurley in a pitch black stairwell in 2014 (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

A prosecutor has told a jury that a New York City police officer killed an innocent man by recklessly pulling his gun and firing into a darkened stairwell in 2014.

Prosecutor Marc Fliedner (FLEED’-nuhr) made the accusation Monday in opening statements at the manslaughter trial of Peter Liang (lee-ANG’).

Fliedner also said that Liang and his partner failed to assist Akai Gurley as he was dying.

Investigators say Liang was holding his flashlight and his gun when he fired a single round in a pitch black stairwell. The bullet bounced off a wall before striking Gurley, who was on the floor below him.

His lawyers have said the shooting was an accident, not a crime. Prosecutors agree that Liang didn’t mean to shoot and kill Gurley.

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3 a.m.

A rookie New York Police Department officer who shot an unarmed man inside a housing project is going on trial.

Opening statements are set for Monday morning in the manslaughter case against Officer Peter Liang (lee-ANG’). The officer shot and killed 28-year-old Akai Gurley in 2014.

His lawyers have said the shooting was an accident, not a crime. They’ve also indicated Liang will take the witness stand.

Investigators say Liang was holding his flashlight and his gun when he fired a single round in a pitch black stairwell. The bullet bounced off a wall before striking Gurley, who was on the floor below him.

Prosecutors also say that the officer and his partner argued over whether to report the shooting to supervisors.



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