Prosecutor will recommend no jail time for officer who killed Akai Gurley in stairwell shooting

NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor says he’ll ask a judge not to give jail time to a New York City police officer convicted of accidentally firing a stray shot into a public housing stairwell that killed an unarmed man, a recommendation that the victim’s family says “diminishes” his death.

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson said Wednesday that Officer Peter Liang acted recklessly, but he didn’t intend to kill 28-year-old Akai Gurley.

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He says justice will be served if Liang is sentenced to probation and six months of house arrest. Liang was fired from the police force last month.

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Gurley’s family says Thompson’s recommendation “diminishes Akai’s death.” They say they’ll implore state Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun to sentence Liang to time in prison at a court proceeding next month.

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