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.
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.
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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