Peter Liang Found Guilty of Manslaughter For the Killing of Akai Gurley

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New York police officer Peter Liang, who shot and killed an unarmed man in a New York housing project stairwell in 2014, has been found guilty of manslaughter and official misconduct. Liang was charged with 5 counts in the death of 28-year old Akai.

Liang was charged with manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment, criminally negligent homicide and official misconduct.

The jury consisted of 7 men and 5 women.   During trial, Liang testified in his own defense.  He testified that his gun went off by accident after he entered the pitch-black stairwell and heard a “quick sound” coming from his left side that startled him and caused him to “tense up” and fire his weapon.

A major contention happened at trial when prosecutors presented that Liang did not administer first aid to Akai.  Prosecutors called on a number of instructors from the Police Academy to testify about the…

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