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03.05.15 Raven Rakia

Three months after Akai Gurley’s killing and three weeks after the indictment of Officer Peter Liang, some residents of the Pink Houses public housing building in East New York – where Akai Gurley was killed – aren’t convinced the indictment will bring about a change in how the police operate in their community. “I don’t […]

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02.12.15 Prachi Gupta

Officer Peter Liang, the rookie cop who was indicted for six charges in the fatal shooting of East New York man Akai Gurley, apparently debated not reporting the incident for four minutes. It had previously been reported that the officer — who was performing a vertical patrol of the Pink Houses when he fired his […]

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02.10.15 Prachi Gupta

A Brooklyn grand jury has indicted rookie cop Peter Liang in the fatal shooting of Akai Gurley, reports NY1. According to the New York Post, the charges include manslaughter in the second degree. Liang and another officer were patrolling East New York’s Pink Houses on November 20 and entered the building. As Liang was opening […]

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01.29.15 Prachi Gupta

The domestic partner of Akai Gurley, the unarmed East New York man who was fatally shot in a stairwell by NYPD in November, plans to sue the city for $50 million for his death. The New York Daily News reports that Kimberly Ballinger, whose two-year-old daughter was fathered by Gurley, is taking the “first legal […]

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12.29.14 Rhett Jones

Protesters gathered in East New York on Saturday to demand justice for Akai Gurley, a resident of the Pink Houses who was shot in a darkened stairwell by a rookie cop. More than 200 protesters reportedly gathered at the site of the shooting before making their way to the 75th Precinct. After arriving at the station, protestors […]

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12.05.14 Prachi Gupta

Just ahead of the funeral on Saturday morning, more than 100 friends, family, and elected officials gathered at the Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Clinton Hill on Friday night for the wake of Akai Gurley. Over 100 people attend the wake for Akai Gurley at the Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. pic.twitter.com/K0pyR0klB3 […]

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Rhett Jones

According to sources speaking with the Daily News, the cop who shot Akai Gurley in an East New York stairwell decided to text his union rep instead of helping the dying man. After the rookie officer entered a darkened stairwell in the Louis H. Pink Houses with his gun drawn, the officers have said there […]

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11.26.14 Rhett Jones

Current and former members of the NYPD told DNAinfo that the police force is still using the same tactics it employed in the high crime days of the early 1990s, despite the fact that crime has drastically reduced, and that the city is a far different place. The sources say that many of the department’s troubles […]

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11.24.14 Rhett Jones

Akai Gurley, 28, was shot and killed by a rookie cop while descending the unlit staircase of East New York’s Pink Houses on November 20th. He was unarmed. According to Gurley’s female companion, Melissa Butler, the two residents decided to take the staircase after the elevator had taken too long to arrive. When the couple […]

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