Politicians, prosecutors discuss housing project shooting in New York

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NEW YORK (AP) — Elected officials in New York City say prosecutors should charge a police officer who killed an unarmed man in a dark public housing stairwell.

City Councilwoman Inez Barron and Assemblyman-elect Charles Barron met Monday with officials in the Brooklyn district attorney’s office.

Afterward, Charles Barron told reporters he thinks the shooting of Akai Gurley warrants a charge of criminally negligent homicide.

Gurley was killed Thursday night. Police say he and his girlfriend had opened a door into a stairway, and an officer patrolling the pitch-dark stairwell with his gun drawn fired.

Police Commissioner William Bratton called Gurley’s death a tragedy that befell someone “totally innocent.”

The Brooklyn district attorney’s office has not commented on Gurley’s death, which was ruled a homicide.

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  • TOPDOG1

    Overreach and over prosecution by prosecutors,(both state and federal) Mostly on drug laws is the number one problem within our justice system. Their methods have become so underhanded and unscrupulous that no justice or civil system nor person can long tolerate or withstand them. they should all be required and held to a much higher standard.At present they are held, only, to very low standards,no more than any ambulance chaser.This allows villains and tyrants to flourish, all hiding behind legal status. Many use their office only to play politics. The protection of our Civil Rights are supposed to be protected by these louts.Instead they completely ignore their responsibility. Most should be tarred and feathered before being ran from town.At the very least, most should be brought before a board and dis-barred on ethical grounds for total disregard and subversion of our Civil Rights as well as incompetent irresponsibility.