Politicians, prosecutors discuss housing project shooting in New York
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.