The family of Akai Gurley, the unarmed black man who was shot dead by a police officer in a Brooklyn housing project last year, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against New York City.
Gurley’s partner, Kimberly Ballinger, brought the suit on behalf of his estate and their two-year-old daughter, Akaila. It names the officer who shot Gurley—Peter Liang—as well as his partner, Shaun Landau, the New York City Police Department, and the New York City Housing Authority. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
Gurley, 28, was killed when Liang entered the Louis Heaton Pink housing project in East New York last November and fired his gun up an unlit stairwell, which Gurley was descending at the time.
The lawsuit says Liang shot Gurley “negligently and recklessly” and charges that both officers failed to provide adequate medical care after the shooting. It also says the city was negligent “in training, hiring, supervision and retention of the police officers involved in this incident” and in training officers on “the use and abuse of power while in the field.”
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