NEW YORK( AP) — A New York police officer recklessly burnt his handgun into a shaded stairwell, killing a serviceman, and then “stood there sobbing and sobbing about how he had been able to get fired” instead of helping the croaking male, a prosecutor spoke Monday at the manslaughter trial.
After the 2014 shooting, Officer Peter Liang and his partner ambled past Akai Gurley and a friend who was trying to give him CPR, prosecutor Marc Fliedner said in opening announcements. Neither officer stopped, he said.
“A police officer — this police officer — and he never even knelt down and try to fix what he’d done, ” Fliedner said.
Defense attorney Rae Koshetz said that Liang’s gun exhausted accidentally and that he didn’t commit a crime.
“Peter Liang had no intention to hurt anybody, ” she said.
Her client had his gun drawn because he was headed to the roof of the house campaign — “the most dangerous place of a dangerous home, ” she said.
Koshetz read Liang initially had no idea the bullet had struck anyone. Once he learned, “he was in a state of surprise and was hyperventilating, ” she said.
Prosecutors agree that the rookie patrolman didn’t mean to shoot and kill Gurley.
The prosecution stands in contrast to other examples around the country in which detectives intentionally exploited deadly force-out against other unarmed black males but escaped criminal charges.
Liang is expected to take the witness stand.
Advocates for stricter police accountability read the second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent murder and other attacks brought by Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson as justified. They say the case offers a counterpoint to decisions by grandiose juries diminishing to indict white police officer in other murders, including the rights of Eric Garner on Staten Island and Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
The case “is a good sign the DA’s office is moving in the right direction, ” answered Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele, senior community organization for the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund. “But we have a long way to go.”
Added Gurley’s aunt, Hertencia Peterson: “This is for everyone who has not yet gotten justice.”
Chinese-American supporters, however, suppose Liang has been made a scapegoat for past injustices.
“He just happens to be a very convenient person to go after, ” supposed Phil Gim, who’s facilitated coordinate rallyings supporting Liang.
Liang had been an officer for 18 months on the night of Nov. 20, 2014, where reference is and business partners were patrolling the Brooklyn housing project amid reports of a spike in violent crime.
Liang had his gun drag as they condescended onto an eighth-floor ground in a stairwell where the illuminates had burned out, attorneys responded. At the same time, the 28 -year-old Gurley and a acquaintance he was inspecting entered the door into the seventh-floor ground. Liang — his firearm in his left hand and a flashlight in his right — burnt a shot. The bullet ricocheted and struck Gurley in the chest, who built it down two flights of stairs before collapsing.
According to magnificent jury witnes by Liang’s partner, Liang frequently told him, “It went off by accident” and fretted that he would be fired. The two then bickered for at the least two minutes about which one should call a foreman to report the discharge.
After the grease-gun went off, Liang “stood there complaining and sighing about how he could get fired, ” Fliedner, the public prosecutor, supposed Monday.
Prosecutors allege Liang acted recklessly in his handling of his weapon and that he and his partner did nothing to improve Gurley, even after they knew he had been shot. Court articles describe the pair walking around the succumbing casualty and down a flight of stairs as the weeping acquaintance tried to give him CPR.
The defense also has suggested that Liang’s gun was defective.
The slaying remembered two others by patrolmen patrolling Brooklyn housing projects — the shootings of 19 -year-old Timothy Stansbury on a rooftop in 2004 and of 13 -year-old Nicholas Heyward Jr. while carrying a plaything firearm. Neither man was charged.
Gurley’s family has brought a wrongful-death lawsuit on behalf of the members of his estate and his young daughter.
He had planned to move the child and her mother with him to Florida, where his loving mother lives, before their own lives was cut short, his aunt said.
“It’s how Akai was killed that’s impossible to admit, ” Peterson did. “We’re still in shock.”
Associated Press Writer Colleen Long contributed to this report.