NEW YORK, NY - Former NYPD officer Peter Liang is facing prison time after a jury found him guilty of manslaughter in the death of Akai Gurley.
In November 2014, the rookie cop and his partner were patrolling a housing project in Brooklyn. As Liang entered a dimly lit stairwell, he fired his gun. The bullet ricocheted off a wall and hit 28-year-old Gurley on the floor below. The question at the center of Liang's trial was whether that gunshot was intentional. Prosecutors argued that Liang was not being threatened, saying that his behavior was reckless for having his finger on the trigger as he patrolled the building.
The Gurley family's attorney said, "What we said in this case is that we have to have police officers who follow the training that they are given. There is a reason why we have a police academy."
At the time of the shooting, Liang had been out of the police academy for just 18 months. Now, he could be sentenced to as many as 15 years in prison.
Gurley's partner said, "My daughter is still left without a father. I'm still left without a partner. It's still hard even though he was found guilty, it's still hard not having Akai here."