NEW YORK, NY - After months of protest and frustration a former NYPD cop will be heading to court. A grand jury has indicted the New York City cop who shot and killed an unarmed man in a Brooklyn housing project. Rookie NYPD officer Peter Liang says his gun accidentally discharged inside a dark stairwell back in November, hitting Akai Gurley, 28.
Liang and his partner were patrolling the building, and the officer was holding his gun with one hand and a flashlight with the other. Witnesses say Liang's gun went off as he opened the door to the stairwell, striking Gurley in the chest. Critics say he never should have drawn his weapon.
For weeks, angry protesters flooded the neighborhood where Gurley was killed. Liang now faces charges of criminally negligent homicide, manslaughter, assault and official misconduct. Gurley's family is suing the city of New York and the housing authority for negligence.