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Video: Rookie NYPD Officer Indicted on Manslaughter Charges

February 10, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Rookie NYPD Officer Indicted on Manslaughter Charges

The rookie NYPD officer who shot and killed an unarmed Brooklyn man in an unlit housing project staircase has been indicted for manslaughter, reports the Daily News.

The officer will face criminal charges that can send him to prison for up to 15 years for the death of Akai Gurley on Nov. 20, 2014, a source said. He discharged one bullet when patrolling the stairways of the Pink Houses in East New York, striking Gurley in the chest as the man stood in the landing a floor below.

A source said the officer was indicted for a top count second-degree manslaughter, which means he acted recklessly, among other charges.

"It's a tragic, tragic, tragic case," said Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association. "I'm sad that he was indicted. I don't know exactly what transpired in that hallway, but I believe it's a truly accidental incident."

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CeeJay @ 2/10/2015 4:58 PM

It seems as though this is a purely political stunt for what strongly appears to be an accidental discharge. Condolensces to the family of the deceased, prayers for the officer! The truth shall set u free brother!

S.S. @ 2/11/2015 8:19 AM

He probably had his finger on the triggere while trying to safely clear the hallway, and accidentally squeezed the trigger when he confronted the subject. Im sure it was totally accidental. Keep your head up Officer.

Jerri @ 2/15/2015 7:10 PM

Very sad! I agree, political stunt! God bless the rookie and his family!

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