Homicide

Sharpton to give eulogy at funeral for unarmed man shot by police officer in dark stairwell

The Rev. Al Sharpton plans to deliver the eulogy at the Brooklyn funeral for an unarmed man who was shot and killed by a police officer in a darkened public housing stairwell.

The funeral Friday for Akai (uh-KY') Gurley comes at the end of a tumultuous week for the city following a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man.

Gurley was killed last month. Police say he and his girlfriend had opened a door into a stairway, and a rookie officer patrolling the pitch-dark area with his gun drawn fired.

The medical examiner has ruled the death a homicide and Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson has called the shooting "deeply troubling," saying the shooting warrants a fair investigation.