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NYPD officer due in court in stairwell shooting after grand jury votes to indict

  • FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2014, file photo, demonstrators pause outside the 75th Police Precinct during a march in protest of the shooting death of Akai Gurley by rookie NYPD officer Peter Liang at the Louis Pink Houses public housing complex, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The officer who fired into a darkened stairwell, accidentally killing Gurley who had been waiting for an elevator, has been indicted in his death, a lawyer said Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. Officer Peter Liang will appear in court Wednesday according to an attorney representing Gurley's family, but the charges against Liang weren't immediately clear. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2014, file photo, demonstrators pause outside the 75th Police Precinct during a march in protest of the shooting death of Akai Gurley by rookie NYPD officer Peter Liang at the Louis Pink Houses public housing complex, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The officer who fired into a darkened stairwell, accidentally killing Gurley who had been waiting for an elevator, has been indicted in his death, a lawyer said Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. Officer Peter Liang will appear in court Wednesday according to an attorney representing Gurley's family, but the charges against Liang weren't immediately clear. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2015, file photo, Attorney Scott Rynecki, left, and Kimberly Ballinger, the domestic partner of Akai Gurley and mother of his daughter, hold a news conference in New York. Officer Peter Liang will appear in court Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in the November shooting death of Gurley, according to Scott Rynecki, an attorney representing Gurley's family. Liang, who fired into a darkened stairwell at a Brooklyn public housing complex, accidentally killing Gurley who had been waiting for an elevator, has been indicted in his death, a lawyer said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2015, file photo, Attorney Scott Rynecki, left, and Kimberly Ballinger, the domestic partner of Akai Gurley and mother of his daughter, hold a news conference in New York. Officer Peter Liang will appear in court Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in the November shooting death of Gurley, according to Scott Rynecki, an attorney representing Gurley's family. Liang, who fired into a darkened stairwell at a Brooklyn public housing complex, accidentally killing Gurley who had been waiting for an elevator, has been indicted in his death, a lawyer said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2014, file photo, a man who identified himself as a detective with the district attorney's office inspects a stairwell at the Louis Pink Houses public housing complex in Brooklyn borough of New York. Officer Peter Liang who fired into the darkened stairwell, accidentally killing Akai Gurley who had been waiting for an elevator, has been indicted in his death, a lawyer said Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. Liang will appear in court Wednesday according to an attorney representing Gurley's family, but the charges against Liang weren't immediately clear. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2014, file photo, a man who identified himself as a detective with the district attorney's office inspects a stairwell at the Louis Pink Houses public housing complex in Brooklyn borough of New York. Officer Peter Liang who fired into the darkened stairwell, accidentally killing Akai Gurley who had been waiting for an elevator, has been indicted in his death, a lawyer said Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. Liang will appear in court Wednesday according to an attorney representing Gurley's family, but the charges against Liang weren't immediately clear. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)  (The Associated Press)

Criminal charges will be unsealed against a rookie police officer who fired into a darkened stairwell at a Brooklyn housing complex, accidentally killing a man who had been waiting for an elevator.

A lawyer says Officer Peter Liang was indicted by a grand jury in the November shooting death of 28-year-old Akai Gurley. It wasn't clear what charges the grand jury considered. He could face a misdemeanor official misconduct, or manslaughter, a felony. A lawyer for Gurley's family says the officer is expected in court Wednesday afternoon.

The case was closely watched following the mass protests and calls for reform of the grand jury system nationwide after a Staten Island grand jury's refusal to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.