NEW YORK – The Latest on the case of a New York City police officer charged with fatally shooting a man in a darkened stairwell of a Brooklyn public housing complex (all times local):
The attorney for the family of a man shot and killed by a New York City police officer in a darkened stairwell says they will "continue to have faith" in the criminal justice system.
Attorney Scott Rynecki's statement came after prosecutors said Wednesday that they do not believe the rookie officer, who has since been dismissed, needs to serve time in prison for Akai (ah-KEYE') Gurley's death.
The 28-year-old Peter Liang (lee-ANG') who accidentally fired the fatal shot was convicted in February of manslaughter.
Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson says he recommended Liang serve five years' probation, as well as home confinement and community service.
Liang was the first New York City officer convicted in an on-duty shooting since 2005.
Prosecutors say they won't seek jail time for a New York City police officer convicted of manslaughter for accidentally shooting an innocent man in a Brooklyn stairwell.
Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson said Wednesday that he believes a prison sentence isn't necessary for Peter Liang, the rookie officer who has since been dismissed. The 28-year-old Liang was convicted in February in the death of Akai Gurley.
Gurley was killed in 2014 after Liang accidentally fired a shot into a stairwell while on routine patrol. Prosecutors argued Liang's actions were reckless and he shouldn't have had his gun out. Liang's lawyer said Gurley's death was tragic, but not a crime.
Thompson says justice will be served if Liang serves five years' probation. He also will recommend home confinement and community service.