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):
A former police officer convicted of accidentally shooting an unarmed man in the stairwell of a New York City apartment building has apologized to the man's domestic partner.
Peter Liang met with Kimberly Ballinger Thursday morning at an office near the Brooklyn District Attorney. Ballinger's attorney, Scott Rynecki, says Liang expressed remorse over the death of 28-year-old Akai Gurley. She in turn told Liang that because of his actions, her 3-year-old daughter will grow up without a father.
Rynecki says the meeting was arranged by Liang's attorneys. He was convicted of manslaughter by a jury. Prosecutors said they won't seek jail time.
Ballinger's lawyer said the meeting was short and somber.
Liang was fired after the verdict. His partner who was at the scene but not charged was also fired.
A prosecutor says he'll ask a judge not to give jail time to a New York City police officer convicted of accidentally firing a stray shot into a public housing stairwell that killed an unarmed man, a recommendation that the victim's family says "diminishes" his death.
Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson said Wednesday that Officer Peter Liang acted recklessly, but he didn't intend to kill 28-year-old Akai Gurley.
He says justice will be served if Liang is sentenced to probation and six months of house arrest. Liang was fired from the police force last month.
Gurley's family says Thompson's recommendation "diminishes Akai's death." They say they'll implore state Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun to sentence Liang to time in prison at a court proceeding next month.