Family Of Akai Gurley Plan To Sue New York City For $50 Million

THE FAMILY OF THE UNARMED MAN THAT WAS KILLED BY NYPD IS FILING CLAIMS AGAINST THE CITY, NYPD AND NYC HOUSING AUTHORITY

The family of Akai Gurley, an unarmed man who was killed by a NYPD officer, is planning to file a $50 million lawsuit against New York City.

The mother of his two-year-old duaghter, Kimberly Ballinger, filed a claim against the NYPD, the city, Landau and Liang and filed a notice of claim against the New York City Housing Authority.

"The shooting death of Akai by the police was reckless and should not have happened,"Ballinger said at a news conference. "Akai was a great father and a good person who didn't deserve to die like he did."

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While patrolling the Louis H. Pink Houses in Brooklyn, officers Peter Liang and Shaun Landau were walking down a "dimly lit" staircase when Gurley and his girlfriend, Melissa Butler, entered. Liang accidentally shot Gurley without warning.

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Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson is currently investigating the shooting and will present his findings to the grand jury.

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