There was no excuse offered. Akai Gurley did nothing, absolutely nothing, to cause probationary Police Officer Peter Liang to shoot him in the chest and kill him. Whether Gurley did anything wrong in his life before that, even the cops didn’t have the gall to try to taint him with priors so we wouldn’t feel too badly about his killing. It wouldn’t matter anyway, but that rarely stops people from being stupid enough to connect unrelated dots.
No, Akai Gurley was shot dead for no reason whatsoever. His two-year-old
daughter son will have no father. The job he was about to start with the city will be filled by someone else. He can’t do it. He’s dead. For no reason.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton called it an accident.
The shooting, at 11:15 p.m. on Thursday . . . But 12 hours later, just after noon on Friday, the New York police commissioner, William J. Bratton, announced that the shooting was accidental and that the victim, Akai Gurley, had done nothing to provoke a confrontation with the officers.