Police Fatal Shooting Trial Tomorrow Testing NYC “Vertical Patrol” Tactic


The trial of New York City police officer Peter Liang, whose fatal shooting of Akai Gurley in a Brooklyn stairwell added to popular outrage about police killings of black men, is set to begin tomorrow. Liang, a police rookie who accidentally shot Gurley while patrolling a public housing stairwell in 2014, faces charges of manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and official misconduct, says the Christian Science Monitor. Liang’s verdict may hinge on whether he should have unholstered his Glock 9-mm gun while conducting a “vertical patrol” in dark stairways. In controversial “vertical patrols,” commonly done in New York City, officers descend from the roof of a building, walking through stairwells back to the basement.

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