‘The manslaughter trial of a New York City police officer who fired the bullet that killed an unarmed black man in the darkened stairwell of a housing project is due to begin on Thursday.
Officer Peter Liang is also charged with reckless endangerment, official misconduct and other counts for his actions inside a Brooklyn public housing complex on the night of Nov. 20, 2014.
The death of the victim, 28-year-old Akai Gurley, added to the outrage that fueled national protests over police use of force against minorities in cities including Ferguson, Missouri; Baltimore and Cleveland.
Liang’s lawyers have said the shooting was accidental.’
Liang has opted for a jury trial with two former NYPD officers as his attorneys. His partner the night of the killing, Shaun Landau, is expected to testify on behalf of the prosecution. He is protected by an immunity arrangement.