NYC cop charged for stairwell shooting of unarmed man

New York City Police (NYPD) officer Peter Liang arrives at criminal court for an arraignment hearing in the Brooklyn borough of New York City February 11, 2015.   REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

(Reuters) – A New York City rookie police officer was charged during a Wednesday court appearance with manslaughter in the second degree and five other offenses for the fatal shooting of an unarmed man while the officer patrolled the darkened stairwell of a housing project last November.

Officer Peter Liang was patrolling with his partner in the Brooklyn apartment complex about 11:15 p.m. on Nov. 20 when his gun fired a single bullet, killing Akai Gurley, 28, who was in the stairwell a flight below with his girlfriend.

(Reporting by Sebastien Malo; Editing by Christian Plumb)

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