Cop Who Shot Innocent Unarmed Black Man Texted His Union Rep Rather Than Offer Help
The rookie NYPD officer who shot an innocent unarmed black man after being startled in a dark stairway reportedly contacted his police union representative before offering to help or radioing for assistance.
On November 20, rookie officers Peter Liang and Shaun Landau were doing a routine patrol of a Brooklyn housing project.
When Liang went to open a door on the seventh floor of the stairwell, Akai Gurley opened it first, startling the inexperienced officer.
The NY Daily News reports Liang may have been holding his gun in the hand he used to reach for the door. The officer accidentally fired his gun. The bullet reportedly ricocheted off the wall and into Gurley’s chest.
Gurley tried to run away, not even realizing he had been hit. He only made it to the fifth floor before he collapsed, bleeding.
Rather than get help, Liang and Landau texted their union reps first.
The officers’ commanding officer and a 911 operator who received a shots fired call tried to contact the two for six minutes but were unable to reach them.