NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Family members of the unarmed man fatally shot by an NYPD officer in Brooklyn this week joined Rev. Al Sharpton at a rally Saturday to urge prosecutors to do a thorough investigation.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said it appears Officer Peter Liang shot 28-year-old Akai Gurley by accident as he and his girlfriend entered a pitch black stairwell.
Sharpton, however, said there needs to be an investigation before calling the shooting an accident.
“They are saying it was an accident, we’re saying how do we know until there is a thorough investigation?” he said to the crowd. “What we do know is this baby will grow up without a daddy who did nothing wrong.”
Sharpton stood with Gurley’s 2-year-old daughter and her mother to call on the Brooklyn district attorney to investigate, 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported.
“Now I’ve lost my brother I’ll never be able to see him again or kiss him or hug him again,” Akisha Pringle said, Gurley’s sister.
Supporters also gathered Saturday night in Brooklyn in response to Gurley’s death, saying they want action.
As CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported, dozens marched two miles from the Louis H. Pink Houses to face the NYPD.
“We are having a series of senseless murders, not only in New York, but around the country and it just seems like black lives don’t matter,” one attendee told 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten.
“This is not supposed to be happening again, again and again,” another supporter said.