NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Friends and family gathered Saturday for the funeral for Akai Gurley, the young father fatally shot by police in a stairwell in East New York last month.
As 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported, activist Kevin Powell, of BK Nation, delivered a fiery eulogy, saying the rookie cop who fired the fatal shot should never have been patrolling with his gun drawn and finger on the trigger.
“Today we’re here because of how Akai was killed, and it’s called racial profiling,” Powell said. “This is an embarrassment to the United States of America that one young person after another of color is being killed, you know, there’s no justice out there. This is an embarrassment.”
Gurley’s 2-year-old daughter sat on her mother’s lap in front of the casket at Brown Memorial Baptist Church, WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported.