NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A vigil was held at City Hall Sunday for the unarmed man fatally shot by police earlier last year.
The group Organizing Asian Communities and other Asian-American organizations gathered to support the family of Akai Gurley.READ MORE: 'Best Small Cities In America': New Jersey Communities Make Top 25
Last November, Gurley was walking in a dark stairwell in the Pink Houses in East New York when he was shot by rookie NYPD Officer Peter Liang.READ MORE: Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Children At Bronx Day Care Since 2018 Arrested
“No matter how many months it has been, it still an open wound that seems like it will never heal, until we get justice,” said Gurley’s aunt Hertencia Petersen said.
Liang, who has pleaded not guilty to charges that include manslaughter and official misconduct, claims his gun went off accidentally.MORE NEWS: Overnight Gun Violence: 3 Men Shot In Queens, Innocent Woman Shot In Brooklyn, NYPD Says
The demonstrators also voiced opposition to the police practice known as vertical patrols, where officers work their way from a building’s roof to the lobby in search of law breakers.