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: Times Square Shooting: Hero Officer Alyssa Vogel Speaks About Rescuing 4-Year-Old Gunshot Victim
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: FDA Grants Pfizer Emergency Use For COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Ages 12 To 15
“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: Homeless Services Head Steven Banks Defends NYC's Process Of Getting Vulnerable People Off The Streets
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.