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Hundreds of Protesters March in Brooklyn Demanding Justice for Akai Gurley

By Jan Ransom , Rich Schapiro
More than 200 demonstrators led by Akai Gurley’s domestic partner marched to NYPD stationhouses in Brooklyn Saturday, demanding justice for the 28-year-old shot dead by a rookie cop.

The protesters massed outside the Police Service Area No. 2 building in East New York, where Gurley’s partner, Kimberly Ballinger, held up a sign bearing his name.

“Is that Daddy?” asked her 2-year-old daughter, Akaila, pointing toward the sign.
They’re all Daddy,” Ballinger replied.

Gurley’s aunt told the crowd Officer Peter Liang, the cop who fatally shot Gurley, belongs behind bars.

“Peter Liang is guilty of criminal negligence,” Hertencia Peterson said. “Why isn’t he in jail?”

Gurley was unarmed when he was killed Nov. 20 inside the Pink Houses in an incident that Police Commissioner Bill Bratton labeled “an unfortunate accident.”

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