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Two New York City Police Officers Indicted in One Week: One for a Head Stomping — The Other One for a Killing

New Black Brooklyn District Attorney May Have Had A Big Impact In How Both Cases Were Handled

New York City Officer Is Said to Be Indicted in Shooting Death of Akai Gurley

Akai Gurley.

By Marc Santora, AL Baker and J. David Goodman
The police officer who fired the shot that killed an unarmed man in a Brooklyn housing project in November has been indicted, according to three people familiar with the grand jury proceedings.
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Peter Liang, 27, who had been on the force for less than 18 months, was patrolling a darkened stairwell at the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York when he shot and killed Akai Gurley, 28. Less than 12 hours after the shooting, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton acknowledged that the shooting had been a grave error.

A law enforcement official said the indictment against Officer Liang includes six counts: one count of second-degree manslaughter, a class C felony; one count of criminally negligent homicide, a class E felony; one count of reckless endangerment; one count of second-degree assault; and two counts of official misconduct.

A formal announcement by the district attorney’s office was expected on Wednesday afternoon.

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Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson: Has
been Brooklyn D.A. for only one year, and already he's

making big changes..
Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson Gains National Acclaim His First Year

By Reuven Blau
n his first year in office, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson gained national acclaim. He cleared a historic number of homicide convictions and ignored minor pot cases, but disappointed advocates for Jewish child-sex abuse victims.

“Ken Thompson has exonerated more innocent people (than any other prosecutor) in New York history,” said famed civil rights attorney Ron Kuby. “And that’s solidly to his credit. But there is much more to do.”

Kuby and other observers offered plaudits when asked to assess the top prosecutor’s overall performance in his rookie year, though there were several areas of concern.

Thompson, during a lengthy interview, repeatedly touted the 11 convictions he cleared — all men who spent years locked up for murders they did not commit.

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Brooklyn man thanks DA for bringing criminal charges against NYPD cop who allegedly stomped his head

By Oren Yaniv
A Brooklyn man seen on video getting stomped by a city cop thanked prosecutors Tuesday for bringing criminal charges against the offending officer.

Jahmiel Cuffee (Screen capture from ABC video)

Joel Edouard, 37, was slapped with misdemeanor assault for allegedly kicking a subdued Jahmiel Cuffee during a marijuana-related arrest in July.

“I’m very grateful to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office for taking the initiative to hold this individual accountable,” Cuffee, 32, a carpenter who lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, told the Daily News.

He is seen on a cellphone video tussling with cops when Edouard momentarily pulls out a gun and later stomps his head as angry onlookers yell and gasp.

The officer’s lawyer Stephen Worth claimed his client was acting in the context of “an extended period of resisting arrest by the individual, Mr. Cuffee” and has committed no crime.

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