*No wonder it was hard to reach officer Peter Liang only minutes after his single bullet struck 28-year-old Akai Gurley. According to The Daily News, instead of calling for help for the man who lay dying in the stairwell, the rookie cop got on the phone to text his union rep.
Is that protocol?
Then, to add insult to injury, sources say Liang and his partner weren’t even supposed to be patrolling the stairways of the Pink Houses that night.
So let us get this straight. Not only did the officer manage to kill an innocent man; but he was away from his assigned area when he did it. And then took time out to text his union rep as the victim lay there dying. To talk about …what?
I smell rotting fish …you?
As Akai Gurley, whose death is now being referred to as a “tragic accident” walked in the stairwell with his girlfriend, Liang, an NYPD rookie officer was doing a ‘vertical’ patrol of the building. That is when he shot and killed him. The wounded man lay dying in the musty stairwell, but neither the cop (nor his partner) bothered to call for help. Instead he sent a text to his union representative, according to what sources told the Daily News in an exclusive interview.
For six and a half minutes after the cop discharged the bullet that struck Gurley, 28, he and his partner Shaun Landau were not reachable, sources said Thursday.
The cops’ commanding officer and an emergency operator responding to a 911 call placed by a neighbor knew the pair was in the area, but their attempts to reach them on the phone were in vain, sources said.
Inspector Miguel Iglesias, then the head officer of the local housing command, ordered the officers not to carry out…patrols,known as verticals.
Instead, he wanted his officers to patrol the exterior of the projects in response to a spate of violence at the East New York housing project.
“They’ve done verticals before,” a police source said of the two officers.
“But Iglesias’ philosophy was, ‘I want a presence on the street, in the courtyards — and if they go into the buildings they were just supposed to check out the lobby.”
Another source said the commander was furious after the shooting, raging, “I told them not to do verticals.”
This is the latest in what appears to be a building trend of killings of unarmed black men by white police officers and self-proclaimed “protectors” that didn’t appear to let up since the death of Trayvon Martin back in February of 2012.
To be clear, Liang is Asian.
Now the explosive details of exactly what happened in the immediate aftermath of the Gurley shooting is at the center of an investigation by Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, who will present his findings to a grand jury as early as the end of this month.
This case will garner extra scrutiny from the African American community and its supporters after grand juries decided against indictments for NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner and now resigned officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown.