US jury to rule on fatal New York shooting of Akai Gurley

Even as protests rock New York, a grand US jury will decide on Saturday whether or not to prosecute a New York police officer for the shooting of 28-year-old Akai Gurley.

New York: Even as protests have hit New York over the death of an unarmed black man, a grand US jury will decide on Saturday whether or not to prosecute a rookie police officer for the shooting of 28-year-old Akai Gurley.

Gurley was fatally shot by rookie New York police officer Peter Liang as he was entering his building, as per BBC news report.

While police has claimed that the officer might have accidentally discharged his gun, the medical examiner has ruled it as a homicide.

Wave of protests have erupted across the nation in what is termed as “racially-based” violence after series of shootings involving death of black man by white police officers.

A New York grand jury had declined to charge white police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of 43-year-old Eric Garner.

Another incident of police shooting an unarmed black man in Arizona was also reported.

In Ferguson, an 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by a white police officer. Witnesses have given contradictory statement about the incident with some claiming that the teenage had his hands up in the air before he was shot dead. 

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