About 100 mourners were at the Brown Baptist Memorial Church in Brooklyn today to attend the funeral of Akai Gurley, the unarmed African American man shot by an NYPD officer.
On November 20, Akai Gurley, was shot by a new police officer, Peter Liang, 27, in a dark stairwell at the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York, Brooklyn. The officials have called the shooting an accident.
Kevin Powell, president of the activist group BK nation and the family’s spokesperson, vowed to get justice for Gurley’s family.
“We want a full investigation,”Powell said. “We believe homicide charges should be brought. We don’t believe this was an accident, we believe this was a reckless disregard for the lives of black and brown people in this country in spite of a black president in the White House.”
He also thanked Mayor De Blasio and the City of New York for covering the cost of Gurley’s funeral and repeated that Gurley was, “innocent, innocent, innocent.”
In his obituary, Gurley was remember as a “Mama’s Boy”, who developed his math skills to suit financial and artistic goals. He was also described as a thoughtful father and an avid dancer.
Gurley was survived by both of his parents, girlfriend, Kimberly Ballinger, and his two years old daughter.
Last Friday, Brooklyn District Attorney, Kenneth Thompson announced that a grand jury will be assembled for the Gurley’s case.