A grand jury has indicted a New York city police officer who says he accidentally fired his gun, killing an unarmed man in the darkened stairwell of a housing project in November, several sources reported Tuesday.
Peter Liang was indicted in connection with the death of Akai Gurley, 28. The charge or charges against him were not immediately clear; grand jury proceedings are secret.
The head of the New York City police officers union said Liang deserved the same due process afforded to anyone involved in an accidental death.
Police said Liang and his partner, who both were new on the force, were patrolling a public housing development when Liang apparently accidentally discharged his weapon.
Gurley had been standing with a woman on a different floor, and after waiting for an elevator that didn't come, he started walking down the stairs. Gurley was struck and killed, police said.
The death of Gurley, who was black, followed other incidents of police involvement in the deaths of unarmed black men in New York and Missouri that sparked waves of nationwide protests.