New York City Council Member Andy King, co-chair of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, released the following statement regarding the death of Akai Gurley, 28, who was shot in a Brooklyn public housing stairwell by a NYPD probationary officer with less than 18 months on the job.
“I am saddened by the loss of another life in our city. My heart and prayers go out to the family of Akai Gurley. As the shooting is under investigation, it is my hope that the NYPD will not only look into the cause of this tragic death but I urge the Department to review its training methods so that young officers are comfortable on the beat,” said Council Member Andy King (12th CD, Bronx). “This is not a scenario where we want to blame the NYPD officers without having solutions.”