A new update in the wrongful death case of Akai Gurley was made public Tuesday morning (Aug. 16). According to the New York Times, Gurley’s family was awarded more than $4 million following the unlawful death of the 28-year-old by the hands of NYPD officer Peter Liang, who shot Gurley while on patrol. The money will mainly benefit Gurley’s 4-year-old daughter, Akaila, starting with an established college fund.
Liang was originally charged with involuntary manslaughter, but the court later ruled the charge as a “criminally negligent” homicide and sentenced Liang to five years of probation. During his sentencing, he pleaded that “the shot was accidental.”
Gurley was gunned down in a stairwell in East New York’s Louis H. Pink Houses in November 20, 2014. His death sparked marches across the city, calling for a reform in terms of police tactics within black communities.