The New York Post sinks to a new low by publishing the mugshot of Akai Gurley, the 28-year-old unarmed man gunned down in the stairwell of the Pink Houses in Brooklyn by rookie cop Peter Liang. This is meant to drag the name of the victim through the mud and somehow blame him for the officer’s actions.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the shooting was “accidental” and that Akai Gurley was a “total innocent.” Despite that fact, “innocent,” the New York Post chose to publish his mugshot.
Peter Liang, who joined the NYPD in January 2013, has been placed on modified duty after turning in his gun and badge, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio told the NY Times, “We don’t know enough yet, but it does appear to be an accident.” “This is a tragedy.” Meanwhile, the New York Post is content to dig up dirt on Akai Gurley as if to somehow suggest his murder by Officer Liang was justified.
District Attorney Ken Thompson issued a press release on the Akai Gurley shooting: “As we continue to gather the facts, the fatal shooting of this unarmed man is deeply troubling and warrants an immediate, fair and thorough investigation.”
Here’s a screengrab from the New York Post article on Akai Gurley’s shooting: