NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton says the police killing of an unarmed man in a darkened public housing stairwell spotlights questions about how the New York Police Department patrols public housing and assigns rookie officers.
Police have described a rookie officer's shooting of Akai Gurley in a Brooklyn staircase Thursday as an apparent accident. Sharpton called Saturday for prosecutors to investigate thoroughly and for police to improve training and procedures.
City police often patrol inside public housing by going from roofs down staircases that sometimes are hotspots for crime. Police Commissioner William Bratton has said the patrols are needed.
The complex where Gurley was shot had recently seen a shooting, robberies and assaults.
The NYPD has been working to give rookie officers more training and time with more senior officers.