HARLEM (PIX11) — The chokehold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island. The police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. And now, unarmed Akai Gurley, shot dead by a rookie cop in a Brooklyn stairwell.
During a rally Saturday morning at the National Action Network House of Justice on 145th Street in Harlem, the Rev. Al Sharpton said the latest incident should prompt a look at police conduct and training.
"It is time for us to stop ducking the issue," Sharpton said.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the 28-year-old Gurley was shot in the chest and killed when a police officer’s gun “accidentally discharged” inside a housing development’s dimly lit staircase.
"People said to me, 'Reverend Al, the police was in the dark,' " Sharpton told the crowd. "So is everybody living in the Pink Houses."