Akai Gurley’s family leads march in protest of the Brooklyn man’s NYPD shooting death

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BROOKLYN (PIX11/AP) -- About 200 people protested the November shooting of an unarmed Brooklyn man by a police officer in a darkened public housing building's stairwell.

The New York Times reports demonstrators chanted "Hands up! Don't Shoot!" as they marched Saturday in memory of Akai Gurley from the development to a police precinct.

Police say Akai Gurley, 28, was shot in the chest and killed when a police officer’s gun “accidentally discharged” inside a housing development’s dimly lit staircase on Nov. 21 in Brooklyn.

On Saturday, the same day as slain NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos was laid to rest, protesters gathered for the march starting at the Pink Houses located at 2724 Linden Blvd. in East New York -- which is where the shooting took place.

Brooklyn prosecutors say they're presenting the case to a grand jury.

Two officers who were part of a “violence reduction overtime detail” were patrolling the building at the time. Police said that’s when Gurley and his girlfriend opened a door into the stairway a floor below the officers.

According to officials, the officer was holding a flashlight in his right hand and a Glock 9-mm. in the other when he opened the door to the eighth-floor landing.

One bullet flew out and apparently ricocheted into the chest of Gurley, who was on the seventh-floor landing of the dark stairwell.

he protesters carried on despite pleas from Mayor Bill de Blasio that such demonstrations halt until after funerals are held for two officers ambushed one week ago.