the DA didn’t press charges in the fatal shooting of Gilbert Drogheo by retired correction officer William Groomes during a struggle over a gun.
Prosecutors alleged in motions released Tuesday in the manslaughter trial of New York Police Officer Peter Liang that Liang and his partner Shaun Landau did nothing to save Akai Gurley after he was accidentally shot, reports the
“Neither defendant nor Officer Landau provided any medical care to Mr Gurley. Nor did they summon an ambulance,” prosecutors wrote in the court filing. By then, Gurley’s girlfriend was on the phone with 911 receiving instructions on CPR.
For its part, the defense claimed in a separate filing that the prosecution has an “undeniable bias” against the NYPD, according to a story in DNA.. The defense is questioning why
In the Liang case, the officer was patrolling a dark stairwell and had a flashlight in one hand and his gun in the other when the gun accidentally discharged.
Prosecutors say Liang and Landau argued for 20 minutes over who should report the shooting and didn’t make the call for 20 minutes. They accuse Liang of not following his training and improperly having his gun on the trigger.
The defense countered that “whether or not Groomes intentionally shot and killed Drogheo, Groomes must have had his finger on the trigger during the dispute before the gun went off.”
On Tuesday, Judge Danny Chun denied a defense motion to drop the charges against Liang. He is due back in court in September.
You can read details of the defense’s case in DNA.. The prosecution’s motion is outlined in the Guardian.