Family of Akai Gurley to Receive $4 Million Settlement from New York City

Akai Gurley Photo: Facebook
Akai Gurley Photo: Facebook

The city has agreed to pay the family of Akai Gurley more than $4 million to settle a wrongful- death lawsuit over his fatal 2012 shooting by a cop in the dark stairwell of a Brooklyn building.

The city will pay $4.1 million, while the New York City Housing Authority will pay $400,000, according to sources.

Former cop Peter Liang, who was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide, will pay $25,000.

“Obviously, we’re pleased with the results,” said Scott Rynecki, a lawyer for the Gurley family.

“At this point, we’re hoping that the new incoming police commissioner, James O’Neill, will take this opportunity to review the policy and training that takes place at the academy, as well as the procedure of allowing two rookies to go on patrol together.”

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Dawn Jimenez-Salta signed off on the agreement Monday afternoon.

Rynecki said Kimberly Ballinger, the mom of Gurley’s 3-year-old daughter, Akaila, was pleased to put the case behind her.

“She only hopes that she can now move on and raise their daughter to become a woman and a person Akai would be proud of,” he said.

City Hall spokeswoman Monica Klein said, “Our administration is taking significant steps to strengthen the relationship between our officers and the communities they serve.”

Liang and partner Shaun Landau — both probationary officers since fired from the force — were on routine patrol in at the Louis Pink Houses project in East New York on the night of Nov. 20, 2014.

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Source: New York Post |  Yoav Gonen and Emily Saul