- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - A juror says it was a “very tough decision” to convict a New York City police officer of manslaughter for the death of a man who was fatally shot in a dark public housing stairwell.

Juror Mike Vargas told the New York Daily News (https://nydn.us/1o4n9Bt ) Thursday’s verdict was difficult for him because he comes from a family of police officers.

Vargas sat on the 12-member panel that convicted Officer Peter Liang of manslaughter and official misconduct for the 2014 death of 28-year-old Akai (ah-KEYE’) Gurley.

Liang has said he accidentally fired the gun after being startled by a noise. Prosecutors said Liang shouldn’t have had his gun drawn and that his actions were reckless.

Liang’s lawyer said Gurley’s death was tragic, but not a crime. He has vowed to appeal.

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Information from: Daily News, https://www.nydailynews.com

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