NYC To Pay Akai Gurley’s Family More Than $4 Million
In 2014, Akai Gurley was tragically shot and killed in the stairwell of his own apartment building by NYPD police officer Peter Liang. Although Liang was only given community service for the incident, both he and the NYC Housing Authority are paying up for Gurley’s wrongful death.
Gurley’s family will be paid more than $4 million from the city, with $400,000 additional funds coming from the New York City Housing Authority. Liang will pay $25,000 to Kimberly Ballinger, the mother of Gurley’s young daughter Akaila, according to the New York Daily News.
“I’m glad it’s all done. I’m pleased with the outcome,” Ballinger said.
The settlement came after a two month negotiation process. The money will be placed into a fund for Akaila that cannot be accessed until she is 18, except by court order. The fund currently set up to be invested and predicted to reach a value of $10 million in her lifetime.