NEW YORK (dpa) – A police officer who apparently shot dead an unarmed black American man by accident in New York City in November has been indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday.
Peter Liang, 27, was patrolling in Brooklyn area of the city on November 20 when he opened fire on Akai Gurley, 28, inside a dimly-lit-hallway of a building, killing him with one round in his chest.
Liang was indicted on six counts, including second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and reckless endangerment, the New York Times reported.
The shooting of Gurley came amid heightened tension between police forces and minority groups, particularly black Americans in the US.
Thousands of people took to streets across the US last year when two grand juries in New York City and Saint Louis decided not to indict two white police officers, who shot and killed two unarmed black American men in the suburbs of those cities.
The two rulings sparked heated debate over issues of race and privilege in a country that had witnessed around a century of racial segregation.