The family of New Yorker Akai Gurley has a warning for MSNBC host Al Sharpton: stay away.
The 28-year-old African-American was shot on Nov. 20 by New York City Police Officer Peter Liang in the stairwell of a public housing complex in Brooklyn. Liang has testified that the shooting was an accidental discharge that caught the young man in the chest.
Gurley’s mother, Sylvia Palmer, called on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to launch a full investigation into the incident that took her son.
“My son’s heart was taken away so innocently. He did nothing wrong,” Palmer said. “Nothing in this world will heal my pain and heartache.”
But Palmer also had a warning for at least one person looking to become involved in the family’s time of grief.
MSNBC’s Al Sharpton had planned to show up to Mr. Gurley’s funeral, but Palmer and the victim’s other family members had warned Sharpton to keep his “circus” away from them.
Written by WARNER TODD HUSTON
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