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Family of man shot by police in stairwell intends to sue NYC

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The family of an unarmed man shot by a police officer in a New York City housing project stairway has notified the city that it intends to file lawsuits seeking $50 million.

The attorney for the mother of Akai Gurley's toddler daughter filed legal paperwork Thursday.

Gurley was shot to death Nov. 20.

Police have said Officer Peter Liang apparently fired accidentally when Gurley and his girlfriend opened a door into the stairwell in Brooklyn.

Police Commissioner William Bratton has said Gurley was "totally innocent."

A notice of claim is the first step in suing the city. Sometimes claims are settled before the actual lawsuits are filed.

The city's Law Department called it a "tragic incident" and said the matter would be reviewed.

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