Asian-American Coalition Issues Powerful Statement About Peter Liang’s Sentence of Community Service


The ex-NYPD officer will not serve any jail time for killing Akai Gurley. Judge says Liang’s fatal shooting of the unarmed Black man was an accident.

New York City police officer Peter Liang sits in court as testimony is read back for jurors during deliberations in his trial in Brooklyn Supreme Court February 10, 2016, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Liang is on trial for the shooting death of Akai Gurley in the stairwell of a housing project in November 2014.
Photo: Byron Smith-Pool/Getty Images

Just days after being denied a new trial, former New York Police Department Officer Peter Liang learned that he will not serve any days in jail for killing Akai Gurley, an unarmed Black man.

Yesterday (April 19), Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun sentenced Liang, who is Chinese-American, to five years of probation and 800 hours of community service. The sentence was similar to the one recommended by the district attorney. A jury convicted Liang of second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault, second-degree reckless endangerment, criminally negligent homicide and official misconduct for shooting and failing to assist Gurley. But the New York Post reports that at the sentencing hearing, Chun dropped the manslaughter charge, which reduced the maximum possible sentence from 15 years to just 4. …


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