No Prison for Peter Liang in Akai Gurley KIlling

19 Apr

Not sure if I am 100% certain this is just in light of the mass police shootings of unarmed black men this year. But on the flip side, the evidence is that the shooting was accidental…

No prison for ex-NYPD officer in fatal stairwell shooting

Aformer police officer convicted in the shooting death of an unarmed man in a darkened stairwell was spared prison time Tuesday, and a judge reduced his manslaughter conviction to a lesser charge.

Peter Liang was sentenced to five years’ probation and 800 hours of community service in the 2014 shooting of Akai Gurley, who was walking down a stairway in a public housing complex when the rookie officer fired a bullet into the dark – by accident after being startled, he said. The bullet ricocheted and killed Gurley, 28.

“Given the defendant’s background and how remorseful he is, it would not be necessary to incarcerate the defendant to have a just sentence in this case,” Brooklyn state Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun said in sentencing Liang, also 28.

A jury had convicted him in February of a manslaughter charge carrying up to 15 years in prison. But Chun on Tuesday reduced the offense to criminally negligent homicide, which carries up to four years in prison.

Brooklyn prosecutors recommended Liang serve no time, based on his record and the circumstances of the trial. They suggested five years of probation, six months of home confinement and 500 hours of community service.

Some members of Gurley’s family said they felt betrayed by Thompson’s recommendation and had hoped Chun would sentence Liang to prison anyway.

The shooting happened in a year of debate nationwide about police killings of black men. Activists have looked to Liang’s trial as a counterweight to cases in which grand juries have declined to indict officers, including the cases of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York. Like Gurley, Brown and Garner were black and unarmed.


Posted by on April 19, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter


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3 responses to “No Prison for Peter Liang in Akai Gurley KIlling

  1. roderick2012

    April 19, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    I thought this was a done deal.

    When the D.A. pens a letter to the sentencing judge requesting no jail time then I assume that he will get his wish.

    I’m sure the D.A. got lots of phone calls from the police telling him that they would refuse to testify in cases if he didn’t make sure Liang stayed out of jail.


    • btx3

      April 19, 2016 at 6:23 PM

      Well…He has a conviction on his record for a major felony. So his cop days are over, and finding a job is going to be tough.

      The DA got his wish, and they were definitely handslap on the “Community Service” part. I would have thought something like 2,000 hours over the probation period.


      • roderick2012

        April 20, 2016 at 10:07 AM

        Big deal.

        This guy didn’t even help the victim claiming that he was too distraught while the victim’s girlfriend was calm and collected enough to perform CPR with only the help of dispatch giving her directions over the phone.

        If I had been on the jury I would have been enraged at his ‘incompetence’ defense.



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