The letter is meant to counter a protest by other Asian Americans calling for the indictment to be dropped. Protests are scheduled from New York to California next Sunday in support of Liang.
The letter from the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence which was founded in 1986 says “the fact that Officer Liang is Asian American shouldn’t mean that we as Asian Americans support him unequivocally. Quite the opposite — it should compel us to think about what justice looks like and how Asian Americans can contribute to the movement for police accountability and broader racial justice.
“When police officers are not held accountable, they are enabled to kill with impunity. This should be unacceptable to all of us, especially as many of our own community members, from South Asians post-9/11 to Southeast Asian communities, are also targeted by police departments across the country.”
But the Coalition for Asian Americans for Civil Rights, a new group which sprung up around the indictment of Liang, calls the indictment a political prosecution and the charges inappropriate.
Liang was patrolling the stairwell of a housing project with his gun drawn when Gurley entered the stairwell just a dozen steps below them. Liang’s gun accidentally went off, the bullet ricocheted off the wall, striking Gurley and killing him.
To sign on to the letter from the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence, go here.
To learn more about the protest next Sunday, you can to the Coalition for Asian Americans for Civil Rights.