By Shirley Lew
The Liang case so far has revealed a continuous systematic victimization of Asians and other people of color.
Another white officer is being shielded from any misconduct by the NYPD and it is person of color, ex-NYPD Officer Peter Liang paying for the sins for misbehaving white officers again.
Officer Melissa Brown, the CPR instructor that fed answers to Liang and his partner Shaun Landau during a shoddy CPR training , left them both unqualified to administer CPR to a dying man, Akai Gurley in 2014.
An investigation by the NYPD on its CPR training program was triggered by Landau’s testimony during the Liang trial last month. He said the instructor provided the answers during class and that there was not enough time to practice on any of the mannequins.
Last month, lawyers for the Gurley family urged the NYPD to investigate.
Patrick J. Lynch, the president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, released a statement in defense of Brown.
We are convinced that when a full review of the facts is concluded it will be clear that the training officer did her job properly. “The P.B.A. will not allow one of our members to be scapegoated for an ineffective training program.
Brown is now on desk duty with no badge nor gun since March 9.
During a vertical patrol in Brooklyn in 2014, Gurley was killed by a ricocheted bullet from Liang’s gun. Neither Liang and Landau both felt qualified to perform CPR on Gurley.
Last month, a jury found Liang guilty of manslaughter and is now facing a sentence of up to 15 years. Sentencing is set for April 14. Both Liang and Landau have been fired from the NYPD.
The irony here is that Lynch made no quick statement to buffer Liang when he was initially charged, yet he say’s he’s sure Brown will be clear of any misconduct. But, where were these sentiments for Liang? Did the PBA throw Liang under the bus? Some following the case closely say the PBA did and it appears he is thrown under the bus again. Liang doesn’t seem to get a break even after the trial.
AsAmNews reached out to the Senior Director of the Chinese Free Masons, Karlin Chan for his reaction.
There is a double standard that Lynch applies when it comes to defending officers. He has repeatedly been very vocal in defending officers of obvious wrongdoing, but has not issued any statement in defense of Peter Liang. This officer, Brown, being disciplined is a white woman, so it may also imply that Lynch is a racist, what message does this send to Asian NYPD officers?
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