News 12 BrooklynTwo years after the indictment of then New York police officer Peter Liang, hundreds of people who mobilized to support him are vowing to stay together and fight for other issues, reports
The Coalition of Asian Americans for Civil Rights sprang up to protest the charges against Liang, who fired his gun in a darkened stairwell in a public housing project. The bullet ricochet off the wall and struck and killed Akai Gurley, an unarmed Black man.
The group, made up of mostly Chinese immigrants, said it was unfair White police officers who killed unarmed Black people have avoided prosecution while Liang did not.
“This is not a celebration. This is just a reunion for the volunteers who have worked so hard in a few rallies that we had,” said an organizer. The group pledged to continue their work and fight injustice against the community.
Liang was eventually convicted of criminally negligent homicide and was sentenced to five years probation and 800 hours of community service.
The case deeply divided the Asian American community, with others saying the community must stand with those fighting injustice against all. They felt the White police officers should have been prosecuted as well, but the fact that they weren’t, didn’t justify not prosecuting Liang.
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