NYPD Cop Peter Liang Who Shot Akia Gurley In Brooklyn Stairwell Found Guilty of Manslaughter

The rookie NYPD cop, Peter Liang, who gunned down innocent and unarmed Akai Gurley in a Brooklyn housing project stairwell was convicted Thursday of manslaughter. After shooting Gurley, Liang called his sergeants cell phone in attempt to get out of his mess instead of calling the shooting in as he was required to do which also contributed to his guilty charge. Check out the details below…

The shocking verdict was a powerful message from the jury that the public’s opinion on police killings has radically changed in the wake of Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Michael Brown and other tragedies around the country.

The tension was palpable and a heavy silence filled the Brooklyn courtroom as the jury returned with the verdict just before 7 p.m.

Gurley’s family sat in the front row, as they had every day of the two-week-long trial.

“I want to thank God. The DA was a man of his word,” said Kimberly Ballinger, the mother of Gurley’s daughter. “And I thank the jurors so much.”

“We’re not rejoicing,” Gurley’s aunt Hertencia Petersen told the Daily News. “But it’s about being accountable. It’s about a girl who will never know her father.”

A look of disbelief spread across Officer Peter Liang’s face as the foreman issued the jury’s decision. He quickly buried his head in his hands.

Liang, also convicted of official misconduct, faces up to 15 years in prison when he’s sentenced April 14. He is the first NYPD cop to be convicted of a police-involved shooting in a decade. – via nydailynews

That last sentence speaks volumes. Ironic that this cop is a minority too…just saying.

Leave FB Comments

Powered by Facebook Comments