Chinese groups speak out on Liang’s behalf
Chinese-American groups around the US are mobilizing in protest over the conviction of Peter Liang, a New York City police officer found guilty of manslaughter on Feb 11 in the shooting death of Akai Gurley in a Brooklyn stairwell in November 2014.
Prosecutors successfully argued that Liang, 28, a rookie, was reckless when he discharged his weapon at the housing project and did nothing to help Gurley, 28, who was on another floor when a bullet fired by Liang ricocheted and fatally struck him.
Supporters of Liang argue that the shooting was accidental and that he was scapegoated in the case because it was another instance of a black man dying at the hands of police in the US.
Below are some of the efforts underway on behalf of Liang, who faces a maximum of 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on April 14. just for himself, but for the whole Chinese-American community.
Lin Sing Association collected $40,000 for Liang’s legal support for the trial. Four New York lawyers have volunteered to help Liang’s petition. attention to this case, and I hope racial prejudice is not a factor in the court decision. hope they will also use other means such as emails to disseminate information about the rally.
Overall, people are confident in the US judicial system. But more or less there have been problems. Clearly this case is not more severe than other similar cases, but the sentencing is severe, and race could be a factor involved.
The outcome could also be different if the NYPD union had held a stronger stance in support of Liang.
The trial is unfair and that Chinese Americans need to fight for equality. In order not to fall victim to racial profiling in the future again, we need to unite and let our voice be heard. Fighting for Liang is to fight for Asian Americans themselves. officers. While we mourn the death of the innocent victim, we also want the system to treat everyone equally.
I hope that by organizing the rally we can have a more united community and continue to fight for our rights in the future. It may take 10 or 20 years before Asians are treated equally, but we must keep trying to achieve that goal.
Liang was treated differently due to his skin color, and the judgment against him is not fair. The rally is fighting not just for Peter Liang alone, but also for fair judicial treatment of us as minority in this country.
We are fighting for a fair system for our children in the future. I encourage people to join us on Feb 20 at the Galleria. As local organizer of a national event, I also encourage people to write to the judge on the behalf of and donate money for the cause of Peter Liang.
New York City Police officer (NYPD) Peter Liang reacts as the verdict is read during his trial in court room at the Brooklyn Supreme court in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Feb 11. founder of Able2Shine, a non-profit organization dedicated to Asian Americans’ advancement into mainstream arenas