Chi­nese groups speak out on Liang’s be­half

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By CHEN WEIHUA in Wash­ing­ton, CHANG JUN and LIA ZHU in San Fran­cisco, MAY ZHOU in Hous­ton, DENG YU in Seat­tle and NIU YUE in New York

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.

MARY ALTAFFER / POOL / REUTERS

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

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