NY Police Officer Peter Liang Indicted On 6 Charges
- second-degree manslaughter,
- criminally negligent homicide,
- reckless endangerment,
- second-degree assault, and
- – 6. two counts of official misconduct.
On November 20, 2014, New York City police officer Peter Liang shot and killed 28-year old Akai Gurley. Gurley was unarmed, and reportedly walking with his girlfriend down a stairwell at a Brooklyn housing project when Liang shot him.
Liang alleges that he was opening a door with the same hand that held his gun, and that the shooting was an accident. The grand jury however, returned an indictment of 6 counts against Liang. The question now is, will a jury convict Liang of any or all of the charges?
Liang is 27-years old. If convicted of second-degree manslaughter, Liang faces a minimum sentence of 1 to 3 years, and a maximum sentence of 5 to 15 years.
After shooting Akai, Officer Liang called his union representative rather than for medical assistance for Akai.
The LA Times reports that the indictment was the second this month of a police officer by a Brooklyn grand jury. On February 3, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced that a policeman had been indicted on assault and other charges after allegedly stomping on the head of a suspect who was handcuffed and lying face-down.
Joel Edouard, the officer indicted for assault, faces up to one year in jail if convicted.