Peter Liang Found Guilty of Manslaughter For the Killing of Akai Gurley
New York police officer Peter Liang, who shot and killed an unarmed man in a New York housing project stairwell in 2014, has been found guilty of manslaughter and official misconduct. Liang was charged with 5 counts in the death of 28-year old Akai.
Liang was charged with manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment, criminally negligent homicide and official misconduct.
The jury consisted of 7 men and 5 women. During trial, Liang testified in his own defense. He testified that his gun went off by accident after he entered the pitch-black stairwell and heard a “quick sound” coming from his left side that startled him and caused him to “tense up” and fire his weapon.
A major contention happened at trial when prosecutors presented that Liang did not administer first aid to Akai. Prosecutors called on a number of instructors from the Police Academy to testify about the training recruits receive. While they described to jurors what each officer is taught, Liang and his partner, Landau, testified that they received minimal CPR training and were therefore unable to render aid.
Liang’s sentencing is set for April 14. The manslaughter conviction carries up to 15 years in prison. For those not completely informed about the case, we reported on it earlier. You can also put “Peter Liang” in the search box found on the right-side border.