Peter Liang Found Guilty of Manslaughter For the Killing of Akai Gurley

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Justice for Akai

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.

 

 

Posted on 02/11/2016, in Akai Gurley, Cases, Cops Gone Wild, Trial Videos and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. Good! I’m sick of people dying at the hand of incompetent cops.

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  2. chuquestaquenumber1

    A just verdict.Give him the

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    • chuquestaquenumber1

      I meant to say give him the max.

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      • Chuquest,
        I certainly hope that he gets the maximum sentence. Just the fact that he first said that his gun fired by accident, then said that he pulled the trigger because he heard a noise that startled him, should be sufficient to give him at least half of the maximum sentence. That he stood there and did nothing to aid Akai, nor try to give his girlfriend comfort that he called for help, is sufficient for the second half of the maximum sentence. Akai was totally innocent. At least in this case, they could not say that they thought he had a gun or had committed a crime.

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        • yahtzeebutterfly

          “Just the fact that he first said that his gun fired by accident, then said that he pulled the trigger because he heard a noise that startled him, should be sufficient to give him at least half of the maximum sentence. That he stood there and did nothing to aid Akai, nor try to give his girlfriend comfort that he called for help, is sufficient for the second half of the maximum sentence.”

          I agree with you, Xena.

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          • Yahtzee, if I were on a jury and the defendant testified, the more he/she gave an inconsistent story, it would tell me that they are guilty.

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        • Anybody that trigger happy and frightened has no business being in Law enforcement.

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  3. yahtzeebutterfly

    Off Topic

    My thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey, Senior Deputy Mark Logsdon, Deputy Derek Geer, Sgt. Ashanti Marbury, and Deputy Scott Ballantyne.

    “5 U.S. law enforcement officers shot dead within days”
    http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/11/us/law-enforcement-officers-shot-dead/

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Akai life and the joy of watching his daughter grow up was stolen from him.

      My heart aches for Akai’s daughter. I will keep her in my prayers.

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  5. Two sides to a story

    This guy seems more fearful than aggressive and though he should definitely accept responsibility for his actions, I’d much rather see the courts take on the aggressive, lying cops who kill people because they feel like it and know they can get away with it.

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