Peter Liang is the former New York rookie cop who killed Akai Gurley in a stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project. Akai was unarmed. He was doing no wrong; committing no crime.
On February 11, 2016, a jury returned a guilty verdict, convicting Liang of manslaughter. He faced a sentence of 5 to 15 years in prison.
At his sentencing hearing, Liang apologized to Akai’s girlfriend who is the mother of Akai’s daughter, saying, “I’m not a man of many words. The shot was an accident.”
Today, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun sentenced Liang to five years probation and 800 hours of community service for the death of 28-year-old dad Akai Gurley — after reducing the charge against the cop. Read the rest of this entry
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.
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On November 20, 2014, 28-year-old Akai Gurley was coming down a stairway in a housing project in Brooklyn, when rookie cop Peter Liang fired a shot. It is said that the bullet ricocheted off a wall and hit Akai in his chest. Liang, neither his partner, provided Akai with medical assistance, and Akai died at the scene.
In February 2015, Liang was indicted by a grand jury. His trial began on Monday with opening statements. The trial is not livestreamed, but Wild About Trial is writing on the daily proceedings.
The 911 call reporting the shooting has been released. Read the rest of this entry
- 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?