Chants of “Justice, justice!” and “No scapegoat!” rang out in Downtown Brooklyn Saturday as local pols and representatives from Chinese American organizations gave impassioned speeches at a rally protesting the conviction of ex-NYPD officer Peter Liang.
More than 10,000 people poured into Cadman Plaza to express their frustration with the legal system and what they say were preventable circumstances that led the rookie cop from Bensonhurst to accidentally kill an innocent Akai Gurley in the stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project in November 2014.
“All of the things that occurred before the shooting were very scary for Peter Liang,” said Daniel Chen, of the Coalition of Asian Americans for Civil Rights . “You don’t know what’s going to kill you. It is ridiculous that an officer who was only on the force for two years was sent to dangerous projects.”
Community leaders and pols charged that Liang’s manslaughter conviction by the New York State Supreme Court on February 11 is a case of “selective justice,” and that Liang is merely a scapegoat for the tensions between the NYPD and New York’s African-American population.
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