She claims the city failed to properly train the officers who did not provide CPR to Gurley after they shot him.
“So under no circumstance will we tolerate any officer in the New York City Police Department short-circuiting the process, whether it’s the instruction itself or the testing itself, to validate that the officers have the necessary skills to safely patrol the city”.
Chin also blamed the “culture of neglect” surrounding New York’s public housing, which, she offered, contributes to an “atmosphere of fear” that helped lead to Liang’s decision to fire. Liang could face up to 15 years in prison.
Protests broke out all over the US after Liang was convicted of shooting and killing an unarmed African-American man – but their protests say more than they realize.
The bystander, who was roughly the same age as Liang at the time of his death, was a black man named Akai Gurley, father of a 3-year-old daughter. As Asian Americans, we remember the beatings of Kang Wong, Jessica Klyzek, and Sureshbhai Patel, and the shooting deaths of Fong Lee, Cau Bich Tran, Yong Xin Huang, and Michael Cho-all victims of excessive force by police.
Prosecutors contend that the then-rookie cop had “recklessly discharged his service pistol into a dimly lit stairwell” of the Pink Houses in East New York, Brooklyn the night of November 20, 2014, which then struck and killed Gurley as he took the stairs one floor below the cop and his partner.
But from Philadelphia to St. Louis to Los Angeles, Asian-American protesters on Saturday this time decried the conviction of a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man. The protesters both have been emboldened by the new age of civil rights and galvanized by what they see as an injustice at least partly brought on by the Black Lives Matter protests. He stressed the Chinese community didn’t march because it believes Liang is a hero. Some even asked why white officers can escape the punishment that will befall Liang.
“Scapegoat” was a popular word on protest signs, as were phrases such as “Tragedy NOT Crime”, “One Tragedy, Two Victims”, and “All Lives Matter”. She says Liang’s conviction and possible sentence reveals a double-standard when previous NYPD cases involving white officers have resulted in probation or no charges at all, as in the case of the death of Eric Garner.
Support for Liang isn’t universal, however. You need to understand why they would counter protest.
“In the wake of so many unfortunate deaths of unarmed African-American men in the hands of police officers, the tension between the police and African-American communities nationwide has reached an unprecedented level”, Mr. Ouyang’s statement continued.
But as CBS2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported, the investigation is cold comfort to a Brooklyn couple whose asthmatic daughter died after a police officer told them, “I don’t do CPR”. Politicians were taken aback as Chinese-Americans, galvanized and supported by an openly biased ethnic media, spoke out vociferously against the plan, in contradiction with surveys indicating that Asian-Americans support it.
The protests this weekend were also a slight to the other minorities we should be supporting.
Deploring a “racist system”, they called for justice, too.
Seattle activist J.M. Wong, a counter-protester with the Pacific Rim Solidarity Network (PARISOL) spoke to the crowd in both English and Mandarin.
“But does that mean we free Peter Liang for what he did?”