Chinese American cop Peter Liang loses bid for new trial in NY shooting

Chinese American cop Peter Liang loses bid for new trial in NY shooting

April 14, 2016 6:21 PM (UTC+8)

 

(From Reuters)

A former New York City police officer on Thursday lost a bid to set aside his manslaughter conviction for killing an unarmed black man in a darkened public housing stairwell.

Peter Liang enters courthouse in earlier court appearance
Peter Liang enters courthouse in earlier court appearance

State Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun in Brooklyn rejected arguments from former Officer Peter Liang’s lawyers that a juror with anti-police bias had lied in order to get onto the case.

The decision not to order a new trial clears the way for Liang’s sentencing on Tuesday, two months after he was found guilty in connection with the shooting of Akai Gurley.

Gurley, 28, died when a bullet fired from Liang’s gun on Nov. 20, 2014, ricocheted off a wall and into his chest as he walked in an unlit stairwell in a Brooklyn housing project.

The shooting added to nationwide protests in cities like Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, over the use of police force against minorities, though Liang, a Chinese-American, was not accused of intentionally killing Gurley.

Liang’s conviction, meanwhile, sparked outcry among Chinese-American activists who said he was a scapegoat for police misconduct.

Following Thursday’s hearing, Liang’s supporters were confronted outside the courthouse by protesters who screamed that the former officer was a murderer.

Liang faces up to 15 years in prison, though prosecutors have recommended no prison time, drawing criticism from Gurley’s family. Read more

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