Many are outraged after the rookie NYPD cop who “accidentally” shot and killed Akai Gurley as he walked home will not have to face any jail time.
Officer Peter Liang was sentenced to six months house arrest, 500 hours of community service, and five years’ probation for murdering an innocent man who was walking to his apartment in his building’s stairwell when Liang got “afraid” and shot and killed the father of one.
The rookie cop convicted of killing an unarmed black man in the stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project won’t spend even one night in jail for the crime.
“This is bull—-! The system is f—ed up,” one spectator snapped after Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun sentenced Peter Liang to five years’ probation and 800 hours of community service for the fatal shooting of Akai Gurley.
“Akai’s life doesn’t matter,” Gurley’s aunt, Hertencia Petersen, fumed. “Another black man has been murdered by the hands of the Police Department. And the officer is not being held accountable.”
Outside the courthouse, scores of angry protesters chanted “The whole damn system is guilty as hell!”
At the same time, about 100 of the cop supporters yelled “Justice for Liang!”
The mild-mannered Liang showed little emotion when he learned his fate – or when he pleaded his case to the judge, saying he regretted the “devastation” he caused when his gun went off in the dimly lit stairwell.
“I was in shock. I could barely breathe. The shot was accidental, but someone was dead,” he said.
“My life is forever changed. I hope I have a chance to rebuild it.”