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Former NYPD Officer Peter Liang Won’t Spend a Day in Prison for Akai Gurley’s Death

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There’s no dispute over whether former NYPD officer Peter Liang shot and killed Akai Gurley in a darkened Brooklyn stairwell in November of 2014. But after a jury found him guilty on charges of manslaughter in a high-profile trial, a judge reduced the charge to criminally negligent homicide on Tuesday, reported NBC News. Though Liang faced up to 15 years in prison after his initial conviction, he will serve five years of probation and 800 hours of community service.

And will not spend one day in prison for Gurley’s death.

Liang’s case became national news amid harrowing stories of police violence in black communities. In New York City and across the country, Liang’s supporters said that he had become an easy scapegoat for police accountability because he is Asian-American. In one petition to the White House, supporters wrote, “the circumstances surrounding Mr. Gurley’s death lead to a manslaughter indictment this week, whereas police officers in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner case were never charged. Criminal charges appeared more likely in the later two cases, but these two non-Asian police officers were never charged.”

Gurley’s family, however, was buoyed by the initial verdict. “We have to send a message not only to the system, but to these police officers, their commanders, to the mayor: no more,” Hertencia Peterson, Gurley’s aunt, said in an interview at the Kings County Supreme Court in downtown Brooklyn during Liang’s trial. “Enough is enough. Stop with the excuses. Hold these officers accountable because, at the end of the day, they have a job, they’re collecting a paycheck, they’re seeing their loved ones. Akai Gurley’s not.”

Still, an unlikely coalition of black and Asian-American activists emerged in the aftermath of Gurley’s death that vowed to bring Liang to justice. “Just because it’s an Asian cop doesn’t mean that doesn’t mean that he shouldn’t be indicted,” said Meejin Richart, an organizer with CAAAV, at the time. “In fact, all cops need to be held accountable when they brutalize and kill communities that they’re paid to protect.”
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NYPD Roles Out Shot Spotter Pilot Program In Areas Of Bronx, Brooklyn

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new high-tech pilot program that will help the NYPD determine where shots are fired, even if no one calls 911. The technology is called Shot Spotter and it works like a GPS triangulation system, using antennas and coordinates to identify the location and direction the gunfire comes from, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported. NYPD spokesman Steve Davis said the information is relayed to the real time crime center in police headquarters, which will then be able to disseminate the location to police officers in the field. Davis said the Shot Spotter is designed to address shootings and resulting fatalities, both of which are on the rise this year compared to last year. The technology will also help get police to the scene of shootings faster than ever before. The pilot program was set up in 7 Bronx precincts and 10 Brooklyn precincts that have seen an uptick in gun violence. As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported, the NYPD actually expects the number of shootings in the city to go up. Based on statistics in other cities where it’s already in use, 75 percent of shootings that occur are not reported to 911. Jesse Tisch, the […]

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FBI and NYPD teams up for new cyber security task force to bust hackers

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with coalition of The New York Police Department (NYPD) is creating an anti-terrorism task force, not to tackle terrorists but to track and take down hackers. In a

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