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No Prison Time for NYPD Officer in Fatal Shooting at Housing Project

April 19, 2016  | 

The former NYPD officer who fatally shot an unarmed man in the stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project was not given jail time in his sentencing on Tuesday as scores of his supporters and protesters rallied outside the courthouse, reports the New York Post.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun sentenced Peter Liang to five years probation and 800 hours of community service after Liang pleaded his case.

"Growing up my parents thought it was a foolish dream that I wanted to become a police officer. When I graduated from the academy it was a dream come true," Liang told the judge, before apologizing to Akai Gurley's family.

"The shot was accidental," he said. "My life is forever changed. I hope I have a chance to rebuild it."

Liang, 28, was convicted in February of manslaughter — a charge that could have resulted in up to 15 years in prison. Chun reduced the charge to criminally negligent homicide at the sentencing.

"There's no evidence Peter Liang was aware of Akai Gurley's presence," Chun said. 

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Mike @ 4/19/2016 6:32 PM

Our justice system has some flaws, but it's still better than that shithole you live in asshole. So GFYS Percy. You dirty piece of human trash.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/19/2016 8:06 PM

Percy, you again? You have stated numerous times that you were never a cop. So why do you feel qualified to comment on a subject of which you know nothing about??

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/19/2016 8:44 PM

Looks like our resident "trolls" gave each other a labotomy.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/19/2016 9:18 PM

Roberto, one of the most important hunting rules is; never shoot at the unknown. The primary difference between these two cases is that while the hunter negligently killed another hunter; the Officers gun fired by mistake.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/19/2016 11:31 PM

Obviously no one checks the comments section, if they did certain comments from certain trolls would be removed. Percy, I agree with and support Mike. He's absolutely correct in what he said.

Rick @ 4/19/2016 11:52 PM

Percy was offended by SES and Mike? Really Percy I feel no sympathy for you. Grow up. Don't be such a cop hater. Its ridiculous the way you carry on in your blind wandering way. One of these days you'll get yourself into a lot of trouble. You human trash. Mike was right. I read you're comments all the time and I am disgusted. Police Magazine needs to delete YOUR comments, not anyone else's.

PoPo @ 4/20/2016 9:50 AM

Ok here is my 2 cents worth. In principal I agree with Leonard. There appears to be an injustice when given the two situations (hunter vs. cop). The officer should lose his job, we don't want someone who is so timid (if this is the case) that they are so scared they flinch in the dark. Which appears to be the case with this rookie shooting. But manslaughter (involuntary or voluntary) is considered accidental and there was no intent to commit murder. It is no solace for the family, they will be paid handsomely I'm sure. The court takes into consideration the totality of the circumstances not just that a shot was fired and killed someone. Justice or not it happens all the time to civilians who get off doing the do the same act. If you don't like it Leonard , go live in Canada with Percy or possibly Mexico with their laws. Maybe Iran with their laws may suit you. Otherwise run for Congress and get the laws changed.

PoPo @ 4/20/2016 10:02 AM

My second penny is in the jukebox. It suits no purpose putting the officer in jail. My guess is he does not need to be reformed. There should be some method to collect his debt to society sure, but prison won't do anything but take a bed. Although I am not familiar with the situation where the hunter accidentally shoots a teenager (there may be more to it), I am familiar with this case. Does anyone think a mother who accidentally backs over her child while backing out of the driveway deserve prison? They had to put the 2,000 lb car in reverse, check their surroundings, maybe beep their horn, ensure the road is clear etc. But they don't deserve to put in prison.

kevCopAz @ 4/20/2016 2:30 PM

Sad ending to both the victim losing his life and the officer losing his career and living with that guilt. The family will be (if not already) compensated for their loss, probably FAR more then the victim ever would have made in his lifetime. This all seems to be fair in the end and true justice, I agree that nothing would be served placing the officer into prison. This was a tragic accident, not malicious, not intentional and the Law recognizes these types of incidents to be just that, accidental and unintentional. This would be the same result if the offender was not a LEO, intact they probably would

Leonard @ 4/21/2016 12:14 PM

I see that Police Mag moderators removed Percy's, Robert's and my previous postings on this topic yet allowed the personal attacks on Percy to remain. Why the double standard? Afraid your fellow officers are so thinned skinned that they can't handle legitimate criticism?

MIke @ 4/26/2016 3:29 AM

Leonard you sounds a little jealous. Don't worry we hate you just as equally as Percy. Oh BTW, when you are able to post some "legitimate Criticism" (as you call it), we will be willing to listen..................

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