Asians Protest Biased System - Liang was not Exonerated like White Officers

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28-year-old Peter Liang, an NYPD rookie officer of Chinese American decent, was convicted of second-degree manslaughter for the death of Akai Gurley. Liang shot Gurley in an unlit stairwell of a NY housing project. Liang and another officer were patrolling the building. Liang's gun was drawn. Gurley and his girlfriend entered the stairwell below and Liang's gun went off. A single bullet hit the wall and ricocheted into Gurley's chest. 28 year old Akai Gurley was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Liang, faces up to 15 years in prison. He testified that the shooting was an accident, but he was found guilty of manslaughter and official misconduct on February 11, 2016.

Saturday, 1000s of Asian Americans protested in Philadelphia's China Town to ask, "where's their white privilege?" If white officers get to shoot unarmed Blacks and not get convicted, why can't they?

The answer is simple: you are not white.

Shooting people and killing them is wrong. Even if its an accident, you will be charged. Now, in some situations you will not be convicted. Those situations would be when the victim is black, and you are white; or even more so, if you are white and a police officer.

Justice was served and this officer is not being treated unfairly. The sad thing is that the standard in America is that black lives do not matter. Asian Americans feel that an injustice was done to this officer because of George Zimmerman, Timothy Loehmann, Darren Wilson and other people who have been exonerated after killing unarmed African Americans.

If people want to call for justice, they should ask that white officers be held accountable for their actions in the same way that this Asian Officer is.


Nita Michelle

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