‘You Betrayed Our Community, DA Ken Thompson’

Assembly member Charles Barron (center) joined the family and supporters of Akai Gurley in protesting Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson's recommendation that former officer Peter Liang not serve prison time. (Photo by Nayaba Arinde via Amsterdam News)

Assembly member Charles Barron (center), along with the family and supporters of Akai Gurley, criticized Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson’s recommendation that former officer Peter Liang not serve prison time. (Photo by Nayaba Arinde via Amsterdam News)

The family of Akai Gurley, joined by public officials and other supporters, lambasted Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson at a March 24 press conference a day after Thompson announced he would not seek prison time for Peter Liang. Rather, the DA recommended that Liang receive probation. The former NYPD officer was convicted of manslaughter on Feb. 11 over the shooting death of Gurley.

Hertencia Petersen, Gurley’s aunt, told the Amsterdam News’ Nayaba Arinde that Thompson’s actions were a “slap in the face.” Particularly upsetting to the family was the fact that the DA notified them over the phone “after the news media had it, and it was all over social media.”

Breaking down in tears, Hertencia Petersen told the Amsterdam News, that Thompson informed Gurley’s mother, Sylvia Palmer by phone as she made her way home caught in traffic. “He didn’t even have the decency to call us in as a family and tell us face to face. What kind of disrespect is that?”

State Assembly member Charles Barron called Thompson’s actions a betrayal.

“You betrayed our community, DA Ken Thompson. Your decision to recommend that the police officer found guilty of shooting Akai Gurley should serve no jail time – is like killing him again,” so stated Assemblyman Charles Barron.

Barron told the Amsterdam News a Day of Outrage has been planned outside the DA’s office on the April 4 anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Go to the Amsterdam News for the full story on the press conference.

 

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