Gurley Family Urges Judge to Jail Liang

Akai Gurley (Photo via Amsterdam News)

Akai Gurley (Photo via Amsterdam News)

Judge Danny Chun, who on April 14 will offer his sentencing decision in connection with former NYPD officer Peter Liang’s manslaughter conviction for the death of Akai Gurley, has been asked by friends and family of Gurley to ignore the recent recommendation by Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson that Liang not serve time in prison, reports Nayaba Arinde in the Amsterdam News.

“If it was Akai Gurley who had shot officer Peter Liang, would Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson recommend no jail time?” asked Hertencia Petersen, speaking with the Amsterdam News.

“Judge Chun, the family would like you to please do the moral thing, that according to the law, if someone is convicted of manslaughter, they can face up to 15 years in jail. We are hoping that just because Liang was a police officer when he shot and killed my nephew, he will not be given any special privileges.”

Assembly member Charles Barron said that Liang should be jailed “for killing an unarmed man whose daughter and family will never ever see again.” Go to the Amsterdam News to read more comments from Barron and Petersen.

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