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Protests Planned After DA Recommends No Jail Time for Akai Gurley's Killer

HeadlinesMar 24, 2016
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In New York, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office has said it will not seek prison time for former NYPD officer Peter Liang, who was convicted of second-degree manslaughter for the fatal shooting of 28-year-old unarmed African American Akai Gurley. Liang’s conviction carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, but Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson instead recommended Liang perform community service, be confined to his home for six months and be on probation for five years. In response, the family of Akai Gurley said, "Officer Liang recklessly had his gun out and pulled the trigger that night, took no steps to assist Akai as he lay dying, and because of that our family has lost Akai forever. The District Attorney’s inadequate recommendation diminishes what Peter Liang did. It diminishes Akai’s death." Protests are planned for outside the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office for noon today.

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