Asian-Americans split over conviction of NYPD cop who killed Akai Gurley
February 24, 2016 - Uncategorized
The conviction of a Chinese-American former New York Police officer who shot to death an unarmed black man has spawned protests from Asian-Americans and caused a rift within their community over whether he had been targeted because of his race.
Last Saturday, some 10,000 people, mostly Chinese-Americans, demonstrated in support of Peter Liang, the 28-year-old rookie cop who shot and killed Akai Gurley, 28, in a dark stairwell of the Louis Pink Houses in East New York, Brooklyn in November 2014.
The demonstrators gathered on a lawn across from the Brooklyn courthouse where Liang was convicted. Many held signs that read “One tragedy, two victims” and chanted “No scapegoat! No scapegoat!” Read more…