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Brooklyn Rally for Peter Liang Draws Thousands

posted by ShirleyNLew
Brooklyn Rally for Peter Liang Draws Thousands
Man with bullhorn outside Manhattan's Chinatown bakery seen asking passersby to sign a petition to support Peter Liang

Man with bullhorn outside Manhattan’s Chinatown bakery seen asking passersby to sign a petition to support Peter Liang

By Shirley Lew
AsAmNews New York Correspondent

Brooklyn was the site of one of the 40 cities nationwide that gathered on the same day to support ex-NYPD officer Peter Liang.

In the morning, free shuttle buses rolled out of Manhattan’s Chinatown and other boroughs delivering hundreds to the rally, while many others marched over the Brooklyn Bridge.

At Cadman Plaza thousands stood together to rally just blocks from the courthouse where the jury found Liang guilty of second degree manslaughter. Liang’s mother and her son’s attorney, Robert Brown attended.

The bus I was on filled up quickly and would return for the next group. May Chow, the general manager of Victoria Tours provided the free shuttle bus to the Chinese Action Network as a show of support.

The Asian community and more filled the park with an impressive turnout of about 50,000, as I was told by a police officer. Other estimates were closer to the 10,000-15,000 range.

Attorney Robert Brown and Peter Liang's mother

Attorney Robert Brown and Peter Liang’s mother

Congresswoman, Grace Meng of Queens said at the rally, But one thing is clear in the tragic case: the system failed. It failed Peter Liang and it failed Akai Gurley. The elevator in the Pink Houses should not have been broken. The lights should have not been out in the stairway. Two rookie cops should not have been patrolling by themselves in New York City. Public housing residents should not have to deal with crime that makes these regular police patrols necessary. These systematic failures make me so angry and must be addressed. Another tragedy like his must not be allowed to occur ever again.”

Many signs supporting Liang were seen along with American flags. Speakers spoke passionately that the power of the people relied on them to register to vote.

The Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV) in New York has been vocal in supporting Liang’s indictment from the beginning. Just days ago, they release a statement that they have been receiving death threats.

Peter Liang rally in San Francisco

Rally in San Francisco

Peter Liang Rally in San Francisco

About 200-300 people marched down Market Street in San Francisco for Peter Liang

Rally for Peter Liang in SF

Many said the maximum 15 year sentence for Liang would be too much

In San Francisco,”William” carried a bull horn, leading chants at the Justice for Peter Liang march also on Saturday, Feb 20. About 200-300 people attended the march and rallied through downtown San Francisco and to Union Square.

Man holds sign, "Justice Not Politics"

Man holds sign, “Justice Not Politics”

Thousands rally in Brooklyn for Peter Liang

Thousands rally in Brooklyn for Peter Liang

“We are thinking its a little bit long, William said about the possible 15 year sentence for Liang. “We just want justice on this. We are feeling sorry for the victim as well. We also parading for them as well.”

About the conviction, William said, “We cannot do anything about it, I’m sorry to say. We just want to prevent something bad from happening (referring to the possible 15 year sentence).

The rally in Boston drew about 1,000 people

Brooklyn District Attorney, Ken Thompson has been accused of using Liang as a scapegoat in a bid to be re-elected.

Co-Founder, Executive Director of the Chinese Action Network, Karlin Chan told me, “The persecution of Peter Liang with dirty tactics and theatrics by an overzealous Thompson has enraged not only the Chinese community, but supporters of law enforcement also. The closing argument by Assistant District Attorney,  Joseph Alexis went well beyond the evidence and testimony presented during the trial when he accused Liang of deliberately aiming and shooting Mr. Gurley and then trying to cover it up. If this indeed was an intentional shooting, why just the one shot into a pitch black staircase?  Why not a barrage?   During the last election when Thompson defeated then incumbent Charles Hynes, the PBA endorsed him. We will see how this trial has affected their stand when it comes to the 2017 re-election or other public office he may seek. Many outside the Chinese community share the same sentiment that Liang was offered up as a sacrificial lamb to calm the waves of public demonstrations and anti-police sentiment sweeping across NYC and the country.  Though the Chinese/Asian vote alone may not be able to defeat him, we must add in other ethnicities sharing this view. We will see. “

 

 

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One Comment

  1. CKC says:

    RE: Brooklyn rally for Peter Liang draws thousands: A person is guilty of second degree manslaughter when he recklessly causes the death of another person. It's what happened here. There are a lot of what ifs and a lot of "shoulda, woulda, coulda's", but the verdict wasn't wrong. Chinese-Americans are asking for "white privilege" but that isn't the "justice" we should be looking for and certainly not the racial equality we're looking for. Ken Thompson took his job seriously, he has indicted other officers including the black officer who stomped on the head of a suspected perp. Ferguson and Staten Island cannot be compared to Brooklyn because it's apples to oranges. Ferguson is a racist town (check the federal investigation) and Staten Island is a borough full of cops and cop families, you can't find a jury to indict a cop there (that's why people called for a special prosecutor for cop indictment cases).

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