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Thousands rally for ex-officer who fatally shot Akai Gurley

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Mass gathering: Thousands gathered in Cadman Plaza on Feb. 20 to protest the manslaughter conviction of former police officer Peter Liang.
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On for young and old: A young protester marches in Cadman Plaza in support of former police officer Peter Liang.
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A banner event: Various Chinese-American groups showed up to the protest.
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Counter: Supporters of Akai Gurley also protested just outside the park.
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Face off: Police seperated Akai Gurley supporters from those rallying for Peter Liang.
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Sign of the times: The rally took place across from the courthouse where Liang was convicted of manslaughter. He now faces up to 15 years behind bars.
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Charged: Protesters argue that former police officer Peter Liang is being scapegoated for anger over other police shootings.

Protesters faced off Downtown on Saturday over the conviction of a rookie police officer who fatally gunned down an unarmed Red Hook man in an East New York in 2014.

Some 10,000 supporters of Peter Liang filled Cadman Plaza two weeks after jurors found him guilty of killing Akai Gurley, claiming the death was an accident and that politicians and prosecutors are using the Chinese-American former cop as a “scapegoat” to placate public anger over shootings by white officers who have gone free.

A smaller group of Gurley supporters held a counterprotest across the street to support the conviction, waving signs that read “jail killer cops” while police separated the two groups across Cadman Plaza West.

Liang — a Bensonhurst resident who shot Gurley while patrolling a stairwell of a public housing building with his gun drawn — is facing up to 15 years behind bars, and will learn his fate next month.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Jim from Cobble Hill says:
I was over there and I heard the word hakgwai used pretty liberally. Yeah, it means what you think it means.
Feb. 22, 2016, 8:54 am
jjm from c. hill says:
@jim, i wouldnt be surprised 1 bit if they did say that. Most, not all, asians are pretty hostile towards blacks. And the 2 cops actually have the nerve to blame the victim for his death as if walking in a staircase was his fault. Thats why im staying away from chinese restaurants for a LONG while.
Feb. 22, 2016, 10:50 am
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
The scapegoating aspect is very very real and unconscionable, but it doesn't mean Peter Liang's individual conviction is anything other than correct/just.
Feb. 22, 2016, 10:52 am
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
@jjm from c. hill

actually Chinese have been sending billions of dollar to help many African nations, building infrastructures like roads and railway and power plants.
Feb. 22, 2016, 12:03 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Just realized that they apparently can't tell the difference between a goat and a sheep (photo #7).
Feb. 22, 2016, 12:13 pm
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
@Jim from Cobble Hill

according to Wikipedia, the translation of "Scapegoat" in chinese language is represented by a sheep (as a sacrificial lamb). Scapegoat is a term brought to China by Christian missionary in the 19 century, so in chinese translation of scapegoatm it's more related to the bible's sacrificial lamb.
Feb. 22, 2016, 12:29 pm
Jim from Cobble says:
According to the photo, the word "goat" is on the f-ing sign. Nothing stopping anyone from printing it in Chinese, but they didn't.
Feb. 22, 2016, 12:32 pm
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
Hmm... MJ, the Chinese have not been "sending billions of dollars" to Africa. They have been aggressively undercutting local contractors and winning infrastructure construction projects funded by the World Bank and the African Development Bank. Fujian Construction Engineering Group Company uses all Chinese labor and mostly Chinese materials.

While the projects themselves are beneficial to various African nations, they do *nothing* to employ the local population.
Feb. 22, 2016, 1:19 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
@mj, thats for nations in africa. Im talking about blacks in america.
Feb. 22, 2016, 1:22 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
I bet its quite a few protesters there that have stores on canal st. & they're out there still selling fake designer purses & chicken wings with pork fried rice to the very same people that jim from cobble hill said that they described as hakgwai.
Feb. 22, 2016, 1:27 pm
Nicole from Fort Greene says:
One avoidable tragedy. One victim. Liang seems cowardly, self-absorbed and stupid. It's important to make the distinction between cop killings. I can understand the shooting of Michael Brown, because he was an agressor. I'll keep eating Chinese food.
Feb. 22, 2016, 2:06 pm
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
@jjm from c. hill

but most Jackie Chan movie has a black co-star..
Feb. 22, 2016, 2:30 pm
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
@Jimmy from Flatbush

It would take American companies at least five times longer to build something as simple as a flag pole.
Feb. 22, 2016, 4:37 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
If I could put in my 2 cents, I don't really care much for Chinese food. I hope that nobody is offended by this. I do enjoy Fortune Cookies though.
I'm sorry that I've interrupted like this.
John Wasserman
Feb. 22, 2016, 5:32 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Hey Wohn Josserman, fortune cookies are American, genius.
Feb. 22, 2016, 6:33 pm
Frank from Bay Ridge says:
The poor cop was railroaded.
Feb. 22, 2016, 10:20 pm
john from Sheepshead bay says:
Fact : Asians face racial abuse from blacks, whites, hispanics. Bullied, robbed and face verbal attacks on a daily basis. Just read local blogs and the comments. Have someone translate chinease language newspapers and check the reports. Many asians are two fearful to report to the police and know in the past the police were of no help

Fact : if the same type of things were directed towards a black person, hate crime charges would be filed.

Fact: Asians come to usa, work hard and then get ridiculed for being good parents for making thier kids do thier hw, study and try to get into the best schools . Parents often work as many hours as it takes to help thier children
Feb. 25, 2016, 8:01 pm
john from Sheepshead bay says:
The facts are often misrepresented in this case. The officers gun misfired and hit a wall. The gun was never pointed at the victim . Is the officer guilty of getting spoked and the gun accidently firing . Yes. Is that a crime NO. Why is NYCH not on the hook for poor lighting that led to this. If you ever lived in the projects or know someone who did. You would know the stairways are for the criminals. Let see this dude public school record. Want to bet no a's or b's . Let's stop painting the hard working police officer as the devil and the victim as a saint. This incident is a mere accident. Why do so many blacks end up in police involved shootings. becasue they are out and about committing crimes. 90% of African Americans in this city are hard working good people. Let's stop pretending that the remaining 10% are good. Turn them in, testify against them when they committ crimes and join the police department and be part of the solution. How many african americans in this city are underemployed while the police department imports officers from the suburbs
Feb. 25, 2016, 8:08 pm
b from gp says:
The bad lighting didn't fire the shot that killed someone. The person in the stairwell was suppose to be protected by the cop. The cop is not being charged with 1st degree murder, because it was not his intention to harm. Intentions matter, contrary to didactic beliefs.
Feb. 26, 2016, 11:33 am

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