Folks say NYPD officer Peter Liang was negligent, not clumsy, in patrolling the Pink Houses.
If I wasn’t media literate, I’d think NYDP police officer Peter Liang was the victim and not 28 year-old Mr. Akai Gurley, who lost his life after being shot in the chest from a bullet discharged from Officer Liang’s Glock .9 mm.
The media paints a picture of a nervous, clumsy “rookie” who accidentally discharged his weapon in the pitch-black stairwell of a smelly and dangerous housing project in Brooklyn.
But the real story is about an unprofessional police officer who while carrying a flashlight in one hand – which means it either wasn’t pitch-black in the stairwell or the Mr. Liang didn’t turn on his flashlight – and a drawn Glock .9 mm in the other, was negligent in his vertical patrol and ended up killing an innocent, young black man, which should warrant not only a thorough investigation, but ultimately a conviction.
It’s important that the public doesn’t allow the mainstream media to shape the narrative into how sorry and devastated the young officer is. For Akai Gurley’s sake, the narrative must be about the officer’s negligent behavior, perceived fear of the black and brown people who populate the Pink Houses and how you could accidentally pull a 12-pound NY2 trigger, which according to GlockForum.com, was adopted by the NYPD to help prevent negligent discharges by amped-up officers.
Mark D. Levine, a New York City Council member representing the 7th District, also debunked the narrative of an accidental shooting early Saturday morning on Twitter, citing the fact that the officer’s gun was drawn and his finger on the trigger.
Mr. Asa Khalif, an activist who was an integral part in recently clearing a Philadelphia teenager of attempted murder, is unwinding from the big case in his NYC home and confirms the City isn’t buying the narrative of an accidental shooting.
And even if it was an accidental shooting, Mr. Khalif says it “wasn’t an accident when the officers failed to call for an ambulance. It wasn’t an accident when the officers failed to identify themselves after the shooting. If I hit you with my car, that’s an accident. If I keep driving and don’t check to make sure the person I hit is okay, that’s a crime. Both officers should be fired and bought on charges… simple as that.”
The President of Racial Unity USA and a familiar face to big cases surrounding police and prosecutorial misconduct, Mr. Khalif asserts that what you do after an accident determines your character, and the officers involved viewed the residents of the Pink Houses as “ni**ers” and that’s why they didn’t assist them, leaving the traumatized girlfriend of Mr. Gurley to have to seek a neighbors help.
“If you that scary, you shouldn’t be walking the beat… you should have your punk a** in the kitchen baking bread like a b*tch,” exclaims Mr. Khalif, who tells me that after the murder of Eric Garner and Mike Brown, the community can no longer take for face value what the police say. “Cops are guilty until proven innocent… the same way they view us a black men,” he added.
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