Last February, former NYPD officer Peter Liang was convicted of second-degree manslaughter for shooting Akai Gurley in a Brooklyn stairwell. A grand jury determined that Liang recklessly fired his weapon and killed Gurley — a “total innocent” — with a bullet that ricocheted off a wall. The jurors also found him guilty of officer misconduct, for knowingly neglecting his duty to perform CPR when Gurley was dying.
Liang faces up to 15 years for the two guilty counts, but Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson just announced that he doesn’t want any jail time on the table.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Thomson recommended house arrest for six months, five years of probation, and 500 hours of community service because the shooting was unintentional.
“Peter Liang was indicted, prosecuted and subsequently convicted by a jury because his reckless actions caused an innocent man to lose his life. There is no evidence, however, that he intended to kill or injure Akai Gurley,” he said in a statement that was obtained by NY1. “When Mr. Liang went into that building that night, he did so as part of his job and to keep the people of Brooklyn and our city safe.”
Liang was the first NYPD officer convicted for an on-duty shooting in the past decade. His official sentencing hearing is on April 14.