Peter Liang verdict sparks activists’ push against Brookyn DA

(From the New York Post)

Chinese-American activists, angered by last week’s conviction of former NYPD Officer Peter Liang for the fatal shooting of an unarmed man, are seeking a candidate to run against Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson next year, The Post has learned.

Peter Liang (left) and Brooklyn D.A. Ken Thompson

Peter Liang (left) and Brooklyn D.A. Ken Thompson

“We will lobby against [Thompson] no matter what,” Karlin Chan, executive director of the Chinese Action Network (CAN), said Tuesday, bluntly adding, “This is political punishment for what he’s done.”

Liang was convicted last Thursday on manslaughter and official-misconduct charges following a three-week jury trial and nearly 20 hours of deliberation over the 2014 shooting — in which his bullet ricocheted off a cinder-block wall in a housing-project stairwell and fatally struck an unarmed, innocent black man, Akai Gurley, 28, in the chest.

“This was a political movement by [Thompson] to bring a second-degree-manslaughter charge against Peter,” Chan went on, adding that he was “shocked” by the verdict. “This wasn’t an intentional shooting,” he said.

He vowed that CAN will haunt any campaign Thompson launches, whether it be for one more term as Brooklyn DA or another political seat, because of the “persecution” of Liang.

“No matter what office he runs for, we will be reaching beyond the Chinese and Asian communities, because he’s indicted the whole law enforcement system and he can’t get away with that,” Chan said. Read more

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