Group gathers to commemorate ex-NYPD Officer Liang's trial
A large group of people from Brooklyn's Asian-American community gathered at a Sunset Park restaurant Sunday to commemorate the second anniversary of the trial of former NYPD Officer Peter Liang.
The former rookie officer was convicted for shooting and killing an unarmed man - Akai Gurley - in the stairwell of a housing project in East New York back in November 2014.
The Coalition of Asian-Americans for Civil Rights, of CAACR, which supports Liang, was formed after he was indicted back in 2015 and has rallied and marched for Liang's case. The group says Liang was unfairly treated and that the case was an accident.
At the urging of the late Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, the Brooklyn Supreme Court justice presiding over the case avoided a jail sentence for Liang. Instead, he was sentenced him to five years' probation and 800 hours of community service.
Liang's sentence was also downgraded from manslaughter to criminally negligent homicide.
The organizers at the event on Sunday say they plan to continue to fight for the rights of Asian-Americans in the community.