Peter Liang convicted for reckless manslaughter
Conviction of this police officer in the shooting death of Akai Gurley has raised a lot of questions regarding criminal justice system in New York. In most cases, officers who are accused of killing unarmed civilian are not criminally charged, of if they are, judges in non-jury trials release them. But, why is this case so different?
The jurors, while conducting investigation, had an opportunity to put themselves in Liang’s position, when they were allowed to pull the trigger. They concluded that quick flinch, when a person is surprised, wasn’t enough to fire a weapon. That had to be a conscious decision, even if there wasn’t an intention to strike a person. This an important part, because the jury made a decision and convicted him of reckless manslaughter. The law doesn’t recognize an intention of a person to harm another person, but the act that has been done. Jurors state that Peter’s finger shouldn’t have been on the trigger.
Other police officers were, we could say, in similar situations, but they have been asked to present their testimony to the court and to the jury, they had an excuse, such as: you don’t know what I saw, or you don’t know the danger I faced. But, Peter Liang only saw darkness.
Few moments after a deadly shoot, Liang tried to cover up his tracks, he searched for the missing bullet and failed to notify ambulance and police. In his search for a bullet, he stumbled upon on a dying Gurley. His friend Melissa tried to give him CPR, but Liang didn’t do anything to help unfortunate man.
His partner later testified that Liang was more worried about how to conceal his weapon then to help a dying man. Here states that is often worse to conceal the evidence then to admit you are guilty.