Former Cop Gets Probation, Community Service For Killing Unarmed Man
Peter Liang's sentencing is not that much of a surprise. The DA's office recommended no jail time in March.By Eugene Daniels | April 19, 2016
Peter Liang, the former New York officer found guilty of manslaughter in the 2014 fatal shooting of Akai Gurley, won't spend any time behind bars. A judge sentenced Liang to five years of probation and 800 hours of community service and reduced the conviction to criminally negligent homicide.
While there's sure to be some backlash, the sentencing basically lines up with what the district attorney's office recommended. Before the sentencing, DA Ken Thompson released a statement saying the case wasn't about revenge, adding Liang's "incarceration is not necessary to protect the public, and due to the unique circumstances of this case, a prison sentence is not warranted."
Before the sentencing, Liang apologized to Gurley's family, with his lawyer adding the former cop "is not a villain or a demon."