Brooklyn, NY — The family and supporters of Akai Gurley who was killed by a bullet fired from the gun of NYPD cop Peter Liang in a stairwell at the Pink Houses Nov 20, 2014, gathered for a press Conference held in front of DA Ken Thompson’s office at 350 Jay St. with, Thurs March 24th.
“I protest. I do civil disobedience. We’ve done everything peaceful to try to get justice. But don’t make us bring Ferguson (Missouri) to New York City. It seems as though the only thing this country understands is when we tear it down,” Barron said at the rally. “And don’t blame me. I’m saying to you that some of our people in the streets are saying an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and a life for a life.”
Peter Liang was convicted of Manslaughter by a jury last month.
Judge Daniel Chun will deliver the sentence on April 14th at 320 Jay St Brooklyn at 0900. The Family asks for Your support.
Barron said at the rally that many people felt that peaceful protests were having no impact.
“Even Martin Luther King, the prince of peace, said the riots are the voice of the unheard. He didn’t even condemn what he called riots. Am I saying that we should be rioting? Am I saying that we should do something that we haven’t done? I’m saying the system will determine it,” Barron said.
NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton spoke to 1010 Wins via phone, Friday. In the interview Bratton said that Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson acted with “courage” in his recommendation of no jail time for NYPD Officer Peter Liang, and issued a warning to a state assemblyman for his comments about the case.
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