Over the past weekend, protesters from all around the world gathered for the indictment of NYPD officer Peter Liang. Liang was the first active duty officer to be charged in 10 years. Although some may view this to be a progression in police accountability, many others would disagree.
Those who protested this past week believe that Liang is just a scapegoat for police officers due to his race. The police officers responsible for Eric Garner and Michael Brown's deaths were never indicted for murder, but it just so happens that an Asian officer is easily indicted.
In 2014, Liang shot at a dark stairway which resulted Akai Gurley's death. Gurley was unarmed at the time. Liang was charged for second degree murder and can face up to 15 years in prison.
With all the unnecessary police shootings that have resulted in the deaths of unarmed individuals, the only white officer that has been charged for murder recently was Officer Van Dyke of Chicago PD. Van Dyke was the first on duty Chicago officer to be charged for murder, after he fatally shot 17 year old Laquan McDonald 16 times.
As police killings continue on a daily basis, we are left to wonder if there will ever be proper accountability for police officers who immediately shoot and kill their suspects. Is this a step forward, or just a cover up?
Accredited to: ajplus.net