Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NYPD cop Peter Liang dodges prison for killing Akai Gurley

The former rookie cop convicted in the 2014 shooting death of an unarmed man in a housing-project stairwell dodged prison Tuesday.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun sentenced ex-Officer Peter Liang to five years’ probation and 800 hours’ community service for the death of 28-year-old dad Akai Gurley — after reducing the charge against the cop.

Liang remained emotionless as the judge sentenced him.

Before sentencing, the soft-spoken cop apologized to Gurley’s girlfriend and the mother of his young daughter, and said, “I’m not a man of many words. The shot was an accident.”

He had faced up to 15 years behind bars after a jury convicted him of manslaughter in February.

He was whisked away after the sentencing in a car escorted by a police cruiser with its siren on, as throngs of supporters and protesters gathered outside the downtown Brooklyn courthouse.

Chun changed the rap to criminally negligent homicide Tuesday right before sentencing.


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