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.