Oskarlre自己facebook关于Officer Liang一案的小声明

Oskarlre    02/23     6636    


About Ex-NYPD officer Liang event, here is some clarifications: As Asian American community, we never try to seek for "white privileges" in any form. Matter of fact, our community members often are victims of police brutality and systematic discrimination in many situations. However, Officer Liang's case isn't police brutality at all -- a person's gun misfired with no intention to shoot anyone, the bullet bounced after hitting a wall and just an other person apparently standing the new direction of bullet traveling. It's like my car hits black ice, spinning into a tree, the tree falls randomly and kill a person who just stands there. It is a pure tragic accident, nothing more. Normally there's no way that person be charged in criminal case but a civil negligent case. The problem is, this time the person with a gun is an Asian rookie cop and the person who got shot is an African American. Under current political environment, it becomes a perfect scapegoat case -- The NYC DA office can make up the face they lost in Eric Garner and so many other none charged police brutality cases, while show how "justice" they can bring to African American community; the NYPD union can sacrifice this Asian rookie to ease the tension between police and African American communities without much political consequences -- since our Asians are always quiet with no complain to the unfair treatment for so long, we're the easiest tool to be used. Therefore, the case is painted as "police brutality" by NYC DA office and media while NYPD union simply withdrew their support to officer Liang in order to throw him under the bus. Is scapegoating justice? Is revenge mentality justice? I don't think so. A convection of 2nd degree manslaughter to officer Liang is only a cover up, a cover up to the incompetency of NYPD training program (both Liang and his rookie partner have CPR certifications but with no actual CPR knowledge due to designed training cheat), dispatch practice (2 rookies perform vertical patrol in one of most dangerous area with no experienced officer supervision), NYC's lack ability to maintain basic infrastructures in its poor area (the light of incident building went out for months) and DA's lack of ability to bring real police brutality cases into justice system. Yes, we are protesting, but we're protesting the system, for those minority officers are unfairly treated and scapegoated by the system, for our kids may interest in law enforcement career in the future, for the real justice can bring to our society. We are the model and silent minority, but from now on, we are silent no more.


转发一下 Queens的 J Fontana的部分评论:

Peter Liang was going to be found guilty from Day 1, as this case is nothing if not highly politicized. We have a Brooklyn DA, associated council members, and a mayors office determined to satisfy their constituents at all costs; the NYPD determined to make a sacrifice to deflect their miserable track record; a cultural climate where police brutality is front and center in the media (as it should be), and a tone in mainstream media where China-bashing is commonplace (WNYC is guilty of this as well). However, Peter Liang was made a scapegoat to pay for Staten Island, for Ferguson, and for Baltimore. As an Asian American, he was an easy target in his indictment with no political constituents to back him up. Aside from this context, the trial was flawed and unjust. The prosecution changed their story during the closing arguments to say that Liang deliberately aimed at Gurley, and key context was not allowed to enter the trial (two cops were shot doing vertical patrols during the week the jury was deliberating). Further, since when does putting a gun in a jurors hands make them an expert on firearms? If you're going to take that route to sway the verdict, let's be fair and put the jurors alone in a dark and dangerous NYCHA housing project staircase at 11 pm and see how they rule then. Now does this mean that Liang should not have to pay something for his tragic error? Of course not. But let's let the punishment fit the crime, and not have this entire systemic failure fall upon one man, and one community.