NYPD Officer Peter Liang indicted

NYPD Officer Peter Liang Indicted For The Killing Of Unarmed Akai Gurley

New York City Police Officer, Peter Liang was indicted for the shooting death of unarmed black man, Akai Gurley, at Brooklyn's Louis H. Pink houses on Nov. 20.

The New York Times reports that the 27-year-old rookie cop was indicted yesterday (Feb. 10) on many charges including: second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, two counts of official misconduct and second-degree assault.

A day after the shooting of the 28-year-old Brooklyn man, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton called Gurley, “totally innocent,” and the shooting an “unfortunate accident.”

Officer Liang’s indictment is the first in more than two years in regards to a civilian being shot and killed by the NYPD. This case is especially significant (and an anomaly) with the recent deaths of Missouri teen Michael Brown and Staten Island’s Eric Gardner whose assailants were dropped of all charges. Brown and Gardner were both unarmed.

The police say there was no verbal exchange or physical encounter between Gurley and Officer Liang before the shooting.

Gurley, was with girlfriend Melissa Butler when the shooting occurred, and they were on the seventh-floor stairwell. Both Officer Liang and his partner Officer Shaun Landau were on the eighth floor at the same time the couple entered the seventh. Then, Liang proceeded to shoot.

Experts say Officer Liang has no real claim to back up shooting Gurley other than that he could’ve just been frightened.

James A. Cohen, a law professor at Fordham University Law School and expert in criminal procedure, said, "What's he going to say? 'It was dark; I was scared.' That’s not going to hold up in front of a grand jury.”

Rev. Al Sharpton called for the indictment of Officer Liang since Gurley’s killing, making the comparison to this case with that of Staten Island's. Sharpton said he'd spoken to Brooklyn’s District Attorney, Kenneth Thompson, about the case.

“This is the tale of two cities,” Sharpton said. “He wanted to be fair to the policeman and to Akai Gurley, and this is what the grand jury decided.”

But still, others say Officer Liang shouldn’t be to blame because he does not have as much experience as others cops do.

“He was a rookie, and he’s not accustomed to this lifestyle,” said Kamala Crew, a resident of the building where Gurley was killed. “This is so sad. I know cops that did worse than this and got away scott free.”

“He was a good guy,” Margarita Robles said of Gurley, who was standing outside the building where he got killed. “Would I say this is justice? Yes.”

From the Web

More on Vibe

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Pop Smoke Dead At 20 After Home Invasion

On Wednesday morning (Feb. 19), it was reported that rising rapper Pop Smoke was fatally shot during a home invasion, TMZ reports. The incident occurred around 4:30 a.m. in Hollywood Hills, California.

Local law enforcement has launched a search for two male suspects who were seen fleeing the scene of the crime on foot. According to ABC Los Angeles, the residence where the murder occurred is located on the 2000 block of Hercules Drive. Pop Smoke was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Born Bashar Barakah Jackson, the 20-year-old was on the rise in the music world, breaking onto the scene with 2019's anthem "Welcome To The Party." The Brooklyn native received acclaim for his Meet The Woo project, having recently followed it up with Meet The Woo Vol. 2 mixtape, that debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200. The "Dior" rapper also announced a "Meet The Woo Tour" that was slated to kick-off on March 2, beginning the ascent of a fulfilling career.

This story will be updated as more information is made public.

Continue Reading

Young Thug Tweets Message For Dwyane Wade’s 12-Year-Old Trans Daughter

Dwyane Wade supporting his 12-year-old child’s gender transition is apparently sending a few ripples through the rap world. Young Thug took to Twitter on Tuesday (Feb. 18) with a message for 12-year-old Zaya, whom he referred to as Wade’s “son.”

“All I wanna say to dwade son is ‘GOD DON’T MAKE MISTAKES’ but hey live your true self,” he wrote. Many people online were quick to check Thugger for his comments and for misgendering the child. He eventually deleted the post and tweeted, “You’re gods [sic] best creation.”

“The London” rapper has been known to proudly sport gender-bending fashions, which includes wearing a dress on the cover of his album No My Name Is Jeffery, but he’s not alone in his comments about Zaya. Boosie Badazz recorded a viral Instagram rant about Zaya’s transition that was mostly met with backlash.

Zaya who was born Zion, came out as trans to Wade and his wife, Gabrielle Union. The NBA star and father of five opened up about the tween’s gender identity in an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week. “Me and my wife Gabrielle [Union] we are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community and proud allies as well,” said Wade.

“We take our roles and our responsibility as parents very seriously so when our child comes home with a question, an issue, or anything, it’s our jobs as parents to give them the best information that we can, the best feedback that we can. And that doesn’t change because sexuality is now involved.”

Continue Reading
Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival

‘Boyz N The Hood’ And ‘You Got Served’ Actress Esther Scott Dies At Age 66

Esther Scott, the actress who appeared in Boyz n the Hood, Beverly Hills 90210, Full House, You Got Served and more, has passed away at age 66.

Scott died last Friday (Feb. 14), days after suffering an apparent heart attack. Her death was first reported on Tuesday (Feb. 18) by TMZ.

According to the site, Scott was found unconscious in her Santa Monica, Calif. home last Tuesday (Feb. 11) and remained hospitalized for several days before passing away on Valentine's Day surrounded by friends and family.

"She loved what she did. She would get stopped on the street often and people would recognize her -- but they didn't know her name," Scott's sister told the website. "Hopefully now people will remember her name, her work and the contributions she gave to the entertainment industry."

The Queens native began her career as a voice actress in the ‘80s series StarWars: Ewoks. Scott’s first credited feature film role was as grandmother to the character Tisha (played by Leonette Scott) in Boyz n the Hood.

Scott worked steadily throughout the ‘90s and ‘00s, following up her appearance in Boyz n the Hood with roles in Encino Man, Don Juan DeMarco, Illegal Blue, Species, The Craft, and Out to Sea.

Scott found success in both TV and film appearing as a judge in Austin Powers in Goldmember, a grandmother in You Got Served, as well as roles in Dreamgirls, Transformers, Gangster Squad, and The Birth of a Nation, The Steve Harvey Show, Party of Five, Ellen, Hart of Dixie, and Sister, Sister.

Continue Reading

Top Stories