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Akai Gurley Jury Shows Frustration In Possible House Arrest For Peter Liang

“What did we do this for?” a juror questioned after learning about Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson’s house arrest recommendation for Peter Liang, the cop who killed Gurley. 

The jury in the case for ex-cop Peter Liang was shocked to hear Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson’s recommendations that included no jail time in the guilty verdict for the death of Akai Gurley.

According to the New York Daily News, the 12-person jury learned of Thompson's recommendation Friday which includes 500 hours of community service, five years probation and home confinement for six months. From personal experiences to abiding the laws of the court, jurors were surprised to discover the suggestions could be a reality. “What was the point of prosecuting him?” questioned an anonymous 62-year-old juror. "What did we do this for? I agree he doesn't deserve tremendous time, but if something is wrong, you shouldn't get a slap on the wrist."

Liang, 28, was found guilty of manslaughter for the shooting death of Gurley in February. The rookie officer fired his gun in a dimly lit public housing building staircase in November 2014, which ricocheted off the wall, striking Gurley in the chest. During the trial, jurors learned Liang did little to nothing to assist Gurley or his girlfriend who performed CPR on him with the help of a neighbor who called 911.

“You cannot put away the average person's thoughts here just because they are police officers,” the juror continued. “They deserve to be prosecuted and sentenced just like everyone else who has the same background or committed the same crime.”

Gurley's family has since expressed outrage over the recommendation, calling it a "modern-day lynching."

However, not everyone seemed to be distraught over the news. Carlton Screen, the lone African-American juror on the panel isn't slamming Thompson for his decision. “He is doing his job and I can't question him,” Screen, 69, said. “That’s how he felt and he is doing what he needs to do as a man in the position, the district attorney.”

Liang is facing up to 15 years in prison. His sentencing will take place on April 14.

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For Saturday's (Sept. 14) Hip Hop and Politics panel hosted by Jeff Johnson, T.I. asked the conservative commentator to explain Donald Trump's campaign slogan. "When you say Make America Great Again, which period are we talking about?" Tip questioned. "[Is it] the period when women couldn't vote? The period when we were hanging from trees? The crack era? Which period in America are you trying to make great again."

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"I would like to announce that I am officially apart of the @rocnation fam," she said Friday (Sept. 13) with a photo of her and Mr. Carter. "The grind don’t stop!" The rapper has had quite the summer thanks to the release of her recent project, Fever along with monster singles "Hot Girl Summer" with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign as well as "Cash Shit" with DaBaby.

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