Ex-NYPD cop Peter Liang was convicted of manslaughter charges, for his role in the shooting that led to the death of 28-year-old Akai Gurley. The rookie cop fired his gun in a dimly lit Louis H. Pink Houses stairwell, which ended up ricocheting and killed the innocent man back in November of 2014. On Wednesday (Dec. 7), according to the New York Daily News, Liang’s lawyers announced they will drop the appeal of his April conviction.
Brooklyn DA and ex-NYPD officer Peter Liang drop respective appeals in shooting death of Akai Gurley in a NYC housing project stairwell.
— Daniel Leddy (@LegalHotShots) December 7, 2016
A judge later downgraded Liang’s conviction to criminally negligent homicide, sentencing Liang to five years probation and 800 hours of community service. Since the conviction, the city reached a $4 million settlement with Gurley’s family in August, $25,000 of which was paid by Liang himself.
Regarding his sentencing, the ex-NYPD officer stated, “I was in shock. I could barely breathe. The shot was accidental, but someone was dead. My life is forever changed. I hope I have a chance to rebuild it.”
Akai Gurley was shot dead by a police officer 2 years ago today in the stairwell of his East NY project building. pic.twitter.com/iZtyVYzYpf
— Michael Busch (@michaelkbusch) November 21, 2016
Liang completed his community service at a senior citizen center around Thanksgiving, and is currently looking for a new job.