Joint Statement on Peter Liang Sentencing

April 22, 2016

Official Joint Statement from Asian/Chinese American Organizations on the Sentencing of Former NYPD Officer Peter Liang in the Killing of Akai Gurley

Asian Americans United, Philadelphia
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, New York City
Chinatown Community for Equitable Development (CCED), Los Angeles
Chinese Progressive Association, San Francisco
Chinese Progressive Association, Boston

We are outraged that Peter Liang has escaped accountability for killing Akai Gurley. For more than a year, Akai Gurley’s family has been courageously speaking out to demand justice for their loved one. Judge Chun’s sentencing decision today is an insult to Akai Gurley, his family, and all victims of police violence. Any amount of jail/prison time is a brief snippet of time compared to the lifetime Akai Gurley’s young daughters will have to live without their father. The sentencing sends the message that it is okay to kill innocent and precious lives, as long as it is done by a police officer.

Akai Gurley was only 28-years old when he was struck and killed by the bullet fired by Peter Liang who failed to provide necessary medical help or call the ambulance. Akai’s aunt, Hertencia Petersen, remembers Akai as a good son and nephew, who joked and smiled a lot. He provided for his younger brothers and sisters and took care of Akaila and Kamiya, his daughters. Since the killing of Akai, his family has been suffering and mourning for their loss, as well as standing strongly together with the community to demand justice.


While the Chinese media and some Chinese leaders stood behind former Officer Peter Liang, as grassroots organizations working with Asian/Chinese Americans, we continue to stand with the family of Akai Gurley and other innocent victims of police killings to hold all police officers accountable, regardless of race. We continue to affirm that if we believe in true racial justice, we cannot excuse an officer for killing an innocent unarmed black man because Peter Liang is Chinese or Asian like us. We know that the strength of our power is fully realized when we stand together with those who also face injustice. We cannot forget when other communities of color stood with us against the police killing of Yong Xin Huang in 1995 and other incidents of police brutality and countless critical moments our communities were also hurt. We have a responsibility to protect our prosperity by protecting ALL families and that means also the family of Akai Gurley who has lost their loved one forever.


We can tip the scales to fit our needs, but it doesn’t mean we’ve reached justice. Our hunger for true justice, for a world where we all have a chance to thrive and grow old must be realized. We showed everyone and ourselves the political power we are capable of. We must challenge the abuse of power where it is most evident - where families are losing loved ones with no accountability of the officers who kill them. Nothing will bring Akai back, but we must hold all police officers accountable to continue to fight for violence-free communities and win change in our systems and institutions.


亞裔反暴力聯盟(紐約市 )
華埠公平發展會(洛杉磯 )
華人進步會(三藩市 )

我們對於梁彼得殺死格里後開脫應有的責任感到憤怒。格里的家人在過去一年一直勇敢為親人發聲,爭取正義。法官Danny Chun今天的判刑對格里,他的家人和所有警察暴力的受害者都是一種侮辱。格里一雙年幼女兒終其一生過著沒有父親陪伴的日子,對她們來說任何牢獄監禁判决都是微不足道。而當今的這個判刑意味著只要是警察,就可以輕易的殺害無辜的寶貴生命。

當梁彼得發射子彈殺害格里,又沒有提供必須的醫療救助或召喚救護車時,格里只有二十八歲。格里的阿姨(Hertencia Petersen),憶起格里時總想到他是一個好兒子和好外甥,很有幽默感又時常面帶笑容。格里供養他的弟妹成人,也盡責照顧他的兩個小女兒Akaila和Kamiya。自從格里無辜被殺後,他的家人在極為痛苦地哀悼格里的逝世的同時,也堅強地與社區成員一起爭取正義。

雖然中文媒體和一些華人領袖支持梁彼得警員,但作為代表亞裔/華裔美國人的草根機構,我們會繼續與格里及其他被警察殺害的無辜受害者站在同一陣線,嚴厲要求所有警察,不論種族,都要為自己的行為負責 。我們堅信如果想得到真正的種族正義,絕不能開脫任何一個殺死無辜又手無寸鐵的黑人的警員,即使他和我們一樣是華裔。惟有與同樣面對不公義的人並肩同行,我們的強大力量才得以體現。我們不能遺忘其他數之不盡的警察暴力事件, 例如在1995年黃永新被警察無辜殺害的事件。 當我們華人社區受到傷害時,其他有色人種社區堅決與我們站在一起爭取正義。如想保障華人社區的繁榮發展,我們有責任保護所有的家庭,包括格里的家庭。

我們可以斷章取義來配合我們的需要,但這並不代表我們真正得到了正義。我們必須達到對真正公義的追求,發展一個大家都有機會一展所長和安居樂業的世界。在這次事件裡,我們華人社區向其他人和自己都展現了我們所擁有的政治力量。我們必須用我們的政治力量挑戰其他人濫用權力最顯著的地方, 例如保護和確保無辜被警員奪走至親的家庭能得到正義,而不是眼睜睜的看著殺害無辜的警員逃脫責任。沒有任何事可以讓格里能回到他的家人身邊,但我們可以為他和他的家人爭取他們應有的正義。 我們必須確保每一個警員不會濫用暴力和魯莽行動,同時繼續爭取沒有暴力的社區,改善我們的系統和機構。


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