For six and a half minutes after NYPD rookie Peter Liang, shot a completely innocent man in the chest, he was texting his union representative, and NOT calling for help.
New York, NY — Information received by the New York Daily News shows that Peter Liang and his partner could not be reached immediately after putting a bullet through Akai Gurley.
The Daily News reports that instead of calling for help for the dying man, Liang was texting his union representative. What’s more, the sources said, the pair of officers weren’t supposed to be patrolling the stairways of the Pink Houses that night.
In the critical moments after the Nov. 20 shooting, the cops’ commanding officer and an emergency operator — responding to a 911 call from a neighbor and knowing the duo was in the area — tried to reach them in vain, sources said.
On November 20, Liang and his partner, Shaun Landau, were descending from a dimly lit eighth-floor stairwell at the Pink Houses at 2724 Linden Blvd. about 11:15 p.m.
They were conducting a top-to-bottom patrol in the stairwell.
The 28-year-old victim, Akai Gurley, entered from the seventh floor with his girlfriend, startling the pair of rookies.
Liang then shot into Gurley’s chest. The couple ran for their lives, down the stairs, but Gurley only made it to fifth floor where he collapsed, lying in a pool of his own blood, for nearly 7 minutes before officers even called for help.
The Daily News reports that the officers didn’t even know what building they were in, according to their text messages. Also, according to their sources, the officers were not supposed to be in the stairwells at all.
Deputy Inspector Miguel Iglesias, then the head officer of the local housing command, ordered them not to carry out such patrols, known as verticals.
He opted instead for exterior policing in response to a spate of violence at the East New York housing project.
“They’ve done verticals before,” a police source said of the two officers.
“But Iglesias’ philosophy was, ‘I want a presence on the street, in the courtyards — and if they go into the buildings they were just supposed to check out the lobby.”
This breakdown of communication and overt incompetence illustrates the criminal negligence on behalf of the NYPD which led to the death of an innocent man. Yet still, it is not clear whether or not Liang will face a grand jury.
Imagine for a second here that the roles were reversed and it was Gurley and his girlfriend entering from the 8th floor with a 9mm in hand, while Liang was coming up from the seventh floor. All of the sudden, Gurley gets scared and fires off a round, killing Liang.
Would there be a debate about whether or not to charge Gurley with a crime, even if he said it was an accident?
What would have likely happened, if this scenario was reversed, is that Gurley and his girlfriend would have been both brought to jail, if not immediately shot and killed.
On the 9-o’clock news we’d hear about cop killer Akai Gurley and his evil girlfriend, and how they hate police and that’s why they killed Liang.
Gurley would be facing 2nd degree murder charges, at best and his girlfriend would be charged as an accessory.
A jury would convict them both and no one would bat an eye.
That, is the unfortunate reality of this situation and the applicable double standard received by those on the other side of the blue line. Does this seem like justice to you?