Thousands rally in US over officer's conviction
Feb 21, NY: More than 10,000 supporters of a former police officer convicted of fatally shooting an unarmed man in a darkened stairwell rallied in
New York in one of several demonstrations held across the country Saturday to protest his conviction.
Peter Liang, who has said the shooting was an accident, was convicted of manslaughter this month in the death of Akai Gurley, who was fatally shot in 2014 inside a New York City public housing building, media reports said.
Many of Liang's supporters said that he was being scapegoated because of anger over other police shootings in New York and across the country and that he has been treated unfairly because he is Asian-American.
The protest in Brooklyn was one of more than 30 held around the U.S., organizers said. About 2,000 people marched in Philadelphia, and hundreds gathered at smaller rallies from Phoenix to Ann Arbor, Michigan. The events were organized by the "Coalition of Justice for Liang," a national group formed to support the officer.
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