Peter Liang's guilt is undeniable; we need to develop a system that 'disregards race in favor of guilt'

By: Jeff Raines

Peter Liang was sentenced to five years probation and 800 community service hours for newly-reduced charge of criminally negligent homicide for killing Akai Gurley, an African-American father, on Tuesday. Liang is the first New York cop in 10 years to be convicted and sentenced of an on-duty crime, despite recent concerns a mistrial would be declared.

As the son of a Chinese immigrant, I saw Liang as someone who could be a member of my family. I saw his conviction as hypocritical in the same legal system that has allowed many white cops avoid convictions for similar crimes.

But I am also a member of the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, one of the Movement for Black Lives organizations working to end police brutality and racial bias in the United States and this event set my racial identity and work on a crash course.

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