The New York City Police Department officer who shot and killed unarmed Akai Gurley has filed a motion to overturn his manslaughter conviction because he was not given proper CPR training.
Peter Liang’s motion suggests that the primary, if not the only reason he was convicted of manslaughter, was for failure to provide CPR after fatally shooting Gurley, stating:
“At its core, the People’s case was premised on the notion that Peter Liang should have performed CPR on Mr. Gurley (even though it would have been useless)…At its core, the People’s case was premised on the notion that Peter Liang should have performed CPR on Mr. Gurley (even though it would have been useless).”
The motion appears to ignore the fact that the primary cause for the manslaughter conviction was likely not that he failed to provide CPR, but that he shot and killed unarmed Gurley as Gurley walked down the stairs with his girlfriend.
Additionally, far more damaging to notion that Liang had concern for Gurley’s life than failing to provide CPR, is that Liang called his union rep before radioing in the shooting or calling for an ambulance.
Liang was convicted of manslaughter and other charges by a jury of his peers earlier this year, and he is scheduled to be sentenced on April 14th.