Supporters of convicted police officer Peter Liang, who shot and killed a man while patrolling a stairwell in a Brooklyn housing complex, say he was a “pawn” and a “scapegoat” who got caught up in the politics of City Hall’s anti-police sentiment.
Liang, 28, who was found guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of Akai Gurley, would have been “foolish” not to have his gun out when he shot and killed a man while patrolling the dark, dangerous staircase, Liang’s backers said.
“There were some errors but they don’t warrant a conviction,” said Lou Telano, president of the New York Veteran Police Association.
“People wait in dark stairwells to commit crimes. You have to be ready. You’d be foolish not to have your hand on your gun.”
Telano was in Chinatown Tuesday to help raise money for the Chinese ex officer’s defense fund. Supporters unhappy with the verdict have been making donations at the Lin Sing Association on Mott Street in Chinatown to help pay for Liang’s appeal.
“I think Peter Liang got caught in politics,” Telano said. ”There is an anti-police sentiment created by the current administration and special interest groups. He’s a pawn. He’s a scapegoat.”