Former NYPD Officer Peter Liang Gets Probation For Fatal Shooting

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Kazzy

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  1. Avatar trizzlor says:

    Why was this officer held responsible for his actions? Turns out he wasn’t. I’m curious if this changes things for Vikram in any way.

    As with many of these cases, what’s enraging is not the fact that an NYPD officer got lenience in this case, but that it would be unimaginable for any other member of society to get this kind of lenient treatment in the same circumstances. Moreover, it doesn’t seem like treating the police with kid gloves is reciprocated, given that Liang argued with his partner about whether to call for help and neither officer performed CPR because “Mr. Landau said he had received about two minutes of CPR training and never read the textbooks he was given” (I’m not making that up).Report

  2. Avatar Kazzy says:

    What stands out to me is that this case seems to simultaneously be one of the less egregious instances of an officer involved shooting, which means the result is simultaneously understandable and downright infuriating.

    On the one hand, it is hard to argue that Liang should be in prison for what seems like a genuine accident (albeit the result of a series of missteps by both him and those above/around him) while other cops who have done far worse and with seemingly far greater intention or negligence are walking the streets. On the other, holy shit, cops really need to stop killing people and refusing/failing to punish them is unlikely to help.

    In a way, I have *some* empathy for Liang as an individual while carrying intense disdain and railing against the machine that produced him and which he is very much a part of.Report

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