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Fault Lines Links – No Jail Time For Peter Liang For The Killing Of Akai Gurley

Apr. 20, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Morning folks, here’s what you need to know:

  • Former NYPD officer Peter Liang will not face jail time for the killing of unarmed Akai Gurley in a stairwell in Brooklyn in November 2014. He was instead sentenced to 800 hours of community service. Liang had been patrolling a housing project with a flashlight and gun in hand, with his finger on the trigger, when he says it went off.
  • A Baltimore judge will hear a motion to compel Officer Garrett Miller to testify against Officer Edward Nero, whose trial in the death of Freddie Gray is scheduled to begin May 10.
  • Lamontez Jones’ mother filed a wrongful death suit against San Diego and Officers Scott Thompson and Gregory Lindstrom over the killing of her son in October. Jones was shot multiple times by the officer after he pointed a replica gun at them. The DA had previously found the shooting justified.
  • A retrial in the Chicago police shooting of Darius Pinex may go ahead as a settlement has not yet been agreed. The retrial of the 2011  shooting was granted after a judge found that the city’s attorney intentionally concealed evidence in the case. Officers Gildardo Sierra and Raoul Mosqueda shot dead Darius Pinex and injured Matthew Colyer at a traffic stop, claiming they mistook the victim’s car for a vehicle description transmitted over police radio. According to court records, the city’s attorney, Jordan Marsh, deliberately concealed his knowledge that the officers couldn’t have heard the dispatch as it was emitted over a different frequency. Marsh has since resigned.
  • The LA Police Commission found that the shooting of Walter DeLeon by Officer Carlos Palacios was justified. Palacios claimed that he believed that a towel wrapped around DeLeon’s arm disguised a gun. DeLeon lost a third of his skull as a result of the shooting.
  • A jury cleared Minneapolis cop Michael Griffin of most charges in his excessive force case. Griffin is accused of assaulting several people while off-duty and identifying himself as an officer and then attempting to cover it up.

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