Chinese Americans in Boise and more than 40 other U.S. cities will take to the streets today in what is being called a "coalition of justice" for Peter Liang, the ex-New York City Police Department officer convicted of second degree manslaughter in connection with the 2014 shooting death of an unarmed man in an NYC housing project. The New York Post reported a bullet from Liang's gun "ricocheted off a cinder-block wall in a housing project stairwell and fatally struck an unarmed, innocent black man, 28-year-old Akai Gurley, in the chest." Liang is the first NYPD officer in a decade to be convicted in a fatal shooting.
In a post titled "Speak Up Today, Fairness Tomorrow" on its website, the Idaho Chinese Organization invites the public to "join the nationwide rally for fairness and justice" in a march which begins at 1:20 p.m. today at the Idaho Black History Museum (508 Julia Davis Dr.) and ends at the Capitol Building. This is the organization's "first foray to be heard as a community in the public arena," and ICO officials expect 100-150 Idahoans to participate in today's demonstration.
The Village Voice reported Liang's conviction "hasn't sat well with Chinese New Yorkers, many of whom saw in Liang's indictment a disturbing double standard."
"A lot of our people think this is very unfair," Eddie Chiu, senior director of the New York-based Lin Sing Association told The Village Voice. "Why only charge Peter Liang? Because he's Chinese?"