Akai Gurley was killed on Nov. 20, 2014 when a cop, patrolling a Brooklyn housing project with his partner, fired his gun once.
The officer is scheduled to be sentenced on April 14.
This Saturday, there was a protest in Brooklyn held by leaders of the Asian community on behalf of Officer Peter Liang. The Asian community is requesting leniency for the young officer in the tragic, accidental shooting death of Akai Gurley.
I understand people's instinct to stand by others in their community, but the anger and protests in support of Officer Peter Liang are misplaced. The only time I'd ever seen such a large rally of Asian Americans was in footage of my uncle Vincent Chin's case.
For many of our black peers, their everyday lived experiences confirm the pervasiveness of white supremacy. This, however, is an opportune time to dialogue with my Asian peers, many of whom actively distance themselves from discussions around race.
My parents and many of their friends attended these rallies or have spoken up in support of Liang. They have stayed silent and very far away from any Black Lives Matter protests, but they find the time to pay attention and show up when it is a member of their community.
Liang's conviction last night wasn't delivered by the district attorney. It was the product of thousands of New Yorkers clogging city streets. It was demanded at every march and vigil where his family, friends and supporters would lift his name.