80-20 has received many emails from Asian Ams pleading for us to look into this matter.
After a Board meeting, 80-20 Initiative takes the following positions:
1) It shall not let Officer Peter Liang be the victim of political scapegoating, if indeed we conclude this is the case, after our thorough fact-finding.
2) It advises Asian Ams. not to join or participate in petitions and movements that only expose our community's political ignorance/immaturity which makes us even weaker. Take the recent White House petitions as examples. The initiators and signers are great people who yearned for justice. 80-20 thanks them and shares their goal. However, those petitions ignore the legal environment in the USA. Keep in mind that the President of the U.S. has no legal authority over an indictment in Brooklyn. Nor is Pres. Obama likely to make a statement on an ongoing legal case. In America, we need to practice politics the American way.
Remember the Jimmy Kimmel "kill every Chinese" episode? 80-20 got the first and ONLY written apology from ABC soon after the event. Weeks after a White House petition, which asked Pres. Obama to interfere, had reached 100,000 signers, and long after the matter has been satisfactorily resolved,there was a White House statement on this matter. Does anyone remember what was said? (Please note that this was not a reflection on the White House, but a reflection on the silliness of that petition. President Obama is not the equivalent of a Chinese Emperor. He has no authority over ABC, a private enterprise.)
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"
- George Santayana.
However, if there were a petition to 80-20 to help Office Liang and it quickly gathers 100,000 signatures, it would be much more effective. Why? Because 80-20 would be greatly empowered by the apparent yearning for its leadership, thereby enabling it to do even more.
3) 80-20 will strive to create a win-win situation to ensure justice for Officer Liang. This part of 80-20's effort requires tactical maneuver in the future. Hence, we'll only summarize the essence. The indictment of Officer Liang could be partially politically motivated. Hence 80-20 will act with politics in mind as well, while stressing fact finding. Our aim is to create a win-win situation for District Attorney Thompson of Brooklyn, the African American community, and Officer Peter Liang, while upholding justice!
4) 80-20 will be doing much fact findings and fact checking in matters* shown below my name . I encourage all to volunteer your effort to help.
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* Facts that 80-20 is very interested in verifying:
i) Were Liang and his partner explicitly ordered not to do vertical patrolling in that building by their boss?
ii) Had Liang admitted that his finger was on the trigger? Or, did he state that his finger was along the gun barrel but slipped when his right shoulder hit a door?
iii) Is there any physical evidence that the bullet hit the wall and ricocheted? Has the physical evidence been protected and/or photographed?
iv) Did Liang and his partner call the Police Union first and 4 minutes later call 911?
v) Some articles describe the stairwell as being "pitch black." Is it true? The jury could easily be convinced that Officer Liang would feel threatened in this dangerous public housing project area where the stairwell is pitch black. Would it then have been reasonable for him to keep the finger on the trigger?
vi) What other police shooting or assault cases has the Brooklyn DA prosecuted recently?
vII) What role did Liang's partner play in this incident? Is he under investigation or being disciplined?