Friday, February 27, 2015

Our Only Interest : JUSTICE for Officer Peter Liang

Indictment Against Peter Liang Politically Motivated?
Some made the above charge.  80-20 is not ready to believe it yet.  However, 80-20 must be ready to act, when called for.  In the event that politics is interfering against justice, 80-20 shall play a counter-balancing role.

 So we looked into politics in Brooklyn and the track record of District Attorney (DA) Kenneth Thompson.

                  The Demographics of Brooklyn       

The demographics, shown in the table below, project a rapidly rising political role for Asian Ams in Brooklyn elections.

Racial composition
 49.5% 46.9% 92.2%98.3%
-Non-Hispanic 35.8% 40.1% n/an/a
 35.8% 37.9%  7.6%1.6%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race)
 19.8% 20.1%  n/an/a
 11.3%  4.8%0.1%

From 1990 to 2010, the population of non-Hispanic Whites, blacks and Hispanics  all decreased.  In contrast, that of Asian increased by 135%, or approximately 5% per year.  

By Spring of 2017, when the next Democratic primary for Brooklyn DA will occur, the Asian population will be about 16%.  A primary in which one constituent has an emotional grudge is where a PAC like 80-20 can play a pivotal role.

            The Track Record of DA Ken Thompson

DA Thompson was elected in 2013 after a very bitter election against a 6-term  former  Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes. Thompson was sworn in as DA on 1/1/2014.  He seems to be doing a respectable job.  Being a public servant in a city like Brooklyn is not easy.  80-20 wishes him luck.  


However, in 1.2 years, DA Thompson has generated much negative publicity.  
See some Newspaper headlines about him below:

DA's detective driver is former drug dealer | New York Post - Oct 29, 2014, and Brooklyn DA treats detectives like personal errand boys - only 4 days ago. One quote in the above article says, ""He's a psychopath," the source said. "There is no DA I know of in the state who has his own ­advance team."

    Shopping for a DA Candidate for the 2017 Election?

No, no, no!  80-20 will focus its effort on fact finding* to advance justice.  Politics should never interfere with justice.  

Let the word go forth that if 80-20 must use politics to counter-balance politically           motivated scapegoating against Officer Peter Liang of NYPD, we will!

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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?