Rallies held for families of Peter Liang and Akai Gurley day after guilty verdict

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LOWER MANHATTAN -- Just 24 hours after the conviction of former NYPD officer Peter Liang, there are mixed reactions to the verdict.

Late Friday, police brutality protesters gathered outside NYPD headquarters in Lower Manhattan, “yesterday’s conviction was certainly a victory and we’re here to affirm that victory and put the NYPD on notice that we’re not going to rest,” Ben Becker said.

Just a short time earlier in Brooklyn, a crowd rallied around the family of Peter Liang.

“Peter Liang was not the one who caused what happened to Akai Gurley, it was the lawlessness that existed in the Pink Houses,” said Assemblyman William Colton. “Peter Liang did not cause the drug dealers who were in those stairways, who were allowed to be in there for years, he didn’t cause that.”

Ed Mullins, President of the Sergeants Benevolent Association said on PIX 11 News Closeup, Liang’s manslaughter conviction will send a message to the city’s officers.

“My concern is that it will have a spill over to the public where we will end up with a reactive police department rather than a proactive police department.”