Charles Barron: Ken Thompson betrayed the Black community

Assemblyman Charles Barron | 3/23/2016, 7:25 p.m.
Assemblyman Charles Barron shares his view on the Brooklyn DA's recommendation for house arrest for former NYPD Officer Peter Liang.
Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson

Who got to Brooklyn, District Attorney Ken Thompson? How can he legally justify not recommending one day in prison for NYPD Officer Peter Liang, who recklessly took the life of an innocent Akai Gurley, who was unarmed and not committing any crime? For DA Ken Thompson to only recommend five-years probation for an officer who recklessly took the life of Akai Gurley and negligently refused to help save his life, tells me even with a Black District Attorney, Black lives do not matter to this system.

This is why we need an independent prosecutor that is not apart of the system. This sends a signal across the nation, that police officers can kill black people with impunity without ever worrying about spending one day in prison.

This is why I continue to say; when peaceful means for justice is ignored, violence is inevitable! Don’t blame me the social-forecaster for predicting a social uprising when this system refuses to value black lives and send police officer to prison that abuse the use of deadly force. My condolences and support continues to go out to the family.

Join me at 12 noon on tomorrow, March 24 for a press conference / rally to express our outrage at D.A. Ken Thompson office.

Address: 350 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201” -Thursday, March 24, 2016-