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NYPD Conviction Shows Growing Influence Of Black Lives Matter

GUEST: Melina Abdullah, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pan-African Studies at Cal State LA and an organizer with Black Lives Matter-LA.

New York police officer Peter Liang was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man named Akai Gurley. The conviction, which happened on Thursday, is extremely rare, despite the high numbers of police shootings of unarmed people around the country. Officer Liang faces a 5-15 year sentence.

In Southern California, the Los Angeles Police Commission ruled on two police shooting in early February. The group ruled the death of a man named Charly Keunang on Skid Row as justifiable while faulting police for the killing of another man named Sergio Navas in Burbank.

Activists with Black Lives Matter have regularly attended public meetings of the LA Police Commission, staging protests and facing arrests.