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注：Denise Gitsham，中文名字：吉晓玉，母亲是来自台湾的移民。Denise Gitsham （中文名字吉曉玉），母親是台灣人，父親是在美國空軍服役二十年的加拿大移民。吉曉玉出生在加州，畢業於Georgetown大學法學院，之後在美國司法部工作，曾經是小布什選舉團隊的一員。2015年11月5，她宣佈競選第52區國會議員。
吉晓玉能讲流利的中文，弹得一手很好的古典钢琴，也是一个热爱跑步和运动的三项全能选手。她热心社区公益活动，是加州十六个创新中心之一的创始人，也是圣地亚哥市区一个科技组织：创新者联盟（Innovators’ Collaborative）的创始人之一，是圣地亚哥乡村俱乐部的临时成员，同时还是Scripps Mercy医院基金委员会委员。
My response to NYPD Officer Peter Liang's conviction:
Officer Peter Liang’s indictment is a grave miscarriage of justice, anchored by the loss of an innocent man, Akai Gurley, whose death has devastated a family, community and our nation. While we can do and say nothing to bring Mr. Gurley back, we can and must do all that we can to prevent the further compounding of tragedies, by protesting Officer Liang’s conviction.
The facts of this case indicate that this shooting was a ...tragic accident. Officer Liang’s bullet discharged into a wall, and ricocheted into Mr. Gurley, who was merely walking in a dark stairwell. No altercation occurred between the two, Mr. Gurley was not armed, and Officer Liang didn't aim the gun he accidentally set off. In fact, he didn’t even know that Mr. Gurley had been shot until later. These facts never indicated that Liang knew or should have known that his actions would result in the death of an unarmed, innocent man.
Unfortunately, this tragedy occurred in a political environment where tensions between police officers and communities of color are at an all time high. Officer convictions are still extremely rare – and, perhaps, rarer than they should be. Liang’s case can only be viewed in this highly politicized context, as he has become the scapegoat for a flawed criminal justice system.
This case has set off a flurry of activism on both sides, as outlined in the NY Times article below. We, as a society, have a great deal of work to do to ensure that our criminal justice system treats everyone, regardless of their skin color, race, or ethnicity, with dignity and respect. Pinning the weight of past inequalities on one rookie Asian officer, however, is not the path to justice. Revenge, yes. Justice, no.
Until we get this equation right, there will never be true justice; only actions and reactions that move us further from resolution. I stand with the tens of thousands of protestors across our nation who urge the New York criminal justice system to seek real reform, rather use Officer Liang as a temporary, mollifying scapegoat.