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Brooklyn Teen Kimani Gray Killed Last Month; Parents to File Wrongful Death Suit Against NYPD

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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After Kimani Gray, 16, was shot by NYPD officers in Brooklyn on March 9, his parents claim he lay dying on the ground for 15 minutes before he received any medical attention.

Kimani’s parents, Carol and Geraud Gray, as well as his sister, 19-year-old Mahnefah, are expected to file a notice of claim Wednesday in their wrongful death suit against police.

Kenneth Montgomery, an attorney for the family, claims the NYPD left the boy to die.

“We have a videotape that shows all these police personnel who pretty much militarized the block,” he said. “And this young man is on the pavement, perceived not to be getting any medical attention for up to 15 minutes.”

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On a Saturday night in his East Flatbush neighborhood, Kimani was stopped by two plainclothes officers who claimed he was acting suspicious. The officers allege the 16-year-old pulled a loaded .38-caliber revolver on them. Then police fired 11 shots. Gray was hit seven times in total, three times in the back.

Four days of protests ensued in Brooklyn over police brutality. Dozens were arrested, including his sister.

Both officers, Sgt. Mourad Mourad and Officer Jovaniel Cordova, had been named in five former federal lawsuits, which cost the city $215,000 in settlements, the Daily reported.

According to a spokesman at the Brooklyn district attorney’s office, the shooting is still under investigation.

Kimani’s family had 90 days to file a claim after the incident, and the process was allegedly drawn out because his parents are estranged and neither is a U.S. citizen. His sister was thus added as an administrator.

If the claim is not settled within a year, the family can then file a lawsuit.

Sources: Metro, NY Daily News