Angry Brooklyn residents took to the streets in East Flatbush for the third straight night in protest of the New York City Police Department’s Saturday slaying of 16-year-old Kimani (Kiki) Gray.
A peaceful vigil for the teenager quickly turned violent, and at least 18 demonstrators were arrested as they pitched bricks, threw bottles and tossed garbage on Wednesday night. Gray’s sister Mahnefeh was one of the people who were arrested.
The two police officers involved in the shooting allege that Gray had a .38 caliber revolver pointed at them when they opened fire. That claim has been refuted by many community members, and their skepticism only increased on Wednesday after it was revealed that three of the seven bullets that struck Gray hit him in the back. It was not clear in what order the shots were fired or if Gray had his back to the officers when they began discharging their weapons, according to The Daily News.
A woman who claimed to be Gray’s cousin told media members on Wednesday that the young man had been carrying a gun for a friend and was simply trying to alert the officers that he had a firearm when the shooting occurred. A loaded .38-caliber revolver was recovered at the scene.
Wednesday night’s melee began shortly after 8:30 p.m. when about 200 protesters began marching toward the 67th precinct stationhouse, many of them chanting, “NYPD, KKK, how many kids did you kill today?” Some protesters tried to climb on police motorcycles and were quickly pepper-sprayed, thrown to the ground and handcuffed.
Source: The Daily News