Tensions Mount After Police Fatally Shoot Brooklyn Teenager Kimani Gray

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A candlelit vigil for a Brooklyn teen killed by New York City police officers left two people injured and led to one arrest Monday night.

At approximately 7:00 pm, roughly 200 people gathered in East Flatbush for a somber vigil to remember Kimani Gray, a 16 year-old shot and killed by plainclothes police officers Saturday night after allegedly pointing a gun at them.

Following the memorial at E. 52nd St. and Tilden Ave., the site of Saturday's shooting, mourners began marching toward the 67th precinct but access to building was cut off by police.

Read More: Eyewitness "Certain" Kimani Gray Was Unarmed When Police Shot Him

Garbage cans were flipped over as the crowd moved through the streets and witnesses claimed the demonstrators threw objects at the police.

Approximately 60 individuals broke off from the march and entered a Rite Aid store on Church Avenue, where they pulled items from the shelves and tipped over a number of displays, NYPD Deputy Inspector Kim Royster said.

Royster said a customer in the store suffered a laceration to the head after being struck with a bottle. The man was transferred to Kings County Hospital Center where he was listed in stable condition. The manager of the store was also injured by the crowd but declined medical treatment. Royster said no money was taken from the store and the ordeal was captured on surveillance cameras.

An individual was arrested for disorderly conduct before the crowd moved into the store, Royster added.

City council member Jumaane Williams hurried to the scene as claims of a "riot" in Brooklyn spread over twitter.

Williams himself took to the social media site as he tried to calm the crowd.

"I'm in the middle of the riot action at Church and Snyder in my district. Right now, things are tense. Young people have expressed anger," Williams tweeted.

"Tonight was a peaceful vigil that devolved into a riot," he added. "The youth in this community have no outlets for their anger, no community center."

Gray's death has enraged many in the community and fueled competing versions of events.

According to the department, a pair of plainclothes officers in an unmarked car approached Gray and a number of other young men on a stoop at approximately 11:30 pm Saturday night.

A department press release claims Gray broke away from the group, adjusted his waistband and acted "in a suspicious manner." When the officers identified themselves and asked that he show his hands, police say the teen produced a gun and pointed it at them. According to the NYPD, the officers responded by firing 11 shots, hitting Gray "several times." He was transferred to Kings County Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead.

Police say they found a .38 caliber revolver near Gray's body, with two expensed rounds and four live rounds remaining.

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The officers--one a veteran of eight years, the other a veteran of five--were taken to New York Methodist Hospital for trauma and tinnitus. They have not been identified and have been placed on administrative duty while the shooting is investigated.

On Monday, a police source told the New York Daily News the department believes Gray was a Bloods gang member and referenced a pair of videos uploaded online. According to the Daily News, the first appears to show Gray smacking and taunting a 13 year-old rival Crips gang member. A second video purports to show the Crips' retaliation, with young men in blue taunting Gray inside a McDonalds.

The Voice discovered videos of two separate incidents that appear to match the paper's description. The first was hosted on the popular website World Star Hip Hop in October 2012 and was viewed nearly half a million times. In the video, a young man in a red-hooded sweatshirt slaps a young man in a blue hooded sweatshirt while the narrator says "shapow." The phrase appears to have created something of a minor internet meme, with multiple videos posted in response, including some which show young men in blue "retaliating against the same bloods that were in the first video" at a McDonalds. The Voice was unable to confirm if the young man in the red sweatshirt was Gray, though comments on the videos suggest so.

Family and friends have called the department's version of events into question and maintain the boy everyone knew as 'Kiki' was a good kid.

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latentprints
latentprints

@reallyrshackleford71 

I'm not a member of the NRA, but your vile is aimed at the wrong people. The NRA, if it had its way, argues that all people have a right to self-defense (see Illinois/Chicago CCW fight). The gangs that are running rampant in New York, LA, and Chicago were given rise from modern day liberal ideology that disarms law abiding people out of some false sense of 'public safety'. If everyday people could defend themselves the number of kids willing to battle against not only rival gang members but society as a whole would diminish. The true racist actions are coming from those who claim to be taking care of the black and hispanic communities. It is the largely metropolitan areas, dominated by Democrats that have taken the position that every people can't and shouldn't be trusted with the natural right of self-defense.

By the way, it might make sense for you to take some time to find out the origins of the NRA. It was started by conservative white pastors (Republican abolitionists) that were tired of the south's refusal to confront racists groups like the KKK. So they set about arming and training blacks on how to adequately use a firearm for self-defense. 

 Based on your deluge of comments, you are intellectually dishonest ...

MottHoople
MottHoople

All of this is from "RISE OF THE SHYSTER-THE DEATH OF AMERICAN FREEDOM" by legal sociologist Mel Daly and the good folks at people petitions power dot org. Support your local 3 P Org

MottHoople
MottHoople

Behold the upside down five pointed star of the NRA agenda... RACISM, IGNORANCE, PROFIT, PRIVILEGE, FASCISM... Suspended above it witness the writhing of the snake... Ladies and gentlemen hear the hissing of the serpent from their lips... lies, death, evil, world domination, fascism PAINTED ON THEIR FOREHEADS FOREVER


MottHoople
MottHoople

Here's how they operate in our state recently at a friends of NRA dinner held at Kozels in Columbia County New York one of our senators from Saratoga  was the guest of honor and was photographed for the local paper holding a military assault weapon. The caption said he "won the raffle" but the truth is it was gift but they cant legally give gifts so he "won the raffle" the implication is clear that by having accepted this bribe he will vote NRA. They've gone right back to their old ways and of course what they are pushing is a soviet style police state with themselves as party insiders complete with wealth and special privileges for themselves at the expense of everybody else's money, rights, and safety. They are so arrogant they actually put the picture of this criminal act in the paper. This is how they operate in our state how about yours? BTW many guests of honor at friends of n.r.a. dinners “win the raffle” its probably this way in your state too…

MottHoople
MottHoople

The complete inability of “gun rights” folks to negotiate about this issue reasonably, or honestly or for that matter even sanely about this plague on our nation clearly demonstrates that THE STATED REASONS ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES. The second amendment is being warped to the detriment of the general welfare beyond anything prudence or common sense should allow for reasons having nothing to do with “our rights” or “our safety”

Invisible hands are putting guns in peoples hands and keeping people shooting each other these same hands have systematically dismantled american freedom or have you not noticed the paramilitary goon squads roaming our streets charged not with our protection but with keeping the dockets full for their separation of powers violating business partners. With that comes 6 figure pensions, special privileges, certain illegal privileges,and of course institutional racism since tens of millions of minority and poor people have been permanently stripped of their rights to vote or own a legitimate sporting firearm.

MottHoople
MottHoople

“I call on congress today TO APPROPRIATE WHATEVER IS NECESSARY TO PUT ARMED POLICE IN EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL IN THIS NATION” “Before congress convenes and we engage in any lengthy debate over legislation, regulation, or anything else” 1:41 “We have 11,000 police training instructors in the NRA and we are ready, willing and uniquely qualified to help” “from armed security to building design and access control to information technology to student and teacher training this multifaceted program will be developed by the very best experts in the field” “Asa Hutchinson will lead the effort as national director of the national model school shield program” 3:06 “WITH A BUDGET PROVIDED BY THE NRA of whatever scope the task requires, his experience as United States attorney, director of the drug of drug enforcement agency, and undersecretary of the department of homeland security” “security is only available with properly trained armed good guys” ”under Asa’s leadership our team of security experts will make this program available to the world” 4:14 “We’ll make that program available to every single school in america FREE OF CHARGE” This is a blatant power grab. If this sounds a whole lot like what the nazi's and brownshirts were up to immediately before they stole control of germany it should. A better analogy is the soviets. These folks want to mimic the soviet system with themeselves as privileged party insiders complete with wealth and special privileges at the expense of their neighbors money, rights, and safety. NRA tried to bankrupt our national treasury without congress being in session.

community bankrupting 6 figure millionaire pensions, special illegal privileges to avoid fines, arrest and prosecution for spouses, children, and cronies via the PBA CARD SYSTEM , special BLANKET PRIVLEGES to wear concealed guns when OFF DUTY OR RETIRED FOR LIFE EVEN ON PRIVATE PROPERTY EVEN AGAINST THE PROPERTY OWNERS WISHES. The source of our collective national misery lies at the criminal nexus of NRA members in AFSCME, PBA, and the separation of powers violating bar associations.

 

MottHoople
MottHoople

community bankrupting 6 figure millionaire pensions, special illegal privileges to avoid fines, arrest and prosecution for spouses, children, and cronies via the PBA CARD SYSTEM , special BLANKET PRIVLEGES to wear concealed guns when OFF DUTY OR RETIRED FOR LIFE EVEN ON PRIVATE PROPERTY EVEN AGAINST THE PROPERTY OWNERS WISHES. The source of our collective national misery lies at the criminal nexus of NRA members in AFSCME, PBA, and the separation of powers violating bar associations.


MottHoople
MottHoople

An Open Notice to all members of AFSCME, PBA, FOP, all similar organizations and the Masonic lodges. The NRA is wielding criminally excessive influence at the nexus of it, our public employee unions, and their separation of powers violating legal business partners in our government. If you are a private citizen you may do what you like but if you are on the public pay or pension YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE ANONYMOUS. Period. We who pay you however have every right to conclude that given the totality of the circumstance too many people are dying in random places and random times all over america. Our children are dying. Non gun owners have to live in fear. THERE IS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER. Your membership in this organization represents a clear conflict of interest with PUBLIC SAFETY, and the interests of the citizens of the united states of america whether they can vote or not. Public employees cannot claim to be acting in the interests of the people while engineering conditions that make the public UNSAFE, keeping the public in fear, while generating too lucrative community indebting financial renumeration and illegal special privileges like PBA cards. THE PUBLIC DEMANDS THAT ALL MEMBERS OF PUBLIC UNIONS the AFSCME, PBA, FOP, and similar organizations make known and renounce their membership or face termination and loss of pension. THE PUBLIC ALSO DEMANDS THAT ALL MEMBERS OF THE BAR ASSOCIATIONS THAT DO BUSINESS WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE VIA THE COURTS OR PRIVATELY CONFESS AND RENOUNCE THEIR MEMBERSHIP IN NRA NOW.

MottHoople
MottHoople

These cowards in AFSCME, PBA, and the BAR ASSOCIATIONS despite being on public pay or pension claim they have the right to "freedom of association" vis a vis membership in NRA. In essence to keep their memberships secret. These same people denied and continue to deny this freedom of association for persons not on public pay or pension like those seeking civil rights for minorities, and gays, those seeking reform of drug laws, frankly even people who just belong to any political party other than the established two. What they are pushing is a 1950s cold war bigoted version of america that mimics the soviet system but replaces soviet party insiders with themselves. NRA IS NOT A SOCIAL CLUB. NRA ACTIVELY WRITES LAWS AND TAMPERS WITH ELECTIONS


MottHoople
MottHoople

The NRA is wielding criminally excessive influence at the nexus of it, our public employee unions, and their separation of powers violating legal business partners in our government. If you are a private citizen you may do what you like but if you are on the public pay or pension YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE ANONYMOUS. Period. We who pay you however have every right to conclude that given the totality of the circumstance too many people are dying in random places and random times all over america. Our children are dying. Why should handgun owners be allowed to hold everyone else hostage! THERE IS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER. Your membership in this organization represents a clear conflict of interest with PUBLIC SAFETY, and the interests of the citizens of the united states of america whether they can vote or not. Public employees cannot claim to be acting in the interests of the people while engineering conditions that make the public UNSAFE, keeping the public in fear, generating community bankrupting 6 figure millionaire pensions, blanket privilege to wear firearms when off duty or retired for life even on private property against the owners wishes, and illegal special privileges like PBA cards that convey ability to avoid fines, arrest, and prosecution on spouses, children, and cronies that other citizens do not have. NRA members in these organizations actively operate the machinery of institutional racism by pushing for laws that have permanently stripped the right to vote or own a legitimate sporting firearm from tens of millions of minority and poor americans. NRA MEMBERS IN GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS, AND THE BAR ASSOCIATIONS ARE THE MERCHANTS OF DEATH behind the 12000 or so people murdered a year with guns and the many thousands more wounded INCLUDING CHILDREN they profit directly with too lucrative financial renumeration, special privileges, and institutional racism. THE PUBLIC DEMANDS THAT ALL MEMBERS OF PUBLIC UNIONS the AFSCME, PBA, FOP, renounce their membership or face termination and loss of pension. THE PUBLIC ALSO DEMANDS THAT ALL MEMBERS OF THE BAR ASSOCIATIONS THAT DO BUSINESS WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE VIA THE COURTS OR PRIVATELY CONFESS AND RENOUNCE THEIR MEMBERSHIP IN NRA NOW. Our problem isn’t hunters or hunting guns its clearly, obviously, statistically the handgun. NRA members may now resort to doublespeak, lies, concocting “facts” that are antipodal from how the statistics actually read, the usual deliberate misdirections away from the root cause, and whispering in dark corners in an effort to hype white fears about race war, minority crime, white supremacy, and of course if all else fails insults and threats…

 

MottHoople
MottHoople

l give it to you right here and in order 1.RACISM NRA is a rascist org pushing an agenda that disproportionately strips the right to vote or own a gun from minorities and the poor. Almost every state that was in the confederacy during the civil has laws on the books and 11 states overall that permanently strip these two major underpinnings of citizenship from persons convicted of any felony. The word felony was reinterpreted about the same time (the reagan years) as the court concluded that "well regulated militia" actually meant "individual private ownership" to include posession of contraband which vastly expanded the scope of police and legal powers as well as their business. 2. IGNORANCE the NRA deliberately spreads lies, hypes racist fears, concocts statements they claim are facts but are in fact completely opposite of what the statistics say, and in general MISDIRECTS attention away from the root causes through a variety of methods. The conspiracy that they are creating actually extends to such things as governmental compilation of statistics and reporting or occulting of news via the media. Keeping the public ignorant about how band the problem and deliberately engaging in social programming and propaganda to convince us that its yankee doodle american for us to live in fear of being shot when we go to public places.3. PROFIT NRA AND ITS MEMBERS IN GOVERNMENT AND OUR EMPLOYEE UNIONS AND BAR ASSOCIATIONS are the DEATH MERCHANTS who profit directly from this clear and present danger and the warping of the second amendment to the detriment of the general welfare. Feloniously disproportionate community bankrupting pensions result.4. PRIVILEGE Special privileges result like PBA cards that confer illegal special immunity to avoid prosecution or fines on spouses, children, cronies. The right for off duty and retired public employees to wear their guns concealed anywhere they want FOR LIFE! 5.FASCISM They suffer from a cold war mentality they are actually seeking to create a bigoted 1950s soviet style white dominated totalitarian police state with special privileges and luxuries for themselves at the expense of their neighbors finances, freedom, and safety. GOT IT THATS RACISM, IGNORANCE, PROFIT, PRIVILEGE, FASCISM.

bps04a
bps04a

Ok to recap: King was interviewed by police, later changed her story once the media showed up. Sharon Smith claims to have seen "Everything" but her account is second-hand, via her daughter. People claim the victim said "don't shoot" but none of these witnesses will go on record.

These are the facts as they have been reported.

Jack
Jack

I have no love for cops but give me a fucking break. This little thug points a gun at two armed men then gets rightfully shot for it and liberals are crying foul and the little asshole that pulled a gun is an innocent victim and the cops are the bad guys? What a fucking twisted sense of justice people have in this county, no doubt created by liberal bullshit. 

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