- Posted March 13, 2013 by
New York, New York
Second Night of Protests In Brooklyn After Police Shooting Of 16 Year Old.
“This is not just about the shooting and whether or not he had a gun. It is about putting a stop to stop and frisk, the civil rights violations,” he said.
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
A second night of protests were held in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York after undercover police shot and killed 16 year old Kimani Gray on Saturday night. On Monday night, a candlelight vigil ended in violence and looting along Church Avenue.
Last night's gatherings were coordinated using social media. The original vigil was cancelled due to weather but various community members made appearances at a gathering at Church Ave. and East 55th St. Councilman Jumanne Williams, Councilman Charles Barron and Gray family spokesperson Gilford Monrose spoke to the press regarding the controversial "stop and frisk" procedure employed by the New York Police Department as well as systemic problems with police and community relations in that area of New York. They site a history of alleged harassment and abuse from the NYPD and are calling for an end to the stop and frisk policy in that they feel it not only violates the civil rights of those who are stopped, but is racial in nature.
Councilman Barron stated that the protests and violence were a result from simmering animosity between the people who live in his district and the police department.
There was an undercurrent among the gathering, where many believe that Kimani Gray did not have a gun and that the weapon was planted by the NYPD. One source told me they are prepared to prove this and stated there is video of the shooting which has not been released as of Tuesday.
A separate group of protesters gathered several block west and were more vocal as they taunted the heavy police presence along Church Avenue. They organized and marched west along Church to Norstrand Avenue, roughly 25 blocks in a vocal but non-violent protest. Police in riot gear followed on the streets as the protesters marched along the sidewalk chanting, "NYPD-KKK-how many kids will you kill today?" At Norstrand they marched a few blocks south to Snyder Street where the 67th Precinct is located. The street was barricaded and there were police on horses in front of the police station in the distance.
One reliable sounding teenager told me he knew Kimani Gray socially and that "even if he had a gun he didn't have it in him to point it at the police." I asked the youth about the Youtube videos that I viewed that showed Gray slapping a young teenager and Gray's purported membership in a gang. The teen scoffed and called the Youtube video, "kid stuff," and went on to insist that in his circle of friends, Gray's behavior and activities are not seen as being a big deal and that everyone agrees that they were surprised to hear that Gray had a weapon. He emphasized that if that were true, everyone also agrees Gray wasn't, "stupid enough" to point it at the police.
The next vigil is schedule for this evening at 7:00 p.m. and sources have informed me that Kimani Gray's mother will speak. There has been an overall call for non violence from community members and protesters.