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USA: Brooklyn hit by unrest after deadly police shooting of teen00:51

USA: Brooklyn hit by unrest after deadly police shooting of teen

United States, New York City
March 15, 2013 at 12:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

USA: Brooklyn hit by unrest after deadly police shooting of teen

Demonstrations have continued for three consecutive days in Brooklyn, New York, in the wake of the shooting death by police officers of a 16-year-old boy, Kimani Gray, on March 9.

People gathered on Monday in the East Flatbush neighbourhood of Brooklyn, New York, the site where the teen was shot dead by two plainclothes police officers. According to the police officers reporting on the fatal shooting, Gray was armed with a 38-caliber revolver, which, was collected at the crime scene. However one eyewitness, Tishana Kings, told the local newspaper New York Daily News that she is "certain [Gray] didn't have anything in his hands" when Kinami Gray was shot.

The demonstration on Wednesday evening gathered at an ad-hoc memorial for at the place he was shot on Church Avenue and 55th Street. Some 300 people arrived during the first hour. Later that evening, police reported confrontations with the crowd and made at least 45 arrests.

The crowd marched with cries yelling out "No Racist Police", many said Kimani's death was just another example of the NYPD's racial profiling tactics. Statistics recently released regarding the type of people police stop and frisk in New York has raised issues regarding racial profiling.

The stop and frisk policy entitles officers to randomly stop, question and then frisk civilians in public, however in 2011 to 2012 about 87% of those stopped by police were African American and Latinos, who make up 53% of the city's entire population.

Many have cited the shootings of unarmed civilians like Shantel Davis, Noel Polanco, and Ramarley Graham as just a few examples of recent police involved shootings with Kimani Gray's death marking the tenth incident this year.

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USA: Brooklyn hit by unrest after deadly police shooting of teen

Demonstrations have continued for three consecutive days in Brooklyn, New York, in the wake of the shooting death by police officers of a 16-year-old boy, Kimani Gray, on March 9.

People gathered on Monday in the East Flatbush neighbourhood of Brooklyn, New York, the site where the teen was shot dead by two plainclothes police officers. According to the police officers reporting on the fatal shooting, Gray was armed with a 38-caliber revolver, which, was collected at the crime scene. However one eyewitness, Tishana Kings, told the local newspaper New York Daily News that she is "certain [Gray] didn't have anything in his hands" when Kinami Gray was shot.

The demonstration on Wednesday evening gathered at an ad-hoc memorial for at the place he was shot on Church Avenue and 55th Street. Some 300 people arrived during the first hour. Later that evening, police reported confrontations with the crowd and made at least 45 arrests.

The crowd marched with cries yelling out "No Racist Police", many said Kimani's death was just another example of the NYPD's racial profiling tactics. Statistics recently released regarding the type of people police stop and frisk in New York has raised issues regarding racial profiling.

The stop and frisk policy entitles officers to randomly stop, question and then frisk civilians in public, however in 2011 to 2012 about 87% of those stopped by police were African American and Latinos, who make up 53% of the city's entire population.

Many have cited the shootings of unarmed civilians like Shantel Davis, Noel Polanco, and Ramarley Graham as just a few examples of recent police involved shootings with Kimani Gray's death marking the tenth incident this year.