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Hundreds rally in Brooklyn for second night of police brutality protest

Published time: March 13, 2013 00:43
Edited time: March 13, 2013 02:42
Image from @kristengwynne

Image from @kristengwynne

Hundreds gathered in Brooklyn's East Flatbush neighborhood Tuesday for a second night of protest over the death of 16-year-old Kimani Gray, who was shot to death by police days before.

Columns of police, including officers on horseback, accompanied the march. 

The demonstration follows a Monday night candlelit vigil that saw hundreds gather in East Flatbush in memory of Gray, who died after being shot eleven times by undercover agents. Some witness accounts differ with police reports claiming that Gray was brandishing a weapon before being shot.

Police presence was heavy at the rally, which was organized in part by the New Black Panther Party. "To you police officers who took an oath to uphold the shield - if you see something, say something," said an unnamed Panther speaker at the rally, referencing the NYPD's tipline slogan. Speakers called on officers to report corruption and misconduct.

Participants chanted "NYPD / KKK / How many kids will you kill today" and "Racist, sexist, anti-gay / NYPD go away!"

Image from @Captnick_

Local public figures in addition to the Black Panther activists were in attendance, including New York City Councilman Charles Barron, who is known in New York for his work advocating for Brooklyn's poor and African-American communities.

"The real criminal is Mayor Bloomberg," Barron told people gathered at the rally, drawing attention to the poverty of East Flatbush and neighborhoods like it.

Speaking of the city's elites, namely Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Barron said, "They don't have to come out here - they send the police! Next time," Barron added,"let's go to his house!"

Image from @Captnick_

According to attendees' posts on Twitter, police obstructed participants from leaving once the rally had peacefully come to a close.

"People expressing desire to leave but seems cops blocking way," Twitter user Newyorkist said.

Following the shooting Gray was rushed to a hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. Police said there is no evidence that the officers - who have not been identified - acted inappropriately, though they have been placed on administrative leave.

Police also said Gray had an arrest record, including charges for theft and inciting a riot.

Image from @ChrissyCole

Comments (42)

Anonymous user 14.03.2013 13:17

My heart goes out 2 Kimani, his family, to families suffering reprocussions of war and tyrrany alike

Anonymous user 14.03.2013 06:24

American people are used to wrongdoing by elites'; that they get dumbed down by so many Gov;t apps.


Marilyn Grier 14.03.2013 01:59


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