Mom of NYC Teen Shot by Police: Why was He Killed?

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  • NEW YORK (AP) — Carol Gray, her head wrapped in a black scarf and her tearful eyes concealed by sunglasses, held up a photograph of her 16-year-old son, who was shot and killed by police.

    The picture revealed a grinning boy wearing a blue cap and gown, his arms wrapped around his mother. It was taken the day he graduated from middle school.

    “He was slaughtered,” Gray told a room filled with reporters. “And I want to know why.”

    Gray held a sorrowful press conference on Thursday to talk about her son, Kimani Gray, the kid nicknamed Kiki, who died on Saturday night after being shot seven times by two police officers. Police say the plainclothes officers opened fire after Gray pointed a gun at them.

    A .38-caliber revolver purchased in Florida was recovered from the scene.

    Gray was killed in front of his best friend’s house as he left a Sweet 16 birthday party, said his grieving mother, who doesn’t believe he could have pointed a gun at police.

    “Today was very hard,” she said, and paused for a long moment before she was able to finish the sentence. “I had to choose the color of the casket that I wanted.”

    The teenager’s death has provoked outrage in East Flatbush, the working-class area of Brooklyn where he lived and died, a place that is among the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods. Long-simmering resentment against the police officers who patrol these streets has erupted into violence in recent days, with 46 people arrested in the most recent protest on Wednesday night.

    A police officer was hit by an object tossed from a building during the protest and suffered a gash in his face.

    Gray, who was black, was with a group on Saturday night but left when he saw officers in an unmarked car, police said. The plainclothes officers, who were black and Hispanic, approached him because he was acting in a suspicious manner, police said.

    An organizer of Wednesday’s event, Rickford Burke, said there’s a deep feeling of frustration in the community that police officers regularly harass and target young black men.

    “The police department has proven to be racially inattentive to black communities, and this one is no different,” he said.

    According to police, Gray pointed a .38-caliber revolver at them, and they opened fire. The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative duty.

    “Our hearts all have to go out to the family of this young man,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at an unrelated news conference. “So far, all indications are that the young man had a gun, and I can promise you that we will conduct a full and fair investigation.”

    The public outcry, which has dragged on for several days, showed no signs of slowing, with another protest taking place Thursday night.

    On Monday, dozens of people threw bottles and damaged some stores. Surveillance video shows a cashier cowering in a corner as people looted his shop.

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    12 thoughts on “Mom of NYC Teen Shot by Police: Why was He Killed?

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    2. White folk act suspiciously all the time..Black folk act suspiciously…Hispanics act suspiciously..Everybody does that! North Korea is acting suspiciously too are you going to send out troops after them America! Iran acts suspiciously..Russia..shall I continue! Just go after everybody!!..then EVERYbODY will come after you!

    3. The same thing happened right here in Howard County, MD to a white “boy” . . . who was carrying a “toy” gun . . . but they didn’t know . . . and he pointed it at them . . . and he had a death wish . . . and they knew it . . . and they killed him . . . there is only a fraction of a moment to react. What do they do? SAD all around!

    4. On Monday, dozens of people threw bottles and damaged some stores. Surveillance video shows a cashier cowering in a corner as people looted his shop.

      Okay, I read the above statement, and I get that a 16 year old kid is dead; so why are people “looting the store” that is owned by someone who did NOT kill this kid ???

      That makes a lot of sense !!!

      NOT !!!

    5. ?Why are our Black men hated so much……..someone please explain this to me……..All over the world Black men endure the same treatment……”WHY”……someone please explain this to me…..I’m 42 & have two sons of my own…..one being a teenager, I have explained just about everything to him that a young Black man should know about this world and what he should expect a black man and he don’t believe that these things can happen to him or a family member or even a friend………..

    6. This was a teenager they act suspicious all the time…..dealing with hormones and other things……..they are children ……?how are they suppose to act…..
      Now lets investigate those two “Crumb Mashers” that gunned this child down because something sounds “Suspicious” about this……….. ??????America who is “Watching” the “Watcher” it’s time that we start policing the police…….. Lets start placing our own cameras in our own communities so that their will no longer a question of what is really happening to our young men……Cameras don’t “Lie” unlike “Dirty Coppers”……..

      • ?does any one ever see a gun besides the coppers…..it never fails, it’s always the same story when they gun down our Black men……..

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    8. NO MATTER WHAT THE OUTCOME HERE , IF HE WAS ARMED OR NOT UNTIL WE AS A PEOPLE PUT THE VALUE OF BLACK LIFE AT A HIGHER STANDARD HOW CAN WE EXPECT OTHERS. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE YOUNG MAN’S MOTHER AND BEING FROM CHICAGO IAM ALWAYS LEARY OF POLICE INVOLVED SHOOTINGS, WHY WOULD HE PULL A GUN AFTER ATTEMPTING TO LEAVE TO AVOID THE POLICE AND WHY FIRE SO MANY SHOTS WHEN THERE WERE NONE FIRED BY THE YOUNG MAN.

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