Brooklyn teens erupted into fiery protest Monday night in response to the murder of 16-year-old Kimani Gray (pictured above) by NYPD officers, reports the Daily Mail.

The 16-year-old boy was hanging out with friends Saturday night when they were approached by undercover officers who allegedly asked him to show his hands. Authorities claim that it was only after Gray suspiciously reached for his waistband that an officer fired 11 rounds.

According to The Gothamist, “Gray was shot multiple times in the leg and stomach when he pointed a .357 revolver at the cops in East Flatbush just before 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. ‘The cops, they just jumped out of the car so fast, witness Devonte Brown said. ‘They started shooting him and he went down, he was bleeding, holding his side, screaming, ‘stop, stop,’ Brown said of Gray.”

Brown also told the New York Post that Gray screamed, “Stop! I’m not running!” as the two plain-clothes officers continued shooting.

Gray’s friends say that they didn’t know he had a gun. According to authorities, it was loaded with 4 bullets but their is no indication that he fired it.

The Daily Mail has more on the ongoing riot:

Between 60 and 100 rioters gathered around Church and Snyder Ave. in East Flatbush and threw bottles and other debris at police, witnesses said, following a vigil for Kimani Gray, 16, who was shot dead by two plainclothes officers over the weekend.

One person has been arrested, though no injuries have been reported.

They were lashing out at the NYPD, who they believe are responsible for the teen’s death.

An NYPD spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline that there was a ‘large disorderly group throwing bottles at police.’

They said the protest began around 8:30pm tonight but the crowd is being dispersed by police.

New York City Councilman Jumaane D. Williams, who represents the area of Flatbush, has been tweeting live updates, and said: ‘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.’

Another Twitter user who is apparently at the site said that the riot ‘sounds like a war zone.’

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4 thoughts on “Vigil For Brooklyn Teen Killed By NYPD Turns Into Fiery Protest

  1. Lets see, he had a gun, he pointed it at the officers, they shot him and now teens are rioting. I guess the police need to be shot first and then return fire. I dont know all the facts nor do the rest of you. But I do question why he had a gun. I dont give any truth to the boys friends statements about him crying for help and pleading for them to stop shooting the suspect. Lets see in Chicago a 6 month old baby was shot 4 times by gang bangers and killed, how about some protesting and anger. Its ok and I am a black man so i can say this, we allow black men to kill each other in record numbers day in and day out and no one protests no anger is displayed but let a cop or a white male kill a black man and now we want to riot. No excuse for it our leaders are nothing but pimps pushing b/s and for some reason we seem to accept it.

  2. How bout instead of threatening to riot, we teach our fucking kids A. Not to obtain illegal fire arms, and more importantly, B. not to point illegal firearms at the police?!!!!!!! We live in a world where everyone loves to place responsibility on all but themselves.

  3. Was he really reaching for his gun? And if he was, why? And why, if he was armed and reaching for a gun, are people threatening to riot? Why did the officers approach him? A lot is missing from this story. How sad. I pray for his family.

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