Why people are outraged over the shooting of 16-year-old Kimani GraySubmitted by meekandmild on Fri, 03/15/2013 - 12:43
On Wednesday night, 46 people were arrested in East Flatbush, in Brooklyn, N.Y., during protests over the shooting death of 16-year-old Kimani Gray. In case you haven't been following the story, there are two competing narratives at the heart of the controversy.
In one, plainclothes officers stop Gray on Saturday night, and react after he pulls a .38-caliber gun on them. Paul J. Browne, chief spokesman for the New York Police Department, gave this account to the Village Voice:
After the anti-crime sergeant and police officer told the suspect to show his hands, which was heard by witnesses, Gray produced a revolver and pointed it at the officers, who fired a total of 11 rounds, striking Gray several times. [Village Voice]
In the other, Gray is unarmed. A woman named Tishana King told the New York Daily News that she had a "bird's-eye view" of the incident, and that she was "certain he didn’t have anything in his hands." Several witnesses told the Village Voice that Gray "begged not to be killed."