For those of you who haven’t been following this story, let us fill you in real quick. Rewind to this past Saturday night in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Kimani Gray, an African American sixteen-year-old boy was shot several times by two undercover police officers patrolling around 11:30 pm. According to the NYPD, the officers spotted Gray hanging out with five other young men in front of a residence at East 52nd St, near Tilden Avenue. As the officers came closer, Gray seperated himself from the group and adjusted his waistband on his pants in a manner that was cause for alarm, the department states. The truth here people, is that they are literally going around shooting little kids. It gets crazier – after they asked the suspect to show his hands, which was confirmed by witnesses, Gray apparently pulled out a revolver and pointed it at the officers who then proceeded to fire a total of 11 rounds, striking Gray many times.
Gray was taken to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead. A witness, Tishana King, claims that she watched the entire scenario unfold from her window. She told the Daily News she is positive Gray didn’t have anything in his hands when he was shot. “Kimani started backing up and the cop took out his gun and started firing at him, his hands were down, I couldn’t believe he did that, there was no reason, no false move.”
Multiple witnesses reveal Gray was begging not to be killed. Sharon Smith spoke to the Daily News as well and told them she witnessed the shooting and said her daughter was outside when it happened. “[She] heard him say ‘don’t kill me, don’t kill me.’ And they said ‘Stay still or they’re going to shoot you again.”
This horrific incident has sparked protests and controversy among Flatbush residents. We’ll continue to bring you updates on this story, in the meantime, say a prayer for Kimani Gray and his family. RIP Kimani Gray.