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Protesters take to the streets for fourth night after fatal NYPD shooting

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There appeared to be more cops than demonstrators on the streets of East Flatbush on Thursday night, where protesters rallied for the fourth straight evening following the police shooting of 16-year-old Kimani Gray

Hundreds of officers assembled on E. 55th Street, some in riot gear and some on horseback, but a vigil and protest held for the teen, who cops say pointed a revolver at two plainclothes officers, was mostly peaceful.

At 10 pm, as about one hundred protestors gathered on Church Avenue, an officer at the scene said there had been no arrests that night. The night prior, cops cuffed more than 40 people, many on charges of disorderly conduct.

Gray was shot on Saturday after pointing a gun at two officers, according to police — though witnesses claim he was unarmed.

An autopsy on Wednesday showed that Gray was shot seven times, including three times in the back.

Two teens who said they had been with Gray just 20 minutes before his death said he was popular in the neighborhood.

“Everyone looked at him as a little brother,” said a teen who gave her name as Lisa.

And she said she won’t stop taking to the streets to protest Gray’s death.

“I don’t care if there’s no crowd or not, every night I’m going to be here,” she said.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at jlutz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 2:53 am, March 15, 2013
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paul mycock from flatbush says:
theese cops have got inocent blood on their hands,u know who u are,u will be weeded out.
March 15, 2013, 5:30 am
Craig T. Nelson from Brooklyn says:
This kid was a savage and you're a savage for defending him. The kid had a gun. There's nothing innocent about that. Stop defending the criminal element that makes East Flatbush the $hithole ghetto that it is.

I feel bad for all the proud, hardworking good people that do live in that neighborhood. Because the majority of the people there are good people. It's the youth gangs and drug dealers that make that neighborhood suck. And guys like Paul Mycock that defend it make it worse. This kid was a scumbag. The cops did the community a service. He'd already been arrested 6 times since he is 13. Yea, real innocent kid he was.

I love how people are saying he wasn't a gang member, but there's video on YouTube verifying he was. And on his memorial Facebook page, they had to ask that no one post pictures of him throwing up gang signs. I feel sorry for his mother that she lost a child. It must be horrible what she is going through right now, but she needs to stop being ignorant and denying that her son was a good kid and didn't have a gun. She didn't know he had a gun because he didn't tell her. Like any kid is gonna tell their parents they carry a piece.

I don't feel sorry for him at all though. If you want to carry a gun like a man, you can justifyably get shot dead like a man.
March 15, 2013, 11:26 am
JAY from NYC says:
I feel bad for the mom, but why in the heck is this kid running around in the streets at 11:30 at night? Where was his mom?
I don't mean to rub salt in the wound here, but this kid had been arrested several times it is reported, and has a history of being in trouble, and mom is letting him round around late at night?
If this kid was mine, after the first arrest he would not be doing anything but home work and chores and going to bed early for AT LEAST a year, and he WOULD like it.
Second arrest? Ship him off to military school.
If your kid is in trouble you can't let them keep going that way and not expect for something to go bad.It seems mom was not on top of this kid and I can't help but think that maybe she should be looking at herself rather than the police.
Its a sad story, but if what the police say is true, he had a gun and pointed it at the police, if you do that, you are probably going to die, and everyone knows that.
16 is young, but he should have known that by age 16, If he were 10, maybe not, but 16 is old enough to know that its wrong to point a gun at the police.
The people out burning the neighborhood and committing crimes need to go to jail, they have ZERO excuse for this nonsense, NONE what so ever, and they are a total f-ing disgrace.
Yes the police sometimes do bad things and sometimes make mistakes that can have terrible consequences, but that does NOT give these "protestors" the right to attack other people who had nothing to do with it.
Go get em blue.
March 15, 2013, 5:56 pm
Barry from Park Slope says:
There's such a racial agenda to these protests. If he wasn't black, they would say he invited it by threatening the police with a weapon. But because he's black, any normal reaction is racial police brutality supposedly. I say grow up, and get real. Don't commit crimes and threaten the police. Protesting the police doing their job is both mean and foolish.
March 16, 2013, 9:42 am
Nord from Bushwick says:
There's an old saying: "He died of the dumbs." You don't point a .38 at more than one cop who have 16 shot Glocks.
March 17, 2013, 9:17 am

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