Kimani Gray protesters march in Brooklyn
Protesters decrying the killing of 16-year-old Kimani Gray by NYPD officers earlier this month held a vocal but peaceful march Sunday that ended with a demonstration in front of the 67th Precinct in East Flatbush.
About 100 marchers chanted "bullies with a badge, punks without them," "no justice, no peace" and other protest slogans as they marched from 55th Street and Church Avenue to Nostrand and Snyder avenues.
"People saying no more, people are not going to accept murder at the hands of the police. They want justice for Kimani Gray . . . and amnesty for everyone arrested in the protests," said Travis Morales of the Revolutionary Communist Party, one of the groups that organized the event.
Other groups included Stop Stop & Frisk and members of the Occupy Wall Street movement, along with community members. People who identified themselves as members of the Black Panther Party helped provide security during the march.
Police greatly outnumbered the protesters, who carried signs saying "Workers Revolution Will Avenge Kimani Gray" and other messages.
There was one arrest as of 7 p.m.
The protesters paused briefly at the shooting site.
Kimani Gray was killed March 9 after he police said he pulled a gun on two plainclothes officers as they approached him, officials said. NYPD officers said Gray was in a group that had been told to disperse. They said Gray broke away, adjusted his waistband and acted in a suspicious manner. Witnesses heard officers tell Gray to show his hands before he allegedly pointed the gun at them, officials said. A loaded .38-caliber revolver was found at the scene.
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said early indications were that the two officers followed proper police procedure on the use of deadly force.