On March 9th, Kimani ‘Kiki’ Gray was shot several times and killed by two plain-clothes officers patrolling East Flatbush in an un-marked car around 11:30 p.m. In the police account, Gray was in a group with five other young males in front of a home at E. 52nd St., when the officers approached to question the males about their activities. As the officers approached, Gray reportedly separated from the group and adjusted his waistband in a manner the officers deemed suspicious, the 67th precinct says. Police then claim that Gray turned around and pulled a revolver out of his waistband and proceeded to point the gun at the officers, which prompted them to let off their rounds. The .38 revolver that was retrieved had four bullets in the chamber. However, Tishana King, an eyewitness who allegedly watched the incident from her window, claimed that Gray didn’t have his weapon pointed at the cops and that officers shot at the teen for no legitimate reason. King claimed that Gray had his hands down and was backing up before being gunned down by the two officers.
Recently, a different, more menacing picture of Gray has been erected as the New York Post reported that police recovered evidence that cited Gray as being a member of the notorious Bloods street gang. A viral video located on the infamously vulgar website WorldStarHipHop.com (Search Up: “Young Crip Gets Slapped By NY Bloods After Taking Out Beads”) was dug up, and showed off what seems to be Gray harassing a Brooklyn Crip in broad daylight. Supporters of the police accounts claim that Gray has been given the “Trayvon Martin” treatment, meaning that media outlets have been featuring pictures of a “baby-faced” Gray to portray him as an innocent Black youth who was the target of unjust law enforcement. Detractors claim that officers acted in a rightful way because their lives were put in danger by a “thug” that was up to no good. Law enforcement alleges that Gray was going to rob someone the night of his death. Gray also has an astounding arrest record for an assortment of crimes including grand larceny and possession of stolen property.
School officials from Gray’s high school (Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction) state that Gray wasn’t a trouble-maker and was a pretty decent student. Teachers and students alike are shocked at the death of the youngster because they viewed him as an exceptionally bright student. Two weeks ago, the school sent out a letter to parents and school staff’s highlighting Gray’s want to learn. An excerpt from the letter states: “Kimani made great strides this year academically. He was taking an extra English class after school; he was writing a dramatic dialogue in another English class; his group in Design class was working on a project to design a school.”
Since Gray’s death there has been a large outrage by the Flatbush community, who already has a deep distrust for law enforcement because of what they deem as continuous unfair patrolling and unlawful justice by the cops. The protests and vigils that have resulted from Gray’s murder have been wildly belligerent as numerous protestors have been arrested for riot-like behavior and assaults on officers. Due to the protests and riots, numerous businesses and local markets have been broken-in and countless items have been stolen or ravaged. Violent crime is nothing new to East Flatbush as shooting fatalities are common happenings in a neighborhood that is barred with high unemployment, crime, and poverty.
Judging from this information, what picture and story do you believe is true? Did the plain-clothes officers rightfully have the position to kill young Kimani Gray? Do you believe Gray is just another hoodlum to fall to the devils of street crime and gangs? Do you believe the school officials who painted Gray as a good, attentive student was unlawfully killed in cold blood? We may never know the full story…