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[Image Description: Kimani “Kiki” Gray, a black teenage Brooklynite wearing a long-sleeved black and purple striped shirt and a cap, poses for a photo.]
16 year old Kimani “Kiki” Gray was fatally shot by a pair of plain-clothes cops in Brooklyn late Saturday after he supposedly pointed a gun at them, police said.
Gray was hanging out in front of a home on E. 52nd St. near Tilden Ave. in East Flatbush with five other young men, friends and siblings, shortly before midnight. After leaving his friends, Kiki “adjusted his waistband”. The undercover officers approached him and Gray unveiled a revolver. Both cops shot Kimani multiple times.
He was rushed to nearby Kings County Hospital, where he died.
Gray’s mother, Carol Gray, rushed to the hospital after learning her son was shot, and was fainted and hospitalized herself after learning he died, relatives said.
A pair of brothers who said they were hanging out with Gray moments before the shooting told The Daily News they didn’t realize Gray was armed.
“The cops, they just jumped out of the car so fast,” said Devonte Brown, 16. “They started shooting him and he went down. He was bleeding, holding his side, screaming, ‘Stop, stop!’”
“We were just hanging out,” added Brown’s brother, Akeem Brown, 15. “We didn’t know he had a gun.”
Gray’s confrontation with cops was the second police-involved shooting of the day.
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Thursday (December 20) afternoon in midtown New York City (57th street and 10th avenue) a handful of NYPD thugs stood around waiting for an ambulance to pick up a man they had arrested and then put into a bodybag. The bag covered the man´s entire body, except for his boots.
The man could be heard saying to the officers, “You´ve had me on the ground for an hour! I can´t get transported or nothing!? when you take this off my eyes, I´m taking everybody´s names and numbers!” In response, the officers just stood around laughing because they know, just as well as we all do, that NYPD officers can get away with almost any kind of mental, verbal, or physical abuse and violence against those they arrest.
When the ambulance finally arrived, the officers picked up the man, still in the bag, and roughly put him onto a stretcher. The ambulance took him away. It is thought that the man might be one of the neighborhood´s homeless people who often sit in front of stores in the area. It is not known by us what the situation was that led up to the arrest, or why the officers put the man into the bag. The fact that he was sent away in an ambulance, and not in a police car, is indicative that the man had health problems.
Photo Caption: Roman & Ramona Cuevas with their son Leonel Cuevas in Lincoln Hospital. Leonel, 17, is now paralyzed after being hit by a police car while riding on a dirt bike. He is also the cousin of Reynaldo Cuevas, a Bronx deli worker who was shot and killed by the NYPD in September.
The NYPD is lying about the death of a young man and the near-fatal injuries to another who were mowed down by a squad car in October, a witness told the Daily News.
Cops said Ronald Herrera, 20, who died a week after the Oct. 27 Bronx motorcycle accident, and his now-paralyzed passenger, Leonel Cuevas, 17, were aboard Herrera’s Kawasaki off-roader when it “attempted to overtake” the cop car while zooming down Walton Ave.
The dirt bike then ricocheted into a double-parked car as the cop plowed into a second parked car, the police account said.
But a witness to the bloodbath on Walton Ave. told The News the police story is false.
“They hit the dirt bike from behind, the bike twisted and Leonel flew off,” said the 18-year-old witness, who asked to remain anonymous.
“It (the bike) went down and Ronald was still holding on,” added the witness, who was on another off-road motorcycle. “It started throwing sparks. The police car completely ran over him. They really didn’t have to crash him off the bike.”
An NYPD spokeswoman said that the Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating the accident, but that there has been no change in duty status of the cops involved.
The official police account — which claims the cop car was not pursuing Herrera and Cuevas, even though its flashers were whirling — comes from the driver of the squad car, Officer Sabrina Alicea.
But that report leaves a lot out, said Cuevas’ lawyer Sanford Rubenstein.
“The question is, did the officer operating the police vehicle use it as a deadly weapon?” asked Rubenstein.
The NYPD Patrol Guide prohibits “ramming” in an attempt to stop a vehicle.
The Cuevas family requested the accident report on Nov. 5, but did not receive it until Dec. 6 — along with an apology from Inspector Kevin Catalina “for any inconvenience that this may have caused you.”
The delay in producing the basic information about the case left the Cuevas family fuming.
“I have no confidence in the Police Department,” said the paralyzed victim’s mother, Ramona Cuevas, who is also the cousin of Reynaldo Cuevas, an unarmed Bronx bodega worker shot to death in September by a Bronx cop who mistook him for a robber.
Residents of the neighborhood share that suspicion. After cops sealed off the accident scene, there was a tense confrontation with onlookers caught on cell phone video.
In the video, a cop removed his gun and equipment belt and appeared ready to brawl after an onlooker questioned his toughness.
“There’s a lot of disrespect from that precinct,” said Arabellis Herrera, the dead man’s sister.
Herrera’s death marks at least the third questionable fatal run-in with an NYPD cruiser this year — but that figure is tough to quantify because there could be other incidents, like Herrera’s, that were never reported to the media.
This Saturday, we are having a candlelight vigil and Fuck The Police March with the family of Reynaldo and Leonel Cuevas. We will be marching to the PSA 9 precinct to demand justice for Reynado, Leonel and Ronald.
Richard Haste, an NYPD officer, killed an unarmed teen (Ramarley Graham) in front of his grandmother and 6-year-old brother at point blank range over marijuana. The landlady, Paulet Minzie, 55, ran out the shower with only a towel after hearing the gunshots. Officers then put a gun to her head and told her to put her hands up. It wasn’t until she told them that there were cameras surveilling them, that they put their guns down.
Court papers say “[He] immediately lowered his weapon. His demeanor completely changed, and he alerted his colleague that they may be on camera.” The footage later revealed that Graham walked calmly to his apartment followed by police barging in without a warrant, contradicting the officers original claim that the teenager was running away from him.
Haste was freed on $50,000 bail yesterday after pleading not guilty. Police cheered for him as the parents of Graham wept in the court room.
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When officers arrived, Gibson said she was hiding in a closet naked. She said the officers ordered her to leave the closet.
“I told them what had just happened to me and I asked for a female officer and the officer said I didn’t have that option because it wasn’t my house,” Gibson said. ”I told them I was naked. I told them I had just been raped and that I did not feel comfortable coming out of the closet with there only being two male officers there.”
Gibson said she continued to refuse orders to leave the closet. Eventually, the officers had to use force to remove her.
“The police officer came into the closet punched me in the face so hard that he fractured the right orbital in my face,” Gibson said.
Gibson was placed in handcuffs and transported to University Hospital where a rape exam was performed and Gibson’s facial injuries were treated.
According to documents provided by Gibson to KSAT 12 News, an emergency room nurse wrote in a report the officer was bragging about hitting Gibson in the face.
The report stated, “the officer was talking about it in a proud manner that he hit her.”
The amount of rage that is boiling up within me right now is staggering.
Show me a “good” cop and I will show your hundreds of bastards.
TW rape, violence
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