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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
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