- Rich Summers
An group of Indianapolis citizens will gather at Monument Circle Saturday, March 23 at 4 p.m. for a peaceful rally, showing support for the East Flatbush, Brooklyn community devastated by the killing of Kimani Gray, a 16-year-old shot seven times by New York Police Department officers in plain clothes, patrolling in an unmarked car.
A little background:
As Gray and a the group of friends were approached by the police, Gray took off down the street. One of the undercover officers called out for him to stop moving. When Gray adjusted his waistband and, according to the NYPD's official statement, produced a long gun, the police fired 11 shots. Gray was pronounced dead later at Kings County Hospital Center.
Police found an unfired .38 caliber-Rohm revolver on Gray loaded with 4 live rounds. Gray's sister, Mahnefah, reports being told by a witness to the scene that her brother was fixing his belt. She has also noted that she and others close to Gray have never known him to carry a gun.
The officers that approached Gray and friends that night, Sgt. Mourad Mourad and Officer Jovaniel Cordova. have previously cost the NYPD $215,000 in settlements brought after five illegal searches and false arrests, according to court records.
The rally tomorrow will express support for Gray's family and the affected community, and protest police brutality, racial profiling and murder.