Mother of Boy Shot, Killed by Police Calls for Independent Investigation

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013  |  Updated 9:58 AM EDT
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Brooklyn Teen Fatally Shot by Police


The family of Kimani Gray, the 16-year-old shot and killed by police in Brooklyn, is demanding an independent investigation into the fatal shooting.

Gray was shot by two officers in East Flatbush on March 9 after police said he pulled a gun on them. 

Councilman Charles Barron joined Gray's mother and her lawyer outside the Brooklyn District Attorney's office Wednesday evening, arguing that no witnesses saw Gray pull out a gun and that the police officers involved in the shooting need to be investigated and held accountable for any wrongdoing.

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"If the police are wrong, which it appears to me that they are, indict them and send them to jail so that you send a signal to other police officers that it will not be tolerated," said Barron.

Barron said the family wanted an independent agency to investigate, charging that prosecutors were overly reliant on police accounts of the incident.

The shooting set off a series of protests in East Flatbush last week.

"We want justice," said Carol Gray. "There will be peace if we have justice."

The Daily News reports the two officers involved in the shooting have been sued in the past for alleged civil rights violations. They are on desk duty while the NYPD and the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office investigates. 

The medical examiner's office ruled that Gray was hit seven times, and had wounds in both the front and back of his body, including his shoulder, rib cage, forearm and legs.

The teen was with a group of people the night of March 9, but left when he saw police in an unmarked car, police said. Authorities said he was acting suspicious and plainclothes officers approached him.

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According to police, Gray pointed a .38-caliber revolver at them, and they opened fire. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

A gun was recovered at the scene, according to police.

Gray was black. The officers involved in the shooting were black and Hispanic. 

A police officer may use deadly force when the officer has a reasonable fear of serious injury or death. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the shooting appeared to be within those guidelines.

But supporters of Gray maintain he wasn't armed. His mother has said she also believes he was not, and said he left the house Saturday afternoon like it was any other weekend, heading out to hang with friends.

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