UPDATED on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013.
Monday, March 18th, 2013. New York City – Sgt. Mourad Mourad and Officer Jovaniel Cordova killed 16 years old boy, Kimani “Kiki” Gray on Saturday, March 9th, 2013 on East 52 Street in the neighborhood of East Flatbush. Brooklyn, NYC.
The NY Daily News reports that, “The NYPD sergeant and cop involved in the fatal shooting of Brooklyn 16-year-old Kimani Gray have been named in five federal lawsuits — which cost the city a total of $215,000 in settlements.”
Brett Klein, who filed four of the five suits said that “In each case, Mourad and Cordova attempted to cover up their misconduct by falsifying and fabricating evidence.”
NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly has said Gray was shot after he pointed a .38-caliber revolver at the sergeant and cop, however two witnesses, Tishana King told NY Daily News and Camille Johnson told ABC7 Eyewitness News that Kimani didn’t have a gun in his hands when the two NYPD undercover officers killed him last weekend.
According to the New York Times, “The 16-year-old boy who was killed in Brooklyn by the police in a hail of 11 bullets on Saturday night was hit by seven of them, three entering his body from the rear.”
Mourad and Cordova were placed on desk duty while the NYPD and the Brooklyn district attorney’s office investigate the circumstances surrounding the killing of the teenager on March 9.
I spoke with some people in the area and they do not believe what the police said. A woman that prefer not to give her name said, “They didn’t need to kill him.” “They always lie!,” she added. She knew about Ramarley Graham in the Bronx and Shantel Davis in the same area where Kimani was killed.
23-year-old Shantel Davis was shot and killed by NYPD detective Phil Atkins, on Thursday, June 14, 2012. She was unarmed. Atkins, who works in the NYPD’s narcotics unit, has been sued seven times in the past 10 years, with allegations including use of undue force and fabricating charges, according to court documents. The city has paid more than $130,000 to settle five of the cases.
On Thursday, February 2, 2012, Rahmarley Graham, 18, was killed by NYPD Officer Richard Haste in the bathroom of his own apartment. Constance Malcolm, mother of Rahmarley said that the teen’s grandmother and 6-year-old brother were inside his home at the time of the shooting and they saw everything. The boy was unarmed. Haste was charged with manslaughter, but other members of his team that were involved in the illegal entry of Graham’s apartment have not been charged.
The Village Voice reports that “Over the past five years, the number of lawsuits and claims filed against the NYPD have skyrocketed by 40 percent. Total NYPD settlements have risen from $92.3 million in 2007 to $185.6 million in 2011 for a total over the period of an astounding $654 million in payouts. Civil rights claims alone have cost the city $300 million, and the annual payout amount in those cases has risen in every year since 2008. The number of claims against the NYPD has also spiked–by a fairly unbelievable 55 percent, from 5,707 in 2007 to 8,882 in 2011. Last year, the Voice estimated that the city was being sued over stop and frisk at the rate of 40 cases per month.”
City Comptroller John Liu knows there’s a problem, according to his claims report which was released in late December. “The City must carefully examine the trend of more claims filed against the NYPD,” he writes. “Although there are no easy ways to reverse the trend, clearly more must be done.”
Part of a statement by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement’s People’s Self-Defense Campaign says, “For over 10 years, MXGM’s New York chapter has been conducting Copwatch patrols in our community in the Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights neighborhoods. During these patrols, we often see the behavior of officers shift when they are caught during a stop & frisk, sometimes resulting in their immediate departure and unarrest of a community member. Copwatch is one piece of the solution as we develop methods to combat these attacks.
We stand in solidarity with the families of all those harassed, physically and sexually assaulted, and killed by the NYPD. We demand that District Attorney Charles Hynes drop all charges for any individual arrested in connection with the protest for Kimani Gray.
If you live in New York and you want to be trained for Copwatch, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so we can follow up with you. A few hours out of your month can make a big difference!”
The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is having the “Meeting – Justice for Kimani Gray” on Tuesday, March 19, 7 pm
Marcus Garvey Center, 51-05 Church Avenue (upstairs) near Utica, Brooklyn, between East 51st and East 52nd. (take #2/#5 to Nostrand/Church. then go east on Church).
On a statement The Stop Mass Incarceration Network says, “On Wednesday night, the police arrested 46 people, overwhelmingly young people, for trying to demonstrate against the brutal murder of Kimani Gray. But the killers of Kimani Gray walk free! People everywhere must stand with the youth and uphold the youth that defied the police and refused to accept the murder of Kimani Gray in silence. If the youth had not taken to the streets on Monday and Wednesday nights, Kimani Gray would have been just another young person killed by the police and swept under the rug. Instead, with the youth in the streets, it could not be covered up. Their brave action of taking to the streets in the face of billy clubs and guns pierced the silence in a powerful way. We owe a lot to the bravery of the young people. Drop the charges against all arrested!”
On Thursday, March 21, the Justice for Alan Blueford Coalition and other members of the community in Oakland, California will have a rally to express solidarity with the family of Kimani “Kiki” Gray. The organizers say, “We recognize the rage in the community as this killing closely resembles so many other killings by police in Oakland, including the murder of Alan Blueford.”
The next vigil/protest/march in NYC is on 3/19/13 at 7pm.
The vigil is on the corner of East 55th St and Church Ave. The 67th precinct is located at 2820 Snyder Ave (Nostrand Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11226.
2/5 trains to Church Ave then transfer to the bus B35 going to Utica Ave.
A witness to the shooting of 16 year old Kimani Gray, Camille Johnson told ABC7 Eyewitness News that the teen had his hands up in the air and begged undercover NYPD cops not to shoot him. Another witness, Marvin Callum says Gray was begging for his life.
One of the protesters announced that the wake will be on Friday, March 22 from 4pm to 11pm at Caribe Funeral Home. 1922 Utica Ave. Brooklyn, NY. 11234.
4 train to Utica Ave. Transfer to the bus B46 to Utica Ave and Flatlands Ave.
Q/B trains to Kings Highway. Transfer to the bus B82 to Flatlands Ave and Utica Ave.
(A wake (Irish: faire) is a ceremony associated with death. Traditionally, a wake takes place in the house of the deceased, with the body present; however, modern wakes are often performed at a funeral home. In the United States and Canada it is synonymous with a viewing. It is often a social rite which highlights the idea that the loss is one of a social group and affects that group as a whole.)
The funeral will be on Saturday, March 23th, 2013 from 9:45am to 10:45am.
St. Catherine of Genoa Church. 520 Linden Boulevard. Brooklyn, NY. 11203.
2/5 trains to Church Ave then transfer to the bus B35 going to Utica Ave. Get off at Church Ave and E. 40th St.
There is a MASS MARCH on Sunday, March 24th, 2013 at 3pm. From East 55 Street and Church Ave to the 67th precinct.
Videos from 3/11/13. 3/12/13, 3/13/13, 3/14/13, 3/15/13, 3/16/13 and 3/17/2013.