Sunday, October 20, 2013. New York City – On Saturday, October 19, 2013, the mother, family members and friends of Kimani “Kiki” Gray celebrated his 17 birthday. This was the first birthday that they had to celebrate without Kimani physical presence.
3 videos of Kimani 17th birthday celebration.
Carol Gray, mother of Kimani, Council member Jumaane D. Williams and a friend of Kiki speak at the event on 10/19/2013.
A friend of Kiki sings a song for him, two of his friends dance and the cutting of Kimani’s cake.
On Saturday, March 9, 2013, 16 year old Kimani was killed by two NYPD plain clothes officers.
Sgt. Mourad Mourad and Officer Jovaniel Cordova shot at Kimani Gray 11 times, hitting Kimani with 7 bullets, three entered in his back. Court records show, these officers have racked up five federal lawsuits which cost taxpayers $215,000. The suits were for various civil rights violations including illegal stop and search and false arrest.
Officers said he had a gun in his hands, but witnesses say he didn’t have anything in his hands when he was killed.
This would not be the first time that police officers lie. Officers not only write false reports, they also lie under oath.
Michelle Alexander wrote on The New York Times “THOUSANDS of people plead guilty to crimes every year in the United States because they know that the odds of a jury’s believing their word over a police officer’s are slim to none. As a juror, whom are you likely to believe: the alleged criminal in an orange jumpsuit or two well-groomed police officers in uniforms who just swore to God they’re telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but? As one of my colleagues recently put it, “Everyone knows you have to be crazy to accuse the police of lying.””
Police officers plant drugs on suspects, illegally stop, search and arrest people and then provide false written statements, and in depositions, the arresting officers give false testimony.
As the article says, “it is the routine way of doing business in courtrooms everywhere in America.”
On January 1, 2012, I was covering an Occupy Wall Street’s march. NYPD police officers illegally arrested some of the protesters, a NLG legal observer and me.
One of them was Alexander Arbuckle, an independent photojournalist. He was charged with disorderly conduct for standing in the middle of the street blocking traffic, even after police had repeatedly told protesters to get out of the street. That’s the story told in the criminal complaint against Arbuckle, and it’s the story that the officer who arrested him told again under oath in court, but video from the NYPD showed Arbuckle on the sidewalk. The live-stream of journalist Tim Pool also showed that Arbuckle was on the sidewalk, so were all the other protesters. Alexander went to trial and thanks to those videos and several witnesses, Arbuckle was found not guilty.
This video shows how NYPD officers in the Bronx illegally stopped Jateik Reed and then wrote a false report.
NY1’s Dean Meminger asks, How did 19-year-old Jateik Reed end up bloody and handcuffed on a Bronx street?
Officers swore they witnessed bags of crack and marijuana being carried by Reed. In the criminal complaint one officer is quoted as saying, “He observed the defendant to have on his person, in his hand, one (1) clear plastic bag containing a white, rock-like substance, which he threw to the ground. In his hand, two (2) clear plastic bags, each containing a dried green leafy substance with a distinctive odor, in public view.”
The video clearly shows that officers were lying.
If you see something, would you film the police? Filming police officers and other public servants its our constitutional right.
Pictures taken on 10/19/2013.
A group of activists are making a documentary about Kimani Gray. This is the trailer: “Defended In The Streets, Kimani’s Story.”
Videos of the protests for the killing of Kimani Gray by two NYPD agents.