Demand Justice for Teen Shot by Police

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Target: New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

Goal: Appropriately punish police officers who killed African-American teen

Recently, a 16-year-old African-American boy was killed in Brooklyn, New York. Kimani Gray was shot by police officers, despite reportedly being unarmed and posing no threat. The neighborhood in which Gray was shot is an area of high racial tensions, leading many to believe Gray was killed not because of any crime, but because of his skin color. This teenage boy is no longer alive because of the actions of these officers, and they should receive an appropriate punishment for killing a young boy.

Gray was walking with friends late at night when he was approached by two plainclothes officers. The officers told Gray to freeze before firing at him. The teenager was shot 11 times. Although the officers claimed Gray was pointing a gun at them, witnesses do not agree with this story. They have only said that the officers asked Gray what was in his hands before firing. One witness specifically denied Gray having a gun and said his hands were down as he backed away from the police. There is not enough proof that the teenage boy had a gun as the officers claimed, and so there is no proven justification for them killing him.

Gray’s death is a tragedy. The officers who killed him continue to claim a story that is denied by witnesses. In the neighborhood where Gray was killed, there are high racial tensions and mistrust of the police. Many people believe the teenager was killed because he was African-American. This incident must be further investigated by the police so the truth of what happened is found. If it were not for the actions of these officers, this 16-year-old boy would still be alive. The officers must be appropriately punished for the actions they took.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Commissioner Kelly:

Recently, a 16-year-old boy was fatally shot by two police officers in Brooklyn. Kimani Gray was walking with friends when approached by the two officers. He was shot 11 times. Although the officers claim Gray pointed a gun at them, multiple witnesses disagree with this. Many believe that Gray was killed not because he posed a threat, but because he was African-American.

I ask you to further investigate this situation and appropriately punish the officers involved. According to the witnesses, there was not enough justification for the murder of the teenager. The result of this incident is that a 16-year-old boy is dead. The officers involved in his death must face appropriate consequences for their actions, and you must ensure those consequences are dealt.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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