Target: Michael Bloomberg, New York Mayor
Goal: Support East Flatbush protestors as they demand justice for teenager Kimani Gray.
Conventional media has been largely silent as riots and protests erupted in the Brooklyn area after the shooting death of teenager Kimani Gray. East Flatbush, Brooklyn, was declared a “frozen zone”—a public space in which the Constitutional rights of the people are suspended. The NYPD’s so called “frozen zones” amount to areas that have been put under martial law. The NYPD informed media of the action as soon as it took effect, and asked them to leave. Suppression of media coverage essentially gives the NYPD the authority to enact the “law” in whatever manner they see fit. Reports stated that officers had scratched numbers off their hats to avoid identification as they attempted to deal with the Flatbush protests.
The Kimani Gray protests began as a call to justice for 16-year-old Kimani who was shot to death by two plainclothes officers. He was shot at seven times, three of the bullets entering through his back. While police reports claim that Gray pulled out a weapon, a witness to the incident said Gray never even reached for anything. Other witnesses state that the officers demanded Gray stop moving, and then shot at him. Gray’s hands were apparently down. After the officers opened fire, Gray turned and began attempted to run, but it was too late. Neither plainclothes officer has been identified.
Kimani Gray’s family demands justice for their loss, while other residents of East Flatbush and surrounding areas are simply reacting to the recent rise in police brutality exhibited by the NYPD. A number of other families who have lost unarmed teens to police shootings also joined the protests. Reports state that the NYPD has made a number of arrests, and utilized pepper spray and extreme violence when apprehending the protestors.
Kimani Gray’s death is the 10th police-involved shooting this year. Reports of the NYPD’s harassment, racially biased arrests and violence, and brutality, are growing in number. It is time to take a stand. Show your support for the Kimani Gray protestors by signing the petition below.
Dear Michael Bloomberg,
For days now, East Flatbush, Brooklyn, has been declared a “freeze zone” by the NYPD – a technical term for what amounts to an area under martial law. Media coverage of this zone has been scant, and the very nature of the “freeze zone” indicates that it is a space in which the Constitutional rights of the people are suspended. This is the NYPD’s response to a number of outraged protests that began in the East Flatbush area after the shooting death of young Kimani Gray.
Kimani Gray’s family is demanding justice for their loss; other residents of East Flatbush and surrounding areas are simply reacting to the recent rise in police brutality exhibited by the NYPD. The New York Police Department has recently begun to show a pattern of violence towards civilians, particularly black and Hispanic youths. A number of other unarmed teenagers have lost their lives to officers in the NYPD, officers who claim to protect and serve. It is time to end the silence, and stop turning a blind eye. I am writing today to inform you of my utmost support for the Kimani Gray protestors. I hope you will stand with them too.
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