Conventional media reporters remain for the most part absent in the Brooklyn riots Friday, Day 4 of the U.S. “paramilitary” clashing with hundreds of protesters, angry at the Saturday police killing 16-year-old Kimani Gray, shot eleven times.
“How do you spell racist? NYPD!”and “They say get back, we say fight back!” protesters have been yelling at an overwhelming number of officers.
“Stop killing our kids,”a woman yelled through a loudspeaker.
Gray's family attorney, Kenneth Montgomery, told reporters about the tendency for police to treat black and Hispanic teenagers “in a manner that is paramilitary.”
He said “it is a community that is under siege.”
Where are reporters?
“Martial law in brooklyn and few credible sources reporting it. Wake up journalists, get in there. #martiallaw #riot http://nyti.ms/Z29YQm" said Dan T on Twitter Friday morning.
Jackson Green @jacksondgreen tweeted, “Everyone should work to raise awareness. Get #brooklynprotest and #brooklynriot trending. Call news stations demanding coverage.”
Russia Today Correspondent Anastasia Churkina spoke with community residents before Thursday’s protests and reported, “Locals say that there will be no calm until justice is seen.”
“People are angry. People are angry because this is not the first time that there’s been killing in the neighborhood, and there never seems to be justice, so I think that’s what we’re unfortunately seeing people reacting to,” community leader Bishop Orlando Findlayter told Churkina.Wednesday, over 40 arrests were made in a march through East Flatbush, where Gray was shot and killed by police on Saturday.
Thursday, Carol Gray, Kimani’s mother, spoke out against the killing and rioting.
“Two police officers shot down Kimani, and I only want justice for two police officers to be off the street before they hurt another young kid,”she told reporters, crying. “He was slaughtered, and I want to know why.”
She denounced retaliatory violence against the police: “I don't condone any riots, any looting, any shooting, anything against any police officers.”
Ye Old False Flag with Before It’s News writes:
‘The NYPD euphemistically calls the public spaces in which the Constitutional rights of the people are suspended “frozen zones.’ Allison Kilkenny wrote about the NYPD’s so-called “frozen zones” in December 2011:
‘The ‘frozen zone’ is an arbitrary, official police business-sounding title that has absolutely zero legal merit. It’s something the NYPD made up, just as the ‘First Amendment zone’ is something [Los Angeles Mayor Antonio] Villaraigosa made up to suppress media coverage of the Occupy raids.’
“It basically means the area is under temporary martial law,” writes FIERCE. “The last times the NYPD declared a Frozen Zone was on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and during the beginning of OWS.”
Occupy Austin reposted this poignant summary of events by Jen Roesch as they were unfolding in Brooklyn last night: “East Flatbush, Brooklyn is under martial law as the NYPD declares it a ‘frozen zone’. Media are being monitored and kept from moving and reporting freely. Dozens of arrests and much brutality. Kimani was shot in the back seven times; a witness is sure he was unarmed; multiple reports are coming out that the police had been waging a campaign of harassment against the young man (including taunting him about a friend who had died in a car accident and threatening to shoot him when he tried to leave). This is just blocks from where Shantel Davis was shot, dragged from her car and left to bleed to death in the street last summer. After that shooting, police went to all the surrounding delis and confiscated their surveillance videos. Residents in the neighborhood live in a state of terror. Heartbreaking, enraging, the stuff that riots are made of. This city is at a breaking point.”
Police report that two plainclothes officers fatally shot Kimani Gray, 16, just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday after he brandished a revolver and pointed it at them.
Police commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said Tuesday that police interviewed three witnesses, “two of which say that the officers said, ‘Don’t move.’ ”
“Another witness said an officer says, ‘Freeze.’
The officers then fired 11 shots, police said.
“Seven bullets hit Mr. Gray, including three that entered his body from the rear, according to the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner,” the New York Times reports.
One bullet entered his left shoulder in the rear; two other bullets struck the back of his thighs, one in the left thigh and one in the right. Two bullets struck from the front, hitting his right thigh; one bullet entered his left side, striking his lower rib cage; and the last bullet hit his left lower forearm.”
Some said Mr. Gray, while armed, did not point the gun; others said they had heard that there had been no gun at all, or that his hands had been in the air. A family friend, Kevin Blacks, 33, said he was not surprised that the autopsy had found that Mr. Gray had been shot so many times or hit from behind.”(NY Times)
Kimani Gray’s parents scheduled a press conference Friday evening to address the March 9 police slaying of their young son.
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Sources: Russia Today, New York Times, Before It's News, Twitter