As has been widely reported, 16 year old Kimani Gray was shot down in a fusillade of bullets from the guns of police officers Sunday night. While standing with friends in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, police said young Kimani was moving “suspiciously”. When they pulled over to investigate, police claim Kimani pulled a .38 caliber revolver as they approached him.
Here are a two facts we don’t know: 1) whether or not Kimani Gray had a gun, 2) whether or not Kimani Gray pointed the gun at police officers.
Here are a few facts we do know: 1) Paul J. Browne, the Chief spokesperson for NYPD, has ZERO regard for truth. 2) Cops always get their story together before ever speaking to an outside agency, irregardless of the truth. 3) Cops plant weapons and drugs every day. 4) The 67th Precinct in Brooklyn has a bad record of rewarding police officers who routinely violate the rights of citizens in the neighborhoods they patrol. 5) Unless you have a death wish, people don’t normally pull out an antiquated gun like the one Kimani allegedly had when being approached by numerous police officers.
Our civil rights firm represented a young man shot and killed by police in Far Rockaway, Queens in 2006. The only things that were certain about that shooting was that NYPD lied about the circumstances of the shooting to the press. They actually told reporters he was shot in the abdomen when in fact he was shot in the back. They had to admit the truth the next day because the young man (unexpectedly) died and the hospital reported a single gunshot wound to the back. What was also certain was that witnesses to the shooting were harassed and threatened by the police, and that the Internal Affairs Bureau of the Police Department helped cover up the incident, rather than conduct a good faith investigation.
If we do not truly know the facts, why are some of the good citizens of Brooklyn protesting? Because they know all of this. If our police department was trustworthy, we could wait for an investigation to take its course. But we all know, from experience time and time again, the police are indifferent to truth. Cops from top to bottom serve themselves, not the truth.