It’s really sad to continue to hear about black children dying…
A fun-loving 16-year-old boy was fatally shot by cops in Brooklyn late Saturday after the teen pointed a revolver at a pair of plain-clothes cops, police said.
Kimani “Kiki” Gray was standing in front of a home on E. 52nd St. near Tilden Ave. in East Flatbush with five other young men when he was spotted by two undercover cops just before 11:30 p.m.
Gray split from his pals when he noticed the cops, police said, and adjusted his waistband.
The cops, a 30-year-old sergeant and 26-year-old officer, got out and approached Gray, but he turned toward them, loaded .38-caliber revolver in hand, officials said.
Both cops squeezed off several rounds at Gray, who was hit multiple times in the torso and legs. He was rushed to nearby Kings County Hospital, where he died.
Gray’s mother, Carol Gray, rushed to the hospital after learning her son was shot, and was fainted and hospitalized herself after learning he died, relatives said.
Sweet baby Jesus…
“It’s going to drive the whole family crazy,” Gray’s cousin, Malike Vernon, 19, said of his death.
“He’s the type of person who is fun to be around. He’s the type who always gave you positive vibes.”
“If I was there maybe I could have saved his life,” Vernon said. “I could have told him to get rid of that.”
At the risk of sounding insensitive, if Kimani was so “fun” why the hell was he packing heat and aiming it at the police?!
Say Kimani’s friends who were with him just prior to the fatal shooting:
“The cops, they just jumped out of the car so fast,” said Devonte Brown, 16. “They started shooting him and he went down. He was bleeding, holding his side, screaming, ‘Stop, stop!’”
“We were just hanging out,” added Brown’s brother, Akeem Brown, 15. “We didn’t know he had a gun.”
Police sources said Gray has four prior arrests, including charges of grand larceny, possession of stolen property and inciting a riot.
As much as we we hate to see young black children shot by police, there isn’t much that a judge can do when the victim was also the aggressor.
That said, R.I.P. to Kimani Gray. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.
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