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article imageFuneral & rally in Brooklyn for 16-year-old Kimani Gray (video)

By Anne Sewell     Mar 25, 2013 in World
New York - On March 9, 16-year-old Kimani Gray was shot seven times during an encounter with two plain-clothed police officers. On Saturday a moving funeral service was held, followed by a rally for justice for the slain teenager on Sunday.
Digital Journal reported recently on the protests in Brooklyn, which started after the New York Police Department intervened when 100 people held a candlelit vigil in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York for a 16-year-old boy, gunned down by the New York Police Department on March 9.
Gray was shot seven times by the NYPD - four times in the front, and three times in the back.
The NYPD say that Gray pointed a gun at two plain-clothed police officers who approached him.
According to the officers, the teenager was adjusting his belt "suspiciously" when they exited their vehicle to investigate and that he then pointed a .357 caliber revolver at them. The police officers between them fired a total of eleven shots at the boy, hitting him in his torso and legs. After the shooting, Gray was rushed to a hospital, but was declared dead on arrival.
According to Kimani's sister, Mahnefah Gray, she doubted that her brother was carrying a gun. She said he was rather grabbing his belt “to squeeze it” because he had a “skinny waist.”
On Saturday, hundreds gathered at a New York City church for an emotional, but peaceful, funeral for Kimani. Emotions ran high at the service, with friends speaking emotionally to the media.
"He was funny. And he always knew how to put a smile on my face," said Sidonie Smith, a childhood friend. "Anytime somebody was in a bad mood, he always knew how to make them happy."
Apparently the emotion of the service was too strong for the Gray family. Kimani's father fled the church as the choir sang "Amazing Grace" and his mother sobbed during the memorial.
The NYPD reportedly deployed a large security force in the area surrounding the church during the service, but there were no incidents or rioting.
On Sunday a rally was held for Justice for Kimani Gray. Nellie Bailey gives an impassioned speech in the video above, and below, Rev. Stephen Phelps speaks at the rally against "Stop and Frisk" and about self-regulation by the police :
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