One year after police killing: ‘Justice for Kimani’


Kimani 'Kiki' Grayoriginally by: Workers World 
published: 21 March 2014

Close to 200 people participated in a March 9 vigil, march and rally in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, N.Y., to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of Kimani “Kiki” Gray, a 16-year-old Black male who was fatally shot 11 times by two plainclothes officers as he lay on the ground.

Kimani, widely known as “Kiki,” was killed on March 9, 2013, by Sgt. Mourad Mourad and Officer Jovaniel Cordova, who together have been involved in five federal lawsuits over the last several years costing a total of $215,000 in settlements.

Kimani’s shooting sparked a week of militant protests led by his friends, family and community residents, exposing the rampant police terror and occupation of East Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Starting with a 4 p.m. vigil at a local church, over 100 people listened to various speakers, including Kimani’s teacher and school principal. The vigil was then followed by a spirited march and rally that swelled in size at the corner of 55th Street and Church Avenue, where Kimani was killed. Still devastated by the lost of her child, Carol Gray leaned on her family members and Black elected officials Jumaane Williams and Charles Barron for support during the march.

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