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Kimani Gray, 16, New York 'Stop-and-Frisk' Shooting Victim Buried
Kimani Gray, 16, New York ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Shooting Victim Buried

In Afghanistan if a Taliban does not pose a threat to the troops and he is shot 7 times in the back while trying to flee, there is a strong possibility that the shooter could be tried by court-martial.

On March 9th, Kimani Gray, a 16-year-old also known by the nickname "Kiki" was shot 7 times, mostly in the back. Gray was shot and killed in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The shooting have drawn new national attention to a collection of police tactics used nationwide, including stop and frisk, and random traffic stops to initiate vehicle searches or warrant checks.

Gray's home-going was held at the St. Catherine of Genoa Catholic Church on Saturday, March 23rd.

Exactly what happened, leading to Gray's death, is unclear and remains the subject of a NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau for review and investigation. Police say when plain-clothes officers jumped out of a car, and ordered Gray and a group of teenagers on their way to a Sweet 16 party to stop for questioning, Gray allegedly pointed a weapon at the officers. Police fired, killing Gray. Witnesses say that Gray was unarmed, and was attempting to adjust his baggy pants and possibly trying to flee when he was shot in the back. An autopsy found that some of the seven bullets pumped into Gray's body entered through the back of his body. Police are also saying that Gray is a gang member and that he pulled a gun on cops before he was shot. Witnesses at the scene of the shooting are saying it is all a lie told by the police.

Gray’s death has ignited series of clashes with police that New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has said were prematurely and inaccurately reported as riots. According to the NYCLU, in 2011 NYPD officers conducted more than 14,000 police stops just in Bedford-Stuyvesant alone. Nearly 92 percent of individuals stopped were black or Latino, and less than 4 percent of those stops resulted in an arrest, it said.

Sean Bell's case, that the rule of engagement is different in African-American and Latino communities. In the case of Bell, 23-year-old, three police officers were cleared of all charges in his 2006 shooting. Bell, who was unarmed, died after a hail of 50 bullets were pumped into his body by N.Y police officers hours before his wedding.

Similarly, in 1999, Amadou Diallo, 23-year-old, unarmed Senegalese immigrant without any criminal record was shot dead in a hail of 41 bullets by four white New York City cops in the vestibule of his home. The Albany, New York jurors found the officers not guilty of all charges.

After reading the story of Gray, one might ask, 'Why did he run from the police,' if he was innocent as claimed by his family? He ran; possibly, out of fear! Having worked with teenagers, I am tempted to assume that he might have ran due to several possible reasons. Could it be that he had some cigarettes, marijuana or alcohol in his possession at the time? Assuming the consequences, that is, if caught, could lead to him getting in trouble. Maybe he might have ran thinking that was the best option at the time.

Or, to rewind America's racist clock, blacks have always been running. In the 1800's, a black man will run from the law because he was in possession of an outrageously deadly weapon – some kindergarten reading worksheets that 10-year-old “Missy” at the plantation had given him when she taught him how to read the alphabet.

The New York City stop-and-frisk program is a practice of the New York City Police Department by which a police officer who reasonably suspects a person has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a felony or a penal law misdemeanor, stops and questions that person, and, if the officer reasonably suspects he or she is in danger of physical injury, frisks the person stopped for weapons.

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