For the third consecutive night this week, protesters and mourners rioted on the streets of Brooklyn Wednesday to express their rage over the fatal police shooting of 16-year-old Kimani “Kiki” Gray Saturday night
The teen, a reputed Bloods gang member, was shot multiple times by two police officers after he allegedly pulled a revolver on the officers. Officials said they recovered a loaded .38 caliber black revolver with four bullets from the scene; however, it is unclear whether or not the weapon was drawn at the time officers opened fire.
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A reported 46 teens were arrested during Wednesday night's violent street riot. Bricks, bottles, and garbage were thrown at responding police officers. One officer was hit in the face with a brick during the melee, causing a gash to form on his face.
The clash with officers occurred in the East Flatbush area of Brooklyn, New York, where protesters marched toward the 67th Precinct stationhouse chanting, "NYPD, KKK, how many kids did you kill today?"
At one point during the march, a group broke away and sat on parked police motorcycles, police said. Officials pepper-sprayed and cuffed the teens on the motorcycles, triggering a more violent reaction from the crowd.
At least one window of a police inspector's cruiser was destroyed in the riot, according to NYPD Spokesperson Paul Browne. No injuries were reported among the protestors, which included Gray’s sister Mahnefeh who was arrested.
A group wearing red items of clothing emerged at the vigil, symbolizing their allegiance to the Bloods gang, of which Gray was a member, police said.
"They didn’t have to kill him. I’m feeling mad inside. I’m angry. That’s why I’m out here," Makaeo Williams, 18, said as police followed him, The New York Daily News reported.
City Councilman Jumaane Williams, whose Brooklyn district encompasses the area where the shooting and riot occurred, was present at the protest Wednesday night, one day after Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly accused him of instigating Monday's riot.
Williams, who has criticized the NYPD in the past, posted a tweet on Wednesday that many thought alluded to the riots.
"Please stay the HELL out of our community will only agitate our kids. It’s dangerous and counterproductive," he wrote.
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The mob eventually dispersed and reunited at the original site of the vigil for Kimani Gray
, where the parents of Ramarley Graham, an unarmed teenager fatally shot by police in the Bronx last year, were waiting, the New York Daily News reported.
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