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The national media has been criminally silent on the story of Kimani Gray, the sixteen year old Brooklyn teenager who was shot and killed by undercover NYPD this past weekend.
Today RT.com reports that eighteen have been arrested as New Yorkers continue their third night of protests in the neighborhood of Flatbush.
On March 10th the Gothamist wrote
Police said two Brooklyn South Anti Crime plainclothes officers had been on patrol when they noticed young males near 473 East 52nd Street. According to the NYPD's statement, the cops noticed one "break away from the group upon noticing the police. The male... adjusted his waistband and continued to act in a suspicious manner. The officers exited their unmarked auto and attempted to engage the suspect, who turned on them, and pointed a .38 caliber revolver at the officers. Both officers fired at the suspect, striking him about the body."
Witness Devonte Brown has a different story and tells the NY Daily News,
The cops, they just jumped out of the car so fast. They started shooting him and he went down. He was bleeding, holding his side, screaming, ‘Stop, stop!
RT has more on the latest.
This past Saturday a crowd broke out in riot after a gathering of men, women, and children recieved rounds of rubber bullets from police officers. The incident occured after the community demanded answers about the shooting and killing of a young man who witnesses say was shot from behind, and was unarmed. Click to see local news coverage:
via Daily Mail
It has recently been reported that Mexican undocumented immigration to the United States has reached net zero, that is that amount of people leaving equals the amount of people entering. Heightened border militarization and a shaky economy have forced many immigrants reconsidering life in the U.S. The net zero reality isn't much reflected in the persistent moral panic about immigration. Does the murder of two undocumented immigrants by armed vigilantes in camouflage garb reflect an reasonable American concern about the effects immigration or perceived fear founded on racism?
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