Unrest pervaded a Brooklyn neighborhood for the third straight night, with youth and police officers clashing once again.
NEW YORK—The unrest began Monday night, days after a teenager was shot by police. The NYPD said he had a gun and pointed it at police officers, but one witness said Kimani “Kiki” Gray didn’t have a gun.
People have been holding candlelight vigils in East Flatbush, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, but it has often turned violent.
The family of the dead boy will hold a press conference on Thursday afternoon, according to the Associated Press. “It’s a tough time for the community,” said a spokesman, Rev. Gilford Monrose. “But the family and myself do not condone the violence.”
The violence on Wednesday evening ended with 46 arrests, with most being charged with disorderly conduct.
Kimani “Kiki” Gray, the young man who was killed, was shot at 11 times, and hit with six bullets, according to the autopsy.
A Facebook page has popped up for people who “want justice for Kimani Gray,” with many people in comments disparaging police tactics.
Councilman Jumaane Williams has said the unrest stems from people becoming increasingly disenchanted with tactics used by the NYPD, such as stop, question, and frisk, where officers pull aside people they deem suspicious and frisk them.
NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly has defended the tactic, saying it’s responsible for making the city safer.