NEW YORK — Dozens of people in Brooklyn threw bottles and damaged some stores while protesting the fatal police shooting of a teenage boy this weekend.
Police say the rowdy group marched along Church Avenue near the 67 precinct station in East Flatbush following a vigil for 16-year-old Kimani Gray Monday night.
Dozens of people threw bottles and damaged stores while protesting.
One person was arrested on disorderly conduct charges. There were no reports of officers injured.
Authorities say Gray was with a group of other males in Brooklyn Saturday night and started acting suspiciously when he saw police in an unmarked car.
When officers identified themselves as they approached him, police say the teen pointed a .38-caliber revolver at the officers, who responded by firing 11 shots, striking him several times.
The two officers have been placed on administrative duty.
Councilman Jumaane Williams criticized Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly at a council hearing Tuesday for characterizing the community’s anger as a mere “disturbance.”
Kelly retorted he noticed Williams “didn’t’ mention anything about a 16-year-old with a gun that brought about this incident.”
Williams said the shooting and protest were not isolated incidents of how the NYPD reacts to minority neighborhoods. He said “It is about years of not being heard.”
Kelly said he attends community meetings all the time.