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Mother of teen shot by New York police wants arrests

16 march 2013, 10:42
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The mother of a teenager fatally shot by police in New York demanded Thursday that the officers be arrested for the incident that has sparked rowdy protests in the boy's neighborhood, AFP reports.

"Two police officers shot down Kimani and I only want justice, the two police to be off the street before they hurt another young kid," said Carol Gray, the mother of the 16-year-old shot to death late Saturday in Brooklyn's East Flatbush neighborhood.

Police said the teen brandished a gun and pointed it at the officers, who have since been suspended.

But the family denies Gray was armed.

An autopsy revealed that Gray had been shot seven times, including three times in the back. Although the report did not detail the order in which the bullets struck Gray, the revelations increased tensions among the already furious community.

There have been protests every night since Monday, with some demonstrators accusing police of being overly aggressive in one of the most difficult areas of the city.

A candlelight vigil turned rowdy late Wednesday, when about half of the 200 protesters marched to a nearby police station, prompting uniformed cops in riot gear to set up a roadblock, The New York Times reported.

Two officers suffered minor injuries during the disturbances.

A police spokeswoman said 46 people were arrested for "rioting."

Last year, similar protests were sparked by the shooting of a 23-year-old by a narcotics detective. Authorities said the suspect was trying to escape police in a stolen car.

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