Riots in Brooklyn After Police fatally Shoot Teenager
Kimani Gray, 16, died over the weekend. His death triggered protests in Flatbush, a community in Brooklyn where distrust of the police runs deep.
According to police, plainclothes officers were on patrol in their car in Flatbush when they saw a group of men gathered on the street at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
As the officers got closer, Kimani Gray broke from the group and adjusted his waistband. The teen “continued to act in a suspicious manner,” so the officers got out of their unmarked car and tried to get his attention, said a NYPD statement.
Kimani Gray then “turned on them,” it said, and pointed a .38-caliber revolver at the officers. They fired at the teenager, striking him.
The teen died at a hospital, and a loaded .38 was recovered from the scene, the statement said.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the country:
Virginia Trooper Shot, Killed; Suspect Charged
A Virginia State Police trooper was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Thursday.
Master Trooper Junius A. Walker, 60, was shot multiple times, state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.
Walker, who was patrolling alone, called for backup after being fired upon just before 1:30 p.m. ET.
A second trooper arrived within two minutes and saw a male suspect firing into Walker's marked police vehicle, which was down an embankment off the southbound lanes of Interstate 85, Geller said.
Walker, a 40-year State Trooper veteran, is survived by his wife and two daughters.
“Virginia has lost a brave public servant and hero,” Virginia Governor McDonnell said.
No riots have been reported.
I was just informed that Trooper Walker was conducting his last patrol; he'd submitted his retirement papers the day before. He died in the Line of Duty . . . now he is in Valhalla. Honor him - S.L.