TEHRAN, YJC. -- At least 45 people have reportedly been arrested as protesters clashed with riot police in Brooklyn's East Flatbush neighborhood in a rally against police brutality following a boy’s killing on Saturday.
Police cracked down on the neighborhood as New Yorkers came out for a third night of mass demonstrations at Brooklyn's 67th Precinct in East Flatbush where police Saturday gunned down Kimani Gray, a 16-year-old youth who they said had been brandishing a gun.
According to autorsy results, he was shot four times in the front of his body and three times in the back. Police and witness reports differ on whether the teen had been threatening officers with a gun before he was killed.
Brooklyners were shouting "murderers!” at the police, who blocked off the street and prepared orange nets to keep people in place as helicopters patrolled the area. "About 45 arrests so far, lot of young black women in particular,” A Twitterer posted on its page.
Commercial media chose to black out the demonstration, focusing on the papal election in the Vatican. The coverage was taken up by activists who reported massive arrests and police stepping up its presence in one of New York's poorest neighborhoods.
"Media reporting on new Pope for 20 straight hours while helicopters & riot gear are deployed on the streets of New York,” an anonymous Twitterer said.