Witness Claims Kimani Gray ‘Didn’t Have Anything In His Hands’

Tishana King (pictured) allegedly witnessed the Kimani Gray (pictured below) shooting from her apartment window Saturday, and the Brooklyn resident is saying that the teen did not have a gun in his hands, contradicting police reports saying he aimed a .38-caliber pistol at officers, according to the New York Daily News.

Tishana King (pictured) allegedly witnessed the Kimani Gray (pictured below) shooting from her apartment window Saturday, and the Brooklyn resident is saying that the teen did not have a gun in his hands, contradicting police reports saying he aimed a .38-caliber pistol at officers, according to the New York Daily News.

 

From : NewsOne

In an exclusive interview, King says she went to her window in East Flatbush, after hearing loud noises outside. She claims she saw two men rapidly coming out of a burgundy-colored sedan. King adds that she didn’t realize the men were officers until one yelled, “Don’t move!” at the crowd of teens.

According to King,  the officers cornered the 16-year-old Gray. “His [Gray’s] hands were down…. Kimani started backing up,” she said. “The cop took out his gun and started firing at Kimani. I couldn’t believe he [the officer] let off his gun. There was no reason. No false move.”

Watch a news report about the Kimani Gray shooting here:

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The Kings County Hospital worker gave detectives a taped interview hours after the shooting. In her brief conversation with officials, though, which lasted under 10 minutes, King reportedly made no mention of Gray being unarmed; however, investigators didn’t ask King if she saw any gun.

NYPD policy prevents such questions from being asked.

“They’re [witnesses] just asked to say what happened in as much detail as they can remember,” a source told the News. The NYPD has withheld the names of the officers who fired 11 shots at Gray. The .38 revolver was recovered at the scene.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has stated that the shooting appeared to be within departmental guidelines.

More from NewsOne:

Her head wrapped in a black scarf and her tearful eyes concealed by sunglasses, Carol Gray held up a photograph of her 16-year-old son who was shot and killed by police.

Carol Gray, left, leans on City Councilman Charles Barron in Brooklyn, N.Y. Gray’s son Kimani “Kiki” Gray, 16, was shot to death on a Brooklyn street last Saturday night by plainclothes NYPD police officers who say the youth pointed a .38-caliber revolver at them, while Gray’s family says he was unarmed. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Carol Gray, left, leans on City Councilman Charles Barron in Brooklyn, N.Y. Gray’s son Kimani “Kiki” Gray, 16, was shot to death on a Brooklyn street last Saturday night by plainclothes NYPD police officers who say the youth pointed a .38-caliber revolver at them, while Gray’s family says he was unarmed. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The picture revealed a grinning boy wearing a blue cap and gown, his arms wrapped around his mother. It was taken the day he graduated from middle school.

“He was slaughtered,” Gray told a room filled with reporters. “And I want to know why.”

Gray held a sorrowful press conference on Thursday to talk about her son, Kimani Gray, the kid nicknamed “Kiki” who died on Saturday night after being shot seven times by two police officers. Police say the plain clothes officers opened fire after Gray pointed a gun at them.

A .38-caliber revolver purchased in Florida was recovered from the scene.

Gray was killed in front of his best friend’s house as he left a “Sweet 16″ birthday party, said his grieving mother, who doesn’t believe he could have pointed a gun at police.

“Today was very hard,” she said, and paused for a long moment before she was able to finish the sentence. “I had to choose the color of the casket that I wanted.”

The teenager’s death has provoked outrage in East Flatbush, the working-class area of Brooklyn where he lived and died, a place that is among the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods. Long-simmering resentment against the police officers who patrol these streets has erupted into violence in recent days, with 46 people arrested in the most recent protest on Wednesday night..

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