Anger over Police Shooting of Another Unarmed Black Man in Brooklyn
- New York City 11/23/2014 by Linda Perry (WBAI)
Akai Gurley was shot to death in an East New York public housing complex on Thursday by a Rookie NYPD cop. Constance Malcolm, Ramarley Graham's mom @RiseUp4Ramarley tweeted, "As I fight for my son and all others, I now fight for #AkaiGurley as well. This anger is overwhelming."
On Saturday afternoon, there was a Harlem rally with family members at the National Action Network. Gurley's 18-year-old sister called her brother "an innocent guy walking down the stairs who was killed for no apparent reason at all."
Saturday evening in Brooklyn, protesters marched from the shooting scene to the 75th precinct and the police department office which patrols housing developments. New York Assembly member-elect Charles Barron, who has seen far too many police shootings of young black men, organized the march.“Killer cops must go,” Barron shouted. “Shut this city down!”
The NYPD said the fatal shooting was an accident, but march organizers said there was nothing accidental about Gurley's shooting. "This is the deadly consequence of the increasing militarization of the police, from New York City to Ferguson — and beyond."
Watch the livestream of the march below from citizen journalist @JamesFTInternet.
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