Kathleen Horan, Reporter, WNYC News
Kathleen Horan is a staff reporter for New York Public Radio, covering the neighborhood beat. She also reports 'Reset', an ongoing series documenting police-community relations in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
About 100 protestors rallied and marched to the 67th police precinct in East Flatbush, Brooklyn on Sunday calling for an independent investigation into the shooting of 16-year-old Kimani Gray. He was killed by plainclothes officers on March 9.
"I see this almost every day. Police profiling," said resident Tracy Carter. “They are harassing innocent black kids. The children are afraid of the police. The police are supposed to be friends to the children," she said, looking visibly upset.
Carter supports the ongoing protests because she said she’s worried about her own children’s safety. Others in the neighborhood said they, too, were taking part in the demonstration because they were concerned about how officers deal with young people.
The rally and march was organized by members from a number of community activist groups, including Stop Mass Incarceration Network and Parents Against Police Brutality. Participants from pro-worker organizations and Occupy Wall Street were also in attendance. By evening, the NYPD said they made one arrest for disorderly conduct.
Some protesters dismissed Councilman Jumaane Williams' suggestion earlier this month that lawless behavior in past protests for the Gray shooting was sparked by people from outside of the community. Occupy Wall Street member and Manhattan resident Bill Dobbs said it’s right he should be there marching because police-community relations affect everyone.
"This police issue is not just impacting one community. It is really poisoning relations across the city. So it’s important that people respond to that," he said.
Gray was shot by plainclothes officers after they said he pulled a gun on them.
The Brooklyn DA has said his office is investigating the shooting.