(Editor’s note: Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of skyrocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse. WND features these reports to counterbalance the virtual blackout by the rest of the media due to their concerns that reporting such incidents would be inflammatory or even racist. WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims.)
EDITOR’S NOTE: The links and video in the following report may contain offensive language.
Kiki Gray would never point a gun at a cop, said his family and friends.
He was a “good boy.” Kiki would never even carry a gun.
But if he did point it at two plain clothes cops in Brooklyn last Saturday night, Kiki would not have shot them.
After all, Kiki was only 16 years old and he was a “some mother’s son.”
The videos show a different picture of Kiki. A violent, lawless Kiki that perhaps his family and friends did not know.
More on that in a minute. First the killing, then the riot that followed Kiki’s death.
Friends say Kiki had just returned from a baby shower and was hanging out in front of a friend’s house last Saturday night.
The officers were members of a Brooklyn anti-crime task force. Kiki had a record of at least four arrests for inciting a riot, larceny, and grand theft auto.
When cops tried to question Kiki, he ran. While they were chasing him, Kiki pulled a .38 caliber hand gun out of his belt, say police.
Not true, said a story racing through the neighborhood soon after. Some heard Kiki begging for mercy, telling the police not to shoot him any more. “Stay down, or we’ll shoot you again,” said one of the officers, according to the New York Times.
Kiki died soon after. Then came the riot.
“These cops is ridiculous, they really are,” said one neighbor to PIX news. “Running around shooting people’s kids. They were just beating up on a boy on 51st, now they came down here and shot somebody’s child.”
“Kiki was a good boy, in school, just doing his thing,” another family friend told Channel 12 news in Connecticut.
And that is why 130 black people from Kiki’s Brooklyn neighborhood had a candlelight vigil for him that “devolved” into a race riot – violence a city councilman said was a surprise only insofar as it had not happened before.
While chanting “NYPD KKK,” rioters tossed bottles, rocks and trash cans at the police. They broke car windows. Tossed a TV at one car. Tried to break into a small business that specialized in African movies but the owners were able to fight the looters off by locking themselves into their store behind a rolling metal grate.
The fire department had to cut them out later.
“It was like the end of the world,” the video store owner told the New York Daily News.
Many of the 130 people broke into a drug store, trashed it, looted it, and tried to get the cash register. No luck there. They left after attacking the manager, employees and a security guard. They bashed a bottle over the head of a minister, stealing his iPhone before he was rushed to the emergency room.
While several media outlets downplayed the nature and extent of the violence – NBC called it a disorderly protest – the Daily News carried the most complete account of the riot. The paper talked to Mary John, a woman who lived in the path of the racial violence.
“People were standing up on vehicles. I saw them take garbage from the sidewalk and throw it onto the street. I saw someone take a TV and smash it into my neighbor’s car. They were throwing rocks at the cars. I said, ‘Oh my god! What’s going on here?’” she continued. “They were calling out, ‘Rest in peace, Kiki.’ I was shocked.”
A member of the New York City Council who represents the area said black people are upset for a lot of reasons. But no one is listening to them.
“There’s a lot of anger here,” said Councilman Jumaane Williams. Black people in New York City are unhappy at the city’s “stop and frisk” policy. And that is why they rioted. Not just for Kiki, he said.
“Police officers shooting black men, black men shooting black men, it’s a problem that needs to be dealt with. If they want to ignore it, it’s just going to keep happening,” said the councilman.
The Flatbush riots are just the latest in more than 450 examples of black mob violence and lawlessness documented in more than 85 cities in the book “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence to America and how the media ignore it.”
A Facebook Page, Justice for Kimani Gray, is full of gauzy memories, accusations of racism, and calls for justice. As well as a Trayvon-like picture of pre-adolescent Kiki, several years old.
Kiki,16, was younger than Trayvon Martin when a neighborhood watch captain shot him last year in Florida, provoking a firestorm of protest.
Unlike Trayvon, Kiki left some videos. Only no one is calling him Kiki, but Shapow. That is what he is known as in the Bloods, the Flatbush franchise of a well known street gang.
In one video from several months ago, Shapow, aka Kiki, wearing the trademark blood-red hooded sweater that identified him as a member of the gang, finds a 13-year old member of the dreaded rival Crips on the street.
With a camera phone rolling, Kiki taunted the Crip, and pulled off his necklace before stomping it into the ground. He and his friends slapped the Crip in the face before the boy went on his way.
The video was soon up on YouTube. And the Crips were not going to stand for that. So less than a month later, they found Kiki aka Shapow, in a Brooklyn McDonald's.
Again, with the cell phone camera rolling, complete with play by play coverage using language you might not find during a Sunday afternoon telecast of a golf match, we see the Crips taunting Kiki aka Shapow, challenging him to leave the McDonald's and come outside.
"You Shapow, right?" asked one of the Crips through the glass door at McDonald's.
Shapow wanted no part of that. And remained inside. So the Crips charged inside McDonalds and Kiki fled to the second floor of this spacious fast food restaurant.
Downstairs, the Crips were throwing chairs. Yelling out their gang affiliation. Flashing gang signs. Telling Kiki to come down. But they would not go up.
And there it ended.