Kimani Gray


Dead or in Jail: The Burden of Being a Black Man in America

There was a time when I vowed to never bring another black child into this world. "For what?" I thought. "To be beaten, to be caged, to be taught to hate himself and everyone who shares the same skin as him?"
Wilbert L. Cooper

Alleged Gun-Planting by Brooklyn Cops Raises New Questions About the Death of Kimani Gray

A report that the NYPD has allegedly planted guns on suspects in Flatbush, Brooklyn, further fuels the mystery surrounding the shooting death of a black teenager at the hands of plainclothes cops there last year.
Peter Rugh

Let's Not Get Hung Up on Property Damage When We Talk About Protests

News reports on protests that focus on broken windows or a shop's momentary loss of income are missing the broader context of why people take to the streets to demand change.
Rick Paulas

Autopsy Contradicts the Police's Account of Victor White III's Shooting in the Back of a Cop Car

The autopsy report offers some insight into what happened to the 22-year-old, but mostly serves to inspire a bunch of new indignant questions about how the police could claim he shot himself in the backseat of a cop car.
Wilbert L. Cooper
Opinion and Analysis

The Fight for Justice is a Fight Against the NYPD

Mothers of young men killed by cops demand reform. We must realize that this is not a campaign but a fight to be fought.
Natasha Lennard

Everyone's Tweeting Photos of Police Brutality Thanks to a Failed NYPD Hashtag

The cops launched a trending topic about how awful they are.
Harry Cheadle

Who Protects New Yorkers from the NYPD?

Nicholas Heyward is a haunted man. He is one of many New Yorkers who have lost loved ones to the police. The tragedy Heyward suffered has turned him into an activist. These days he spends much of his time calling for the Justice Department to review...
Peter Rugh

The Underachievers Talk About Stop-and-Frisk and Kimani Gray

The Underachievers have managed to rise up out of their Brooklyn neighborhood of Flatbush. But it wasn't long ago that they were getting stopped and frisked by the cops, just like the other hundreds of thousands of black and Latino male New Yorkers. I...
Wilbert L. Cooper

Kimani Gray and Two Weeks of Struggle in Flatbush, Brooklyn

Daily demonstrations in Flatbush began two weeks ago, after 16-year-old Kimani Gray was gunned down by two plainclothes cops with lengthy histories of misconduct, who ambushed the young man on the street, jumping from a vehicle and discharging seven...
Jarrod Shanahan