Police flood Brooklyn neighborhood in third night of brutality protest (PHOTOS)

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The demonstration began at Brooklyn’s 67th Precinct in EastFlatbush, the part of New York’s Brooklyn section where Gray wasshot to death by police on Saturday. Witness and police accountsdiffer on whether Gray was brandishing a weapon before he waskilled.Brooklynites were heard shouting “murderers!” at themassive police presence Wednesday as officers prohibited peoplefrom even stepping onto the street in one of New York’s poorerneighborhoods and police helicopters circled overhead.Participants on Twitter reported multiple arrests, as well aspolice getting ready to use orange nets to keep people in place.New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, who represents theneighborhood, was said to be arrested, but he took to Twitter todisconfirm the reports.Reinforcements were brought into the neighborhood early in theevening after a police car’s rear windshield was smashed at thetense but generally peaceful demonstration, where several otherpeople are reported to have been arrested.”The block is closed,” a police officer told Ustream userstopmotionsolo as he tried to film the protest. “Party’sover,” the officer added.Gray’s killing struck a nerve in East Flatbush, where in August2012, 23-year-old Shantel Davis was shot to death by a policeofficer after being dragged out of her car. The officer claimed shehad stolen the car she was driving at gunpoint. She bled todeath.RT has been covering the East Flatbush rallies in memory of Grayfrom day one, and spoke to legendary civil rights activist CarlDix, who has spent much of his career advocating against policebrutality.The NYPD has long struggled with accusations of systematicracism, and Dix says US authorities have their priorities mixedup.“The police – whenever they murder or kill a black or Latinoyouth – it is always justifiable homicide. The witnesses tell adifferent story, and this happens again and again,” Dix toldRT.“We should live in a society where those who are entrustedwith public security would sooner risk their own lives than murderor injure an innocent person. But it’s the other wayaround.”“People are frustrated, people are angry,” Dix said ofthe Brooklyn rallies in recent days. “And I’m not going tocondemn them for standing up expressing their anger – because thereal violence in this case begins with the killing of KimaniGray.”

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Police flood Brooklyn neighborhood in third night of brutality protest (PHOTOS)


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