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Mother Of Brooklyn Teen Shot By Police Speaks Out

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The mother of a city teen whose police-involved death has put a Brooklyn neighborhood on edge is speaking out against the department, saying she's having a difficult time believing the officers' accounts. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.

Carol Gray, the mother of Kimani Gray, said she can't believe the police version of what happened to her son Saturday night, when the 16-year-old was shot seven times and killed by two officers.

"Why second bullet? Why third bullet? Why fourth bullet?" she said. Why?"

Police say Gray appeared suspicious and pointed a .38 caliber gun at them when they approached to question him. That's when they opened fire.

There have been several street protests since the shooting. Protesters throwing bottles and other objects clashed with police Wednesday night. Forty-six people were arrested.

Carol Gray said violence is not the answer.

"I don't condone any riots, any looting, any shooting, anything against any police officers," she said. "Two police officers shot down Kimani, and I only want justice for two police officers to be off the street before they hurt another young kid."

"The best way to stop violence in our community is that we get justice," said City Councilman Charles Barron, whose Brooklyn district includes part of East Flatbush, the neighborhood where Kimani Gray was shot. "No pleas for peace is going to do it. Only justice."

At a growing memorial for the 16-year-old, City Councilman Jumaane Williams, whose Brooklyn district includes the section of East Flatbush where Kimani Gray was shot, was joined by the teen's dad, who did not want to speak. Williams said antagonists may be responsible for the violence.

"We think there were people who came in, probably well-intentioned, but they are using our young people's anger in the wrong way," Williams said.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that protests over the shooting are OK, but violence is not.

"I can promise you that we will conduct a full and fair investigation," Bloomberg said. "I understand there's anger in the community, but the ways to get answers is not through violence."

Bloomberg said he hasn't spoken with the family yet. The parents said they want the mayor to make sure there is a truly fair investigation.

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