kimani “kiki” gray
Our new single is dedicated to Kimani Gray and victims of police violence, and features field recordings from The Flatbush Rebellion, the youth rebellion in Flatbush, Brooklyn after the police murder of teenager Kimani “Kiki” Gray, in 2013.
Artwork for the release was created by Brooklyn artist Hattwood; and New York street artist BAMN.
The lyrics mourn for those murdered by police violence, and “refuse to be comforted.”
the killing of kimani Gray
The police shooting of teenager Kimani “Kiki” Gray  took place in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, on Saturday, March 9, 2013, after Gray had attended his best friend’s birthday party . Undercover police approached Gray  and a group of other youth, and claim Gray reached for a gun in his waistband. This is disputed by Gray’s friends and family,  who claim Gray was only fixing his belt. A witness claimed Gray’s last words were, “Please don’t let me die.”  Gray was pronounced dead at Kings County Medical Center. One witness claimed, “I’m certain he [Gray] didn’t have anything in his hands.” 
Police claim the disputed gun found at the scene was loaded but not fired by Gray.  Police fired eleven shots at the teenager, hitting Gray seven times, three times in the back. 
The murder of Gray inspired The Flatbush Rebellion, where dozens of mostly youth were arrested for “disorderly conduct” in what police and media called “riots.”  “You’ve should’ve arrested, Kiki,” one youth told police when threatened with arrest, a nickname for Kimani Gray. 
Neither of the police officers who killed Gray were charged or found with wrongdoing. 
In 2018, Gray’s family agreed to a settlement. 
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