EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn (PIX11) — It was a day of cleanup for many shop owners on Church Avenue, the day after a peaceful vigil for a Brooklyn teen killed by cops erupted into violence and chaos unleashed by looters and rioters.
At the Church Farm Market, new registers and scales were installed in the aftermath of the damage. A crowd of mostly young men — wearing hoods on their heads — barged into the neighborhood grocery store, destroying and vandalizing anything they could get their hands on.
One man even threw something at the defenseless cashier. The store’s owner said the clerk was OK, but shaken up. The store itself suffered between $3,000 and $4,000 in damage.
“I see them break the store down over there. I locked the doors and stayed inside,” said one local deli owner, Mike Nasser.
A store clerk at a Rite Aid on Church and Albany was punched and robbed of his cell phone.
The evening vigil was organized in memory of 16 year old, Kimani Gray, otherwise known in the neighborhood as Kiki.
The teen, who police say had several prior arrests, was shot Saturday by officers after Gray allegedly pointed a gun at them. Many in the neighborhood told PIX11 that last night’s riots broke out because some of Gray’s friends and family don’t believe the NYPD’s version of events.
City Councilman Jumaane Williams urged Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to come out and talk to residents here and address a growing level of mistrust in the community toward police officers.