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The NYPD Declares Martial Law in Brooklyn

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On the heels of three nights of protests over the police slaying of 16 year old Kimani Gray, the NYPD has turned the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn into a State of Exception, claiming emergency powers to suspend the constitutional guarantees of the citizenry.

The people regularly targeted by police harassment and violence, overwhelmingly the city’s poor and minority populations, have taken to the streets to speak out against the NYPD’s draconian tactics. The police have in turn responded with even further harsh measures by suppressing the right of the people to voice dissatisfaction with that very same police force.

Cops kettled protesters at Wednesday night’s candlelight vigil, resulting in 46 arrests. Police even arrested Kimani Gray’s distraught sister, Mahnefeh.

The NYPD euphemistically calls the public spaces in which the Constitutional rights of the people are suspended “frozen zones.”

Allison Kilkenny wrote about the NYPD’s so-called “frozen zones” in December 2011:

“The ‘frozen zone’ is an arbitrary, official police business-sounding title that has absolutely zero legal merit. It’s something the NYPD made up, just as the ‘First Amendment zone’ is something [Los Angeles Mayor Antonio] Villaraigosa made up to suppress media coverage of the Occupy raids.”

According to FIERCE, the “frozen zone” in East Flatbush is being used to prevent media from covering the protests and arrests. Meanwhile, people inside the “frozen zone” can be subjected to arrest merely by exercising their constitutional rights.

“It basically means the area is under temporary martial law,” writes FIERCE. “The last times the NYPD declared a Frozen Zone was on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and during the beginning of OWS.”

An arbitrary dictate that arrests protest and free speech, set forth by the institution that is itself the target of the protests, creates a potentially dangerous precedent of placing the NYPD beyond reproach.

Occupy Austin reposted this poignant summary of events by Jen Roesch as they were unfolding in Brooklyn last night:

“East Flatbush, Brooklyn is under martial law as the NYPD declares it a ‘frozen zone’. Media are being monitored and kept from moving and reporting freely. Dozens of arrests and much brutality. Kimani was shot in the back seven times; a witness is sure he was unarmed; multiple reports are coming out that the police had been waging a campaign of harassment against the young man (including taunting him about a friend who had died in a car accident and threatening to shoot him when he tried to leave). This is just blocks from where Shantel Davis was shot, dragged from her car and left to bleed to death in the street last summer. After that shooting, police went to all the surrounding delis and confiscated their surveillance videos. Residents in the neighborhood live in a state of terror. Heartbreaking, enraging, the stuff that riots are made of. This city is at a breaking point.”

Kimani Gray’s parents are scheduled to hold a press conference this evening to address the March 9 police slaying of their young son.…-brooklyn/


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    • James Smith

      Maybe the New York police should have their guns confiscated, all of them.

    • W. Willow

      Will martial law be achieved incrementally, city by city — death by a thousand cuts?

      • Mirabolin

        What else did you think blacks were for? It will just be a repeat of the so called end of slavery when the rest of the country was deported from their citizenship and into a citizenshiP with blacks.

    • free_state_of_ms

      if the south would had won we would have it made lol :grin:

      • rooster

        If the south would have won this country would be greater than ever!

    • Hajiki

      They shouldn’t have been unruly, then this wouldn’t have happened. Brought it on themselves.

      • aussie

        Your saying exactly want they want you to say..people with that opinion are playing their game..maybe a time under the thumb of dodgy authority will change your mind eh!

      • aussie

        Matter of your boots it was setup that way to begin the martial law..big fat excuse..

        • Authentica

          Don’t worry, Hajiki is just the latest resident shill here at BIN, representing government mind police. Your tax-payer dollars hard at work America.

      • Anonymous

        Folks rallying and voicing their opinions in a protest should not exempt them from their constitutional rights to do so. If we allow the police to declare MARTIAL LAW when ever they are uncomfortable with folks in the community, then WE are not being American. We are Being like NAZI’S. When Hitler rounded up the jews and gypsies, none of the German citizens stood against it. Let us not repeat history here in America. These folks are justly upset. They SAID that police had been targeting the boy and threatening him. I think police have been given a GREEN LIGHT when it comes to harassing people of certain communities. We don’t let them treat illegal immigrants this way, but we are allowing them to treat American citizens this way.

        • Joerg Klaemt

          He rounded up the wrong People,as those with Money paid their way in Gold to leave for America to continue what they started,leaving behind their poorer Brothers and Sisters knowing that they will perish . Wake up look around who controls America? The NAZIS? Don’t be stupid . You know who owns you and your Federal Reserve Private Bank!
          As long as you feed Parasites they will not leave its Host. You know what’s next………

      • bc

        Exactly! Why did they shut things down..because these idiots are looting and committing crimes. to people and businesses. But, it’s not their fault now is it and how dare we expect them to take personal responsibility for their actions.
        Not that I’m siding with the cops but seriously people. WTF gives them the right to act that way? Ill-raised thugs that blame society for everything. The heck with it..pull all of the cops out and let them fight it out.

      • bladerunner

        Hajiki what are you saying, wake up man, sooner or later they will come for you too, who is going to save you then

    • muscltory

      These are not real cops, they are mearly the Mayors puppets.

      • ********

        You obviously do not know what the acronym COP stands for……

        Corporate Owned Police = COP

        City Owned Police = COP

        COPs are owned by the city which is nothing more than a corporation.

        So yes they are real COPs…


        Abolish the CITY POLICE DEPARTMENTS.

        Rely on the County Sheriff and deputies to ENFORCE THE LAWS of the county.

        The Sheriff is ELECTED by THE PEOPLE and can be voted out if the Sheriff or the deputies get out of line.

        Telling the city to do something about its employees is like telling Walmart to do something about its employees….

        You are being screwed by CORPORATE FASCISM

        What will you do about it?

        • ElOregonian

          “You obviously do not know what the acronym COP stands for……”

          Actually, COP is usually referred to as a shortening of the word “Copper”, which police were called back many years ago due to cheaper copper badges that were issued to officers. Although your acronym fits perfectly.

          I’d be more worried about the muppet’s in plain brown wrappers that are patrolling within those police areas and possibly going off the rails…

    • technogeek

      Most likely you are correct Aussie, if you ask me the whole fascist,capitalist regime of tyranny needs to go. There is no reason the globes resources can’t be harnessed in a way so that everybody lives an equally satisfieing life doing meaningful work. Not because they have to, but because they want to.

      • Realist

        And what if somebody doesn’t want to work? Will you force him or her to work regardless?

        If you do, you are no better than the fascist, tyrannical regime you claimed to oppose.

        Can’t have it both ways, dear.

        • Larry

          Naa….if they dont want to work, let them starve or beg untill they acquire the desire to contribute. Very simple, not tyrannical. They are “free” to make their own “choices”. Obviously, (to anyone with a heart) there would be special concideration for the people who are UNABLE to work due to medical conditions or perhaps a single responsible mother who has her hands full. Those who WILLINGLY contribute to society would also WILLINGLY contribute to help those in need.

        • WONTGIVEUP

          what do you mean, doesnt want to work,, every one needs to work, we dont all like our jobs, but thats life,, if your not wanting to pull your own weight then some one else has to do it for you… and that aint right either………

    • 33rd

      America when will you learn that YOU do not own the State, The State owns you.

      The moment a real and lasting revolutionary movement takes hold. They will release the virus and kill you all.

      Go ahead try to revolt. I dare you.

      • Live Free or Die

        33rd, when will YOU learn that their IS NO STATE without the consent of the governed?

        The last time America OWNED me was the last time I filed a tax return and paid them money some 20+ years ago. I haven’t supported the TERRORIST US govt since and I never will again as long as they keep using the money to murder innocent babies. I WILL NOT allow my Karma to be adversely affected by supporting terrorism and terrorists.

        Do YOU pay the TERRORIST US GOVT CRIMINAL organization money? If so, you’re also supporting mass murder and you will be dealt with properly by Karma in good time.

      • Larry

        Baaaaaahahahahah……and then WHO would SUPPORT the glorified welfare cases? If they kill us, who would they tax? Lololo….without our tax dollars, or people to “govern”, they will be jobless and broke. They would have to fend for themselves. Nobody to do things for them. They would have to farm, WORK….for their own survival……baaaaaahahahahah….their “important job”…..lmao…..would die with us.

    • aussie

      I second that !!

    • Mellissa

      Rather pathetic to set up these media free zones, it really reminds me of the fact that media is not allowed in Syria, and any of the middle east areas that are in revolt. After the circus Egypt became when they started their revolt.

      There should be no such thing as media free zones, the media was given the power it has to root out and expose the shady governments and bushiness, not yap about sex scandals all day long. Given by the government to prevent the world we have today from happening.

    • The Lords Knight

      This story can not be verified. Please provide correct story links.

    • ICanSeeYou

      Stand up and fight, or lay down and die.

      • aussie

        Matter of fact aust was disarmed…bent over and took it..our nest isnt prickly enough yet, but coming real soon..and the word copper is and english and irish word, not about bronze..Myself i will fight back any one who treats me like dirt cos they think they better than, especially if they do it with guns..thats my irish or fight..die fighting and keep my pride..thats more important than living in hell

        • Anonymous

          australia was not disarmed idiot.. you just gotta look at all the shootings every day.

      • bladerunner

        I am with aussie (and a Turk too) I rather die while fighting then dragged to a ditch and shot. The way this is going that is about to happen. No wild animal walks to his own death willingly. UNTILL THE LAST DROP OF MY BLOOD IWILL FIGHT. Just hope that it doesn’t come to that

    • McElchap

      The NYPD is the fascist army of dictator Bloomberg. The TV show “Blue Blood” is just another PR psyop and, while Tom Selleck is a great actor, his portrayal of an NYPD Commissioner is just an attempt at whitewash. Of course, we have our rights, except when a cop says we don’t! What happened to unalienable God-given rights that the Bill of Rights says are not to be infringed? The government, at all levels, is out of control and feels they are not retrained by constitutional law and that all of our constitutional rights are merely privileges government can ignore or revoke any time. It is time for the Second American Revolution. We must live free or die trying! :mad:

    • clockwork angel

      I can remember when the police would protect and serve citizens now they enforce the laws of those they protect an serve

    • VoiceOfReason

      NYPD doesn’t have this kind of authority, so if this is happening I suggest someone contact that county’s Sheriff’s Office for intervention.

    • Jenab6

      Too bad this is NYC, where the citizens are disarmed. If this happened in some other part of the country, the citizens should shoot back, and they would keep shooting back. Policemen die, too, you know. And there are more civilians than police. I’ll bet the last man standing will be a civilian. Let the government run out of its tin soldiers once, and then watch what happens when they try to hire more.

      • Joerg Klaemt

        You can’t have arms in a population of mainstream Bloomberg & Jews.
        Only they will have them,being the masters in control …mark my words.

    • southerndiscomforts

      Whatever you guys think of what’s happening in my city … spread the word. They’re shutting down these links as fast as they find them.

      Spread the word.

    • Cap-Z-ro

      ” The NYPD Declares Martial Law in Brooklyn ”

      That just makes it official thats all.

    • hesawildone

      Where is their local militia? Why do they not have one protecting them from the police? Why are they not carrying side arms??
      Why do they put up with this?

      • Ravyn

        It’s NYC, the citizens are not allowed to have guns. I don’t know how far the gun ban extends in the city, if it’s literally no firearms at all or just most are not allowed, or whether it extends to the rest of the state, but that’s why no militia is in Brooklyn coming to the rescue.

        The fact that gun crime has gone down since a full gun ban was enacted is what NYC officials use to justify it, but there still is plenty of gun crime there. Criminals can and will always be able to get guns, whether across a state border or on a black market. It’s a city with millions of people, there will always be crime when that many people are packed into an urban space…which is exactly why I prefer living in the rural mountains. We do have our own problems out here, but we aren’t stacked on top of each other and we are difficult to get to for the average criminal. Plus we’re allowed to be armed (for now).

        • Joerg Klaemt


          Agreed less Gun crime as Citizen can not shoot the Criminal.
          Plenty of gun crime because the Criminals still have and use them.
          You just eliminated the defense to arrive at those Figures. Totally unfair.
          Bet you more innocent people get killed by Guns than in a State that upholds the second amendment guaranteeing you the right to defend your life.
          Wouldst be surprised if the political arena and jewish store owners,Bankers. have a sealed weapon permit

    • Mo Money

      You have a right to Protest, not riot…grow a brain! When you riot you declare war…When you destroy personal property your a criminal…and deserve to be locked up after being pepper sprayed really really good…lol! Ha, Grow a brain! :idea:
      I’m your daddy

      • Anonymous

        You can take it to the bank, that if they had rioted as you say, Mr. Troll, I promise you it would have been slashed all over the news instead of a black out. Why do you think the zionist owned press blacked it out? Because they were peaceful and careful not to do any harm or damage, but they were out in huge numbers, and that is the only reason, to politically protect the major WHO SENT THEM TO ISRAEL TO TRAIN ON HOW TO POLICE IN A NAZI POLICE STATE JUST LIKE ISRAEL DOES IN PALESTINE.

        That is why no press, they don’t want it to look like Palestine. Well, most of us with a brain, have figure that out, while a few of you still are sucking up the chemically laden foods that prevent your brain from reaching critical thinking stages of analysis.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks, Obama.

    • midwestgrandma

      Just a precursor of things to come.

      The answer to free speech is Martial Law and suspending of our Constitutional Rights.

      Once the government disarms us the real fun will start.

      Why the civic unrest?

      Geee wonder if it’s because our government has allowed all the big corporations to hand over most of our jobs to foreigners overseas and non-Americans here???

      Wonder if it’s a high unemployment or slave employment rate with the people who do the real work making next to nothing while the CEO’s make tens of millions of dollars?

      Wonder if it’s bailing out the big banks and financial corporations and funding more war?

      Wonder if it’s treating the US Citizen like a criminal?

      Wonder if it’s our corrupt voting and justice system?

      Wonder if it’s the hope and change we were promised now seen as empty words?

      W. Willow sees the coming scenario, death by a thousand cuts.

      Today Brooklyn – tomorrow?

      And we just keep keyboarding or living in denial.

    • gunrunner

      :twisted: that make’s 3 cities in a week that have gone under martial law,,ever wonder what is going on ??

    • Anonymous

      NY’s treasonous mayor, Bloom “I love Israel” berg, sent the NYPD to Israel about 2 months ago to train with the Israeli police who use brutality on the pals, daily, so now we know why that treasonous mayor did it. He wants us to be like Palestine under his Israeli loving thumb. Well, if I know the New Yorkers of old, I don’t care what neighborhood he tries his gestapo tactics in, he will feel the weight and wrath of New Yorkers and that won’t be a pretty site when they get through with him. I bet they attack and bring down all those banks who bought that mayor.

    • PeckerWood

      I’m not blaming the NYPD for what others are creating through political lies. These scum bags are rioting out of claims of racism when all of the cops that shot him for pointing a .38 pistol at them were BLACK and HISPANIC.

      Yeah so what if they shot him 11 times. As most people are saying today fighting for their second amendment rights, I need as many bullets as it will take.

      Besides, one cop might hold back from shooting while the kids shoots another. They don’t play paper rock scizzors to see who will shoot because it takes to long and can end with people dying by this stupid kid.

      Everyone hates cops until they save your ass, right?

      • Jack Heart

        People like you make me sick, and yes I’m white and proud of it too. What pig patch from outta Arkansas are you from? The NYPD has been using the citizens here for target practice since the Black Panthers (and its to bad we Whites don’t have the chutzpah to form such a group). i will give you just three examples, off the top of my head, that you can mull over in between feeding your pigs and your fat toothless wife. Who can forget Sean Bell who while leaving a topless bar celebrating an upcoming wedding was gunned down for no reason. He and three of his friends were accosted by some coked out drunken undercover cops who shot hem over 50 times. One cop even emptied his clip reloaded then emptied another one. Sean Bell and his friends were unarmed.In the Bronx four Black college students were pulled over when the driver didn’t produce his papers fast enough cops emptied a fusillade of bullets into the car. Think it only happens to Blacks? A few months ago a White kid was driving home from his job at a club, he had two girls in the car with him, he was pulled over and arbitrarily shot dead through the window. he was unarmed. Nothing ever happened to any of these cops in fact they are all still on duty. And as far as cops saving anybody’s life? I don’t know anybody who’s lives were ever saved by a cop although I know plenty whose lives were ruined through overzealous enforcement of absurd DWI laws (yes my 76 year old senile mother is a better driver than Dale Earnhardt Junior if junior has drank two beers) and draconian obscene drug laws (did not Jesus tell you to remove the beam from your own eye before you removed the splinter from your brothers). If you ever made a remark like you just did on this post in front of me someone else would have to feeding your pigs. i got my my on story want to read it?

    • Anonymous

      its actually quite amusing watching amerika self destruct as it wreaks havoc around the globe, quite fitting really, a taste of their own medicine. you reap what you sow.

      • midwestgrandma

        You are right, but unfortunately, this is going to go global.

        It is called, The New World Order, satan’s NWO and Kissinger, Reagan, both Bush Jr., and Bush Sr., the Clintons and now Obama have promised it and gently ushered it in.

        The capstone on the pyramid with the all seeing eye of lucifer is already in place.

        Get right with God, the one true God, via through His Son, Yeshua, because time is running out.

        I have been Agnostic, Pagan and Buddhist most of my life, but, at least to me, it has become evident that we are beginning to enter into the time of woes.

        Again, get right with God. There is no in the middle, we are all involved in this cosmic chess match and you are either on the side of God or satan.

        5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: 6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. 8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows. Mark 13:5-8

        • Anonymous

          shut your idiotic religulous hole.

    • Anonymous


      Wow I must have missed that section of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights that allows the police department to suspend the Constitution. Could someone please post the section granting the police department that right. In fact could you post the section that allows anyone including the President to do that accept in a time of declared war or invasion?

      Please someone enlighten me. Oh and signing statements made by the President granting himself that power are not Constitutional. If they were he could legally abolish the Constitution all together. Come to think of it maybe this was done years ago and they just forgot to tell the rest of us………

    • JOE

      Maybe the moron who wrote this article, should mention to the other morons who are commenting on it, that this animal they are rioting for, pulled a gun out on the cop, that is why he is dead today. If he wasnt shot, maybe he would of killed the hardworking taxpayer cop instead, then I would really love to hear how you morons defend this criminal. You people are the reason why this country kinda sucks lately.

      • Joerg Klaemt

        “the police had been waging a campaign of harassment against the young man”
        ‘After that shooting, police went to all the surrounding delis and confiscated their surveillance videos’.
        That alone sets up a red flag for me.
        Like Sandy Hook and the pentagon all surveillance Videos confiscated,no videos of Osama.
        Is the U.S.A. incompetent or just simply evil?

      • Mirabolin

        “this animal they are rioting for, pulled a gun out on the cop”

        But THAT is the point! He didn’t do nothing!!! If there were any justice he should have been able to shoot as many people as possible and get away with it. It’s NOT fair! Sociopaths shouldn’t be required to behave ethically!!! Hopefully the booty rioters will make that clear!

    • nicolae pop

      This is real face of a criminal establishment. Where are human right so claimed?Here ww have only a police state.

    • king_morbid

      “Shot in the back.” “Unarmed.”

      Crap reporting at it’s finest. I have better sources than you and I’m not in journalism.

    • Mirabolin

      “The people regularly guilty of police harassment and violence, overwhelmingly the city’s unemployable minority populations”


      The dickhead with a record was running with a gun!

    • DuaneUrban

      Cops have the right to commit murder so what do expect especially in NYC?

    • Nam Marine

      SO WHAT ?

    • starwhite

      The police officers were doing their job to the very best of their ability’s. This Black kid drew a GUN on two on duty police officers. No one can blame them for reacting the way they did. The kid might’ve been any color, but as it happened he was Black. The arrogance and mean spiritedness of the Black community in raging and creating havoc shows their lack of understanding. 100% of these rioters are Black, they are bent on destroying the city. If any of them had a moral compass or any common sense they lost it a long time ago. They should feel ashamed of themselves. I applaud any and all efforts to stop their insane rampage…as a result of their criminally hostile actions the jails and morgues will be overflowing. I’m so glad there are alomost no blacks in my area.

    • starwhite

      The police officers were doing their job to the very best of their ability’s. This Black kid drew a GUN on two on duty police officers. No one can blame them for reacting the way they did. The kid might’ve been any color, but as it happened he was Black. The arrogance and mean spiritedness of the Black community in raging and creating havoc shows their lack of understanding. 100% of these rioters are Black, they are bent on destroying the city. If any of them had a moral compass or any common sense they lost it a long time ago. They should feel ashamed of themselves. I applaud any and all efforts to stop their insane rampage…as a result of their criminally hostile actions the jails and morgues will be overflowing. I’m so glad there are almost no blacks in my area

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