Dozens arrested at protest for teen shot by New York police

Dozens of people were arrested as protesters and police clashed at a vigil over the recent fatal police shooting of a New York City teenager, authorities said Thursday.

"There were 46 people arrested because of rioting" Wednesday night at the candlelight vigil in Brooklyn's East Flatbush neighborhood, a police spokeswoman told AFP.

Two officers suffered minor injuries during the disturbances, which began when about half of the 200 protesters marched to a nearby police station, the New York Times reported, prompting uniformed cops in riot gear to set up a roadblock.

Saturday night, a 16-year-old identified as Kimani Gray was shot and killed by police after he brandished a gun at the officers, police said.

The two officers involved in the shooting have been suspended.

The autopsy on Wednesday revealed that Gray had been shot seven times, including three times in the back. Although the report did not detail the order in which the bullets struck Gray, the revelations increased tensions among the already furious community.

Meanwhile, there have been protests every night since Monday, with some demonstrators accusing police of being overly aggressive in one of the most difficult areas of the city.

Last year, similar protests were sparked by the shooting of a 23-year-old by a narcotics detective, whom authorities said was trying to escape police in a stolen car.