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Family of 16-year-old boy fatally shot 7 times by NYC officers files lawsuit against city

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NEW YORK — The family of a 16-year-old Brooklyn boy whose fatal shooting by police last year sparked days of protests has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against New York City.

Kimani "Kiki" Gray's mother and sister allege in the lawsuit filed Friday that officers used unreasonable force in the March 2013 shooting. They also say Gray was denied medical care that might've saved his life. They're seeking unspecified damages.

PHOTO: FILE- In this March 13, 2013 file photo, Carol Gray, left, holds a photo of her son, Kimani "Kiki" Gray, with the aid of New York City Councilman Charles Barron, during a news conference in New York. The family of the 16-year-old Brooklyn boy whose fatal shooting by police sparked days of protests has filed a federal lawsuit against New York City. Gray’s mother and sister filed the suit Friday, April 18, 2104 in Brooklyn federal court alleging officers used unnecessary force in the March 2013 shooting.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
FILE- In this March 13, 2013 file photo, Carol Gray, left, holds a photo of her son, Kimani "Kiki" Gray, with the aid of New York City Councilman Charles Barron, during a news conference in New York. The family of the 16-year-old Brooklyn boy whose fatal shooting by police sparked days of protests has filed a federal lawsuit against New York City. Gray’s mother and sister filed the suit Friday, April 18, 2104 in Brooklyn federal court alleging officers used unnecessary force in the March 2013 shooting. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Police have said they approached the teen because he was acting suspiciously. They say he then pointed a .38-caliber revolver at the plainclothes officers. He was hit seven times in his front and back.

Gray's family alleges his death was a result of city policy that stopped people based on race.

The Law Department didn't respond to a request for comment.

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