The New York Police Department officers who fatally shot 16-year-old Kimani Gray in Brooklyn on March 9 have been sued numerous times for civil rights violations from stop-and-frisk claims in recent years, reports the New York Daily News.
The NYPD sergeant and cop involved in the fatal shooting of Brooklyn 16-year-old Kimani Gray have been named in five federal lawsuits — which cost the city a total of $215,000 in settlements, court records show. Sgt. Mourad Mourad racked up three suits and Officer Jovaniel Cordova racked up two — all alleging various civil rights violations including illegal stop and search and false arrest. Prosecutors later dismissed all but one of the arrests against the six plaintiffs, and the criminal cases were sealed.
The allegations against Mourad include "pulling down" a suspect's underwear. Cordova has also been accused of "punch[ing]" a suspect in the face.
"Our clients’ interactions with Sgt. Mourad and Officer Cordova expose a disturbing pattern of unconstitutional and aggressive stop-and-frisk practices," attorney Brett Klein told the Daily News. "In each case, Mourad and Cordova attempted to cover up their misconduct by falsifying and fabricating evidence."
Protests have escalated after it was revealed the teen was shot in the back three times. Police officers claim thay Gray "adjusted his waistband in ... a 'suspicious manner'" and brandished a revolver before they opened fired. At least two eyewitness claim that Gray did NOT have a weapon. A woman who witnessed the shooting was she's "certain" that Gray "didn't having anything in his hands," reports the Daily News.
Kimani Gray's final words were a plea for help. "Please don’t let me die," another neighbor heard him say as he lay bleeding on the pavement. "One of the officers, she said, replied: 'Stay down, or we’ll shoot you again.'"