NYPD Officers in Kimani Gray Death Previously Sued for Civil Rights Violations

HeadlineMar 18, 2013

The officers behind the shooting death of 16-year-old Brooklyn teenager Kimani Gray have previously been sued for violations of civil rights. The officers, who were not in uniform, shot Gray after following him on a street. They claim Gray had a gun, but one witness has said he was unarmed, and another has said he may not have known he was being approached by police. The New York Daily News reports New York City has paid more than $215,000 to settle five lawsuits in total against Sgt. Mourad Mourad and Officer Jovaniel Cordova. The allegations ranged from illegal stop-and-frisks to one client who said he was punched in the face and needed stitches. A lawyer who filed four of the cases said Mourad and Cordova attempted to “cover up their misconduct by falsifying and fabricating evidence.” Gray’s shooting death has sparked several consecutive nights of protests in Brooklyn.

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