The NYPD Muslim Officers Society named New York police officer Sgt. Mourad Mourad, who is still under investigation for the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Kimani Gray, cop of the year.
On Thursday, New York police officer Sgt. Mourad Mourad, was named 'Cop of the Year' by the NYPD Muslim Officers Society, but many witness question the officer's record including the questionable fatal shooting of a African American teenager, the Amsterdam News reports.
The nine-year NYPD veteran was working as an undercover in an East Flatbush neighborhood on March 3, 2013 when he and his partner Jovaniel Cordova approached, 16-year-old Kimani Gray. The officers claimed that they stopped Kimani to question him and that they only shot the teen after he pulled out a gun.
Mourad was taken off of patrol and given an administrative assignment while authorities conducted an internal investigation. According to the Amsterdam News, the Brooklyn District Attorney has not decided whether or not to press charges against Mourad.
"They shot him," a witness said after the shooting, the News reports. "They didn’t ask him no questions, no nothing, they just shot him."
According to reports, Sgt. Mourad and Cordova have been named in several lawsuits costing the city a total of $215,000 in settlements.
The News reports that in April, Kimani’s family filed lawsuits against Mourad, Cordova and the NYPD.
Charles Barron, the former Brooklyn City Councilman who has spoken with Kimani's mother, Carol Gray to the News that she is "outraged" by Mourad receiving the award.
"It's an insult to the family and the community," Barron said. "This is a disregard for Black life. The decision should have been put on hold until an investigation is complete. There has been a pattern in the Police Department to reward cops who killed our Black youth. It sends out a bad message."