Both cops involved in shooting death of Kimani Gray, 16, in East Flatbush named in federal lawsuits

From the Fraternal order of police Sergeant Mourad Mourad, a seven-year veteran of the NYPD, was honored today with the 2011 Assistant Chief Patrick D. Brennan Award for Patrol Borough Brooklyn South – Last September 23 (2011) while assigned to the 67th Precinct anti-crime unit, Sergeant Mourad, along with Police Officer Dennis Steele, attempted to stop an individual suspected of carrying a firearm at East 49th Street and Linden Boulevard. During the stop, the individual removed a gun from his waistband and fired several rounds at Sergeant Mourad, and several responding officers requested by Sergeant Mourad, who returned fire and gave pursuit as the suspect fled to the rear of a residential building. The perpetrator was ultimately apprehended and no other members of the public or service were harmed. A firearm and a bullet resistant vest were recovered. Sergeant Mourad immigrated with his family from Egypt to Staten Island in 1994 and served as a police cadet before becoming a police officer. The Assistant Chief Patrick D. Brennan award is bestowed in honor of Chief Brennan, who served the NYPD for 32 years in numerous commands including Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South. Chief Brennan was an active member of the Police Department’s Holy Name Society, Emerald Society and Honor Legion. He passed in May 1999.NY Daily News – by JOHN MARZULLI

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 while he was a plainclothes cop on Staten Island, and Officer Jovaniel Cordova racked up two at Brooklyn’s 70th Precinct — 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.  

Mourad and Cordova had been placed on desk duty while the NYPD and the Brooklyn district attorney’s office continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the March 9 shooting in East Flatbush that has since sparked riots. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has said Gray was shot after he pointed a .38-caliber revolver at the sergeant and cop, who had approached a group of youths on the street.

A woman who told the Daily News she witnessed the shooting from her apartment window said Gray did not have a gun in his hand. But she previously told Internal Affairs investigators she couldn’t see what the kids were doing “from the angle I was at.”

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Carol Gray, mother of Kimani Gray, 16, killed by police after he allegedly pulled a gun Saturday night, talked about the lingering doubts about the police story at Councilman Charles Barron’s office in East NY Brooklyn yesterday.

The settlements in the prior cases ranged from $20,000 to $92,500, with no admission of wrongdoing by the city.

“Our clients’ interactions with Sgt. Mourad and Officer Cordova expose a disturbing pattern of unconstitutional and aggressive stop-and-frisk practices,” said lawyer Brett Klein, who filed four of the five suits.

“In each case, Mourad and Cordova attempted to cover up their misconduct by falsifying and fabricating evidence.”

The suits are:

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Carol Gray does not believe her son could have been armed in the confrontation with police, though a woman identifying herself as his cousin said he was trying to alert police that he was carrying a gun for someone else when they shot him. “No, no, not Kimani,” the boy’s mother said when asked if he was armed.

• Derek Franks received a $92,500 settlement for a suit against Mourad and other unidentified cops, alleging he was illegally stopped and frisked on May 7, 2007. He spent four months in Rikers Island until charges were dropped.

• Andre Maraj and Dary Harville each received $22,500 settlements, which alleged they were falsely arrested by Mourad and others. Harville claimed he was “slammed” into a car.

• Jontel Sebbern received $20,000 stemming from his arrest after a car stop. He was ordered out of the car by Mourad and others, who frisked him and pulled his pants and underwear.

“You can take me to the precinct but you’re not going in my underwear here,” Sebbern told the cops, says the complaint.

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 Kimani Gray, 16, with his mother Carol Gray. Kimani was killed by police after he allegedly pulled a gun on March 9, 2013.

• Peter Owusu pocketed $22,500 for the “emotional distress” he suffered as a result of a car stop and arrest by Cordova. Owusu claims he was placed facedown in a puddle and handcuffed. He later pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

• Steve Morency got $35,000 after accusing Cordova of an illegal stop inside an E. 17th St. building. Morency claimed he was punched in the face and needed three stitches to close a cut above his eye.

Klein said Mourad racked up the suits when he was assigned to an aggressive anti-crime unit.

Both Mourad and Cordova had each been involved in a previous shooting, which were deemed to be within department guidelines.

“Being named in a lawsuit is not an indication of wrongdoing, and neither is settlement,” said city Law Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Thomas.

“Many factors, not the least of which is the inherent risk of jury trial, contribute to the decision to settle a case.”

With Rich Schapiro

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9 thoughts on “Both cops involved in shooting death of Kimani Gray, 16, in East Flatbush named in federal lawsuits

  1. Funny how Infowars is not even covering the Brooklyn riot that is going on. You’d almost think it was a part of the MSM now. Imagine that. lol

        1. Far from it. A different world (night & day from when I moved here). Thanks to gentrification, I now live on the corner of “the new Rodeo Drive.” Brooklyn is south, on the other side of the water.

          1. Angel….quick question (if you happen to look back here).. what are they calling the “new Rodeo drive”? Would that be Water street?

  2. I think the NYPD would save a lot of money if they put their problem cops in neighborhoods where they weren’t likely to have much to do.

    Are these two bums really worth the money they cost the taxpayers?

    I guess none of them are, but firing the bums would be too much to hope for.

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