“Cops give a d@mn about a Negro, pull a trigger, k¡ll a n¡gga he’s a hero..” -2Pac
One of the officers who gunned down 16 year old Kimani Gray has declined to accept a “Cop of the Year” award due to community pressure, reports ThinkProgress.
Gray was fatally wounded in 2013 when two plainclothes NYPD officers opened fire on him. Officers alleged that Gray pulled a revolver on undercover cops, but no gun was ever found. Gray was shot 7 times, including three bullets to the back. Witnesses also disagreed about the sequence of events, with one eyewitness saying the teen was “running for his life” when he was gunned down: “He was running for his life, telling the cops, “Stop,” said witness Camille Johnson. ”They really are, seriously, walking around, shooting little kids.” Another eyewitness said Gray was adjusting his belt at the time he was shot:
Sgt. Mourad Mourad, one of two officers involved in the shooting, was named “Cop of the Year” by the NYPD Muslim Officers Society, but declined to accept due to public pressure.
“He’s done a lot of work taking down criminals and taking a lot of guns and drugs off the street,” Lt. Adeel Rana told the New York Daily News when first asked why he’d been chosen for the award.
“It’s an insult to the family and the community,” said former city council member Charles Barron, who is close to the Gray family. “There has been a pattern in the Police Department to reward cops who killed our Black youth.”
In addition, the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York, Linda Sarsour, said the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition contacted both the Muslim Officers Society and Sgt. Mourad directly to protest of the award.