The two New York City police officers accused of shooting teen Kimani Gray in East Flatbush last Saturday night have been identified as Sgt. Mourad Mourad, 30, and Officer Jovaniel Cordova, 26. Sgt. Mourad Mourad was placed on modified duty in 2008 for working with an unregistered confident informant, the NY Daily News reports.
Sgt. Mourad Mourad, 30, has received multiple commendations for bravery in the line of duty, including a heroism award after shooting back while under fire and apprehending a 30-year-old suspect.
His partner, 26-year-old Officer Jovaniel Cordova, got the 67th Precinct’s Cop of the Month award in 2009 after he chased down a gunman and shot him in the chin. Source
The NYPD seems to be on a mission to highlight the fact that these two officers aren’t white. Sgt. Mourad Mourad reportedly considers himself a black Egyptian and Jovaniel Cordova is Latino. Officer Jovaniel Cordova has no disciplinary record. The NY Daily News is reporting that Kimani Gray had a .357 magnum handgun in his possession. This begs the question, why?
UPDATE#1: Turns out those officers aren’t so ‘decorated’ after all. They have been embroiled in civil rights suits in the past. http://t.co/IR5nvX0TlD