NYPD officer Sgt. Mourad Mourad has declined a “Cop of the Year” award amidst controversy surrounding his fatal shooting of 16-year-old Kimani Gray in 2013.
Mourad was supposed to receive the award from the NYPD Muslim Officers Society this Thursday. But due to pressure from the Muslim community, he did not accept the award or attend the ceremony, according to Think Progress.
A member of the group giving the award, Lt. Adeel Rana, said the shooting doesn’t represent “the whole picture” of Mourad’s service to the department.
“He’s done a lot of work taking down criminals and taking a lot of guns and drugs off the street,” Rana told the New York Daily News.
Mourad and another plainclothes officer, Jovaniel Cordova, shot Gray seven times last year. They claimed he had a gun, though witnesses disagreed with their account.
A witness to the Brooklyn slaying said that she had a “bird’s-eye view” of the incident and that the teen did not have a weapon.
“I’m certain he didn’t have anything in his hands,” witness Tishana King told the New York Daily News last March.
But what really happened that day remains unclear.
Mourad, 31, is an Egyptian immigrant who has served with the NYPD for nine years.
“It’s an insult to the family and the community,” Former city council member Charles Barron, one of the Grays’ closest allies, told the New York Amsterdam News.
Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition issued a statement asking Mourad not to accept the award.
“In light of the serious issues surrounding Sergeant Mourad, we find it unconscionable that he would be considered for an award. Furthermore, the Muslim community is a community that stands up for the civil rights of others and is sensitive to the plight of marginalized communities who suffer the abuses of the NYPD,” it wrote on the MACLC blog.