The NYPD police officers who shot an killed a 16-year-old Brooklyn boy will not face criminal charges.
Lawyers for the family of Kimani Gray, who police say was armed when he died in March 2013, notified a federal just that prosecutors said “they are not pursuing criminal charges against the (officers) and will not be presenting the case to the grand jury.”
The decision came after a recently-completed investigation ordered by Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, sources said.
A DA spokeswoman confirmed the office will not present the case to a grand jury.
Police have said Gray pointed a loaded .38-caliber handgun at the officers and claimed he was ordered to drop it.
But his family and lawyers noted that out of seven bullets that struck the teen, three entered from his back, suggesting he was running away.
Dozens were arrested in subsequent protests, including Kimani’s sister, and at least two officers were lightly injured in the fracas.
Gray’s parents filed a federal lawsuit naming the two cops involved in his death: Sergeant Mourad Mourad and Officer Jovaniel Cordova.
Lawyers for the defendants and the city asked a judge to put a stay on the suit until the conclusion of a potential criminal case.
The issue of prosecuting the officers came into clearer focus after a father of six, Eric Garner died after being placed in an illegal chokehold by an NYPD officer.
The Staten Island DA is probing that incident.
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