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Supervisor Had Said Officer Charged In Shooting Should Not Be Undercover

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A year before a police officer fatally shot an unarmed man during a raid, one of his supervisors reportedly insisted that he not work undercover.

In a memo obtained by the New York Post, one of Bryan Conroy's supervisors wrote that the then 23-year-old lacked maturity and experience and should not be given undercover assignments. Conroy remained on an undercover task force.

His lawyer says the memo was not a part of his personnel file.

Conroy, disguised as a postal worker, shot and killed Ousmane Zongo during a raid on a counterfeit DVD and CD operation in a warehouse in Chelsea in May of 2003.

His trial on a charge of second-degree manslaughter ended with a hung jury, and now he is facing retrial. That memo was not presented as evidence at the first trial.

The NYPD and the Manhattan district attorney’s office declined to comment, according to the Post. Regardless of the memo, Conroy’s lawyer said, his client acted reasonably under the circumstances.

Conroy says he was forced to fire because Zongo, who stored art supplies in the warehouse and was not a suspect, struggled with him and reached for his gun. But the prosecution says Zongo, an African immigrant who understood little English, was trying to run away because he didn’t realize Conroy was an undercover officer and didn’t understand his orders to stop.

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