Sources tell NY1 that two officers involved in the shooting of Brooklyn teen Kimani Gray last weekend were also involved in five separate cases for alleged civil rights violations, including stop-and-frisks, that were settled out of court.
Police say the two officers tried to stop and question Gray outside of an East Flatbush building on March 9, when he allegedly pulled a gun on them.
The officers shot the 16-year-old boy a total of 11 times, and a .38 caliber revolver was recovered on the scene.
Gray's family disputes the police account, saying the teenager was not armed at the time.
According to friends, Gray was returning from a neighborhood baby shower at the time of the shooting.
According to sources, one of the officers in the shooting was involved in two previous lawsuits for alleged civil rights violations, while the other officer faced three similar lawsuits.
Sources say some of those cases involved stop-and-frisks.
City officials opted to pay settlements in all five cases, according to sources.
News of Gray's shooting inspired several days of community protests against police brutality in Brooklyn over the past week.
Dozens of people were arrested after protesters began throwing bottles and clashing with police.
Gray's mother told NY1 that she believes the lawsuits say a lot about the officers' history.
One person NY1 spoke with, however, said that neighborhood kids need to be more careful.
"A young boy should not be carrying a gun, point blank," the person said. "And a situation when you look suspicious and a cop approaches you, and you open up like you have something, stuff like this is going to happen."
The New York City Law Department said that being named in a suit is not an indication of wrongdoing, and neither is a settlement.
A source added that the officers' assignments to high-crime areas make them more likely to face trouble, and that four out of the five lawsuits were brought by the same attorney, who is known for suing the city.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has previously said that there will be a "full and fair investigation" of Gray's death.
NY1 has reached out to confirm how many of the city's roughly 34,000 police officers have faced lawsuits.