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02-05-2012, 07:42 AM
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/02/04/family-of-bronx-man-shot-by-police-joins-rev-sharpton/ (video at link)

Family Of Bronx Man Shot By Police Joins Rev. Sharpton
February 4, 2012 11:59 PM


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s growing pressure on the NYPD after officers fatally shot an 18-year-old suspect in the Bronx. His grieving family and members of the community are demanding answers.

Survelliance video shows 18-year-old Ramarley Graham entering his Bronx home Thursday. NYPD officers follow and appear to try to break down the door. Moments later, Graham was dead, fatally shot by police.

“Let’s have all the facts and evidence come out until we reach any conclusions,” said Jeffrey Emdin, attorney for the Graham family.

Officers were said to be acting on reports he had a gun, but a gun was never recovered.

Saturday, Graham’s family joined Reverend Al Sharpton at his National Action Network headquarters. They let their attorney speak for them.

“They can’t believe this happened. We love him. We miss him,” said Emdin.

According to police, officers thought Graham was acting suspiciously on the street.

“The observation team reported, over the tactical radio they observed the butt of a gun in the waistband of Ramarley Graham,” said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.

When Graham sees the cops, according to police, he runs. Police sources say by running, that may have reinforced the mistaken idea he had a gun.

Police cornered him in the second floor bathroom of what turned out to be his own house.

Graham’s grandmother and 6-year-old brother were in the home, police said.

“He said, ‘I saw them shoot my brother, I was crying’,” said Emdim.

Officers went to meet with the community. “They just reminded us this was an ongoing investigation,” said NY Assemblyman Carl Heastie.

The NYPD has not identified the officers involved. They have since turned in their badges and guns and were put on desk duty.

A memorial has been set up outside Graham’s home. The investigation as to whether the officers broke the law is being handled by the Bronx District Attorney’s Office.

02-05-2012, 08:02 AM

18-year-old Ramarley Graham :rip:

02-05-2012, 12:14 PM


06-11-2012, 04:31 PM

Sources: Officer Who Shot Ramarley Graham To Be Charged Wednesday
Officers Believed The Victim Was Armed, A Weapon Was Never Found
June 11, 2012 5:36 PM


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sources told CBS 2 News on Monday that the officer who shot Ramarley Graham has been indicted and will be charged with manslaughter.

Officer Richard Haste, 30, is expected to surrender on Wednesday morning. Graham, 18, was shot dead on Feb. 2 by Haste, who had chased Graham as he entered into his grandmother’s Bronx home.

Surveillance cameras captured Haste, who was undercover as part of the NYPD Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit, running after Graham. Police said they believed the teen was armed with a gun, but a gun was never recovered.

In the surveillance video, officers appeared to try to break down the door of the home. A downstairs tenant eventually let police in and they confronted Graham inside a bathroom where, police said, he was trying to flush marijuana down the toilet, CBS 2′s Hazel Sanchez reported.

Moments later, Graham was fatally shot in his bathroom.

Officers were said to be acting on reports Graham had a gun. Authorities said Graham had at least two prior arrests for marijuana and burglary.

The shooting prompted protests and rallies. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has met with Graham’s family.

“We look forward to a complete review of the facts in this case which will demonstrate that this police officer believed that he was pursuing an armed felon who bolted rather than be caught with an illegal gun,” said Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch. “Several members of the officer’s team had confirmed the presence of a gun and that constituted a grave danger to the officers and the community. We believe that this officer will be exonerated at trial.”

Speaking at Graham’s funeral on Feb. 18, Rev. Al Sharpton called the shooting unjust.
The shooting also prompted Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson to call on all patrol officers in New York City to undergo psychological testing every three years.

The PBA released a statement Monday afternoon defending Haste’s actions.

“Several members of the officer’s team had confirmed the presence of a gun and that constituted a grave danger to the officers and the community. We believe that this officer will be exonerated at trial,” Lynch said.

The Bobster
05-15-2013, 09:23 AM

Indictment of NYPD officer Haste in Ramarley Graham shooting thrown out
Last Updated: 10:53 AM, May 15, 2013
Posted: 10:52 AM, May 15, 2013

An indictment has been thrown out in the case against an NYPD police officer charged last year in the fatal shooting of an unarmed suspect in a Bronx home.

A judge found on Wednesday that prosecutors gave flawed instructions to a grand jury that indicted Officer Richard Haste.

The case isn't over because prosecutors were expected to present the case again to the grand jury.

The shooting of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham stemmed from an NYPD investigation of street-corner drug dealing. Police pursued Graham into his home before he was shot once at close range.

The Bobster
08-08-2013, 08:28 AM
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/bronx/grand_jury_refuses_ramarley_indict_hIYh1kFJ9kfbNOQ mR1N5pI

Grand jury refuses to indict NYPD cop who fatally shot Ramarley Graham
Last Updated: 4:48 AM, August 8, 2013
Posted: 12:07 AM, August 8, 2013

A Bronx grand jury refused to indict Officer Richard Haste in Ramarley Graham's death.

A Bronx grand jury yesterday refused to indict an NYPD cop who fatally shot a teenager in his Wakefield home, law enforcement sources said.

Officer Richard Haste and other undercover cops chased Ramarley Graham, 18, into his home in February 2012.

The teen was flushing marijuana down the drain when Haste, believing he was carrying a gun, shot him.

He was initially indicted on a manslaughter charge, but a Bronx judge tossed that indictment last May after ruling that a prosecutor from the Bronx DA’s office wrongly instructed the grand jury to disregard whether other cops had told Haste the teen was armed.

Haste testified before the grand jury Tuesday, the day before they chose not to indict him.

Ramarley Graham was killed in February 2012.

Graham’s mother, Constance Malcolm of East 229th Street, was heartsick last night.

“My son is dead and this man is walking free,” she told The Post after posting an angry message on her Facebook page calling Haste a “murderer.”

But fellow cops applauded the decision.

“Based on information given by other police officers, Officer Haste felt his life was in danger. If that evidence would have been presented properly to the grand jury, he never would have been indicted in the first place,” said Joseph Anthony, a Bronx PBA trustee.

08-20-2014, 07:32 AM

Mother Of Ramarley Graham To Demand DOJ Investigation Into Son’s Death
August 20, 2014 10:09 AM


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The mother of an unarmed Bronx teen who was shot and killed by a New York City police officer will deliver thousands of petitions Wednesday demanding full Department of Justice investigation.

The family of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham and other civil leaders will request a full investigation on civil rights violations and a meeting with the U.S. attorney.

01-31-2015, 10:36 AM

City Will Pay $3.9M in 2012 Police Shooting of Bronx Teen Ramarley Graham
The 18-year-old was unarmed when he was shot to death in the bathroom of his Bronx home in February 2012

Updated at 1:44 AM EST on Saturday, Jan 31, 2015

New York City agreed Friday to pay $3.9 million to the family of a black Bronx teenager shot to death by a white police officer in 2012.

The deal settled a federal lawsuit brought by the family of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham.

The Bobster
01-31-2015, 12:26 PM

City to pay fambly $3.9M over son’s fatal shooting
By Rich Calder
January 30, 2015 | 10:42pm

Constance Malcom and Frank Franclot, Ramarley Graham's parents, held a press conference outside the U.S. Attorneys office in Manhattan in 2014.
Photo: Stefan Jeremiah

The city agreed Friday to pay $3.9 million to relatives of Bronx teen Ramarley Graham, who was fatally shot by a cop three years ago.

The killing of the unarmed 18-year-old in his home by an undercover cop sparked accusations of overly aggressive policing. The case was compared to that of Trayvon Martin, a teenager who was shot dead in Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer in February 2012.

Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara is investigating to see if Graham’s civil rights were violated.

Richard Haste
Photo: Tomas E. Gaston

City Law Department spokesman Nicholas Paolucci called the shooting “tragic,” adding that “after consulting with key stakeholders such as the NYPD, it was determined that settling . . . was in the best interest of the city.” :mad:

The Bronx civil court lawsuit, naming the city and the NYPD, accused the NYPD of not properly training cops and targeting minorities through unfair stop-and-frisk tactics. :mad: It was moved to federal court last year.

Officer Richard Haste and other members of his undercover narcotics unit chased Graham on foot into his home and believed he had a gun, police said at the time. Haste then shot the teen in the chest in the bathroom in front of his grandmother and 6-year-old brother, as Graham was flushing marijuana down the toilet.

After the grandmother, Patricia Hartley, screamed, “Why did you kill him!” Haste allegedly manhandled her and threatened to “shoot” her, too, says the suit.

Haste has claimed through his lawyers that Graham didn’t follow his orders.

“Rather than showing his hands, the defendant made a quick gesture to his waist,” lawyer Richard London said after the shooting.

Haste was initially charged with manslaughter. But a judge tossed that indictment in May 2012, ruling that a prosecutor wrongly instructed the grand jury to disregard whether other cops had told Haste the teen was armed.

Haste testified before a second grand jury a year later. That panel chose not to indict him. :D

Sources said Graham’s estate would receive $2.95 million. His brother will receive $500,000 while his grandmother will get $450,000 and his mother $40,000. :mad:

The Bobster
03-11-2015, 09:56 AM

Slain teen’s parents: $4M payout is not ‘justice’
By Rich Calder
March 11, 2015 | 1:59am

The parents of slain Bronx teen Ramarley Graham vowed Tuesday to continue fighting for “justice” — even after the family scored a $3.9 million settlement over their son’s tragic shooting death by a cop three years ago. :rolleyes:

“The settlement does not bring my son back,” said Graham’s mother, Constance Malcolm, after Manhattan federal Judge Kevin Castel ratified a $3.9 million settlement for the family in its wrongful-death lawsuit against the city.

The killing of the unarmed *18-year-old at his home by undercover cop Richard Haste sparked accusations of overly aggressive policing.

The Bobster
03-08-2016, 05:21 PM

NYPD officer who shot Ramarley Graham won’t be charged
By Lia Eustachewich
March 8, 2016 | 3:28pm

A federal grand jury will not be convened to weigh criminal charges in the police-involved shooting death of Bronx teen Ramarley Graham, officials announced Tuesday in closing the 2012 case.

US Attorney Preet Bharara’s office had been investigating since 2014 whether Graham’s civil rights were violated – but concluded there was “insufficient evidence to meet the high burden of proof required for a federal criminal civil rights prosecution.”

“To prove a violation of the federal criminal civil rights statute, prosecutors must establish, beyond a reasonable doubt, that a law enforcement officer willfully deprived an individual of a constitutional right, meaning that the officer acted with the deliberate and specific intent to do something the law forbids,” the office said in a statement.

“This is the highest standard of intent imposed by law, and is different from and higher than the intent standard under the relevant state statutes.”

Following a roughly 90-minute meeting with Bharara and other Department of Justice officials, Graham’s mother slammed the decision as “another slap in the face.” :p

“This is sending the wrong message. In your own home, you’re not even safe anymore,” Malcolm tearfully told reporters outside Bharara’s office in Lower Manhattan.

She was joined by more than a dozen spook supporters who toted signs listing the “eight facts” of Graham’s death and chanted “Justice for Ramarley Graham.”

In 2013, a Bronx grand jury refused to indict NYPD officer Richard Haste, who, along with other undercover narcotics cops chased Graham, 18, into his Wakefield home and shot him because he believed he was armed.

“Neither accident, mistake, fear, negligence nor bad judgment is sufficient to establish a federal criminal civil rights violation,” the US Attorney’s Office said.

Graham’s family settled its federal lawsuit against the city last year for $3.9 million. :mad: :mad:

“I was hoping this office would lead by example which is by [convening] a grand jury and let us have our day in court. That’s all we were asking for,” said Graham’s father Frank. “We just feel as if Ramarley’s life never matters.”

The father said the fambly will push to have all the officers involved in Graham’s death fired.

Asked about the specifics about Tuesday’s meeting with Bharara, family attorney Royce Russell said it boiled down to Haste’s word against all else.

“‘I thought he had. I thought he was going to. I thought I saw him do A, B and C – sell drugs, carry a gun, looked like he was going to hit me.’ It’s the same thought process that went on with this case that led to no grand jury presentation – ‘I thought he had a gun,’” Russell said.

“If it’s your word against a police officer’s word, please be quiet because your word is going to go unheard.”

The Bobster
12-14-2016, 03:54 PM

Cop who fatally shot unarmed black teen to appear for hearing
By Amanda Woods and Shawn Cohen
December 14, 2016 | 5:49pm | Updated

The officer who fatally shot unarmed Bronx teen Ramarley Graham is set to appear at a departmental hearing at NYPD headquarters Thursday to set a date for his trial, officials said.

Officer Richard Haste and two other members of his undercover narcotics unit chased Graham, 18, into his Wakefield home in 2012, believing he had a gun, police say. Haste then shot the teen in the chest in the bathroom in front of his grandmother and 6-year-old brother, as Graham was flushing marijuana down the toilet, authorities say.

Haste was placed on modified duty after the shooting and now faces two charges for allegedly using poor tactics resulting in Graham’s death, police sources said.

Tuesday’s hearing will be held at 10 a.m. in the fourth-floor trial room at One Police Plaza. It’s expected that a departmental trial date will be scheduled during the hearing, sources said. The trial is expected to be set for January.

The two other officers who chased Graham also will be “facing discipline,” according NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis — but he did not specify what kind.

“They’ll all be individually resolved,” Davis said. “It’s some discipline in connection with that incident.”

The Bobster
01-17-2017, 05:34 PM

Ramarley Graham’s family packs courtroom for cop’s hearing
By Gina Daidone
January 17, 2017 | 11:40am

Relatives of Ramaley Graham arrive at 1 Police Plaza for the trial Tuesday.

Relatives of Ramarley Graham — the unarmed teen who was fatally shot by a cop after being chased into his mother’s Bronx apartment in 2012 — packed a courtroom for the officer’s administrative trial Tuesday.

NYPD Officer Richard Haste, who faces departmental discipline, was part of a narcotics unit in Wakefield that believed Graham, 18, had a gun because he adjusted his waistband when they approached him in the street, police have said. When cops tried to stop him, the teen sprinted for his mom’s apartment a few blocks away.

Police barged into the home after him with their guns drawn. Haste confronted Graham in a bathroom, where cops said the teen was trying to flush marijuana down a toilet. Officers claimed Graham made a move toward his waistband and that’s when Haste shot him once in front of his brother and grandmother.

No gun was found on Graham or in the house. The teenager’s mother, Constance Malcolm, has demanded justice for the past five years, but prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against the cop.

She has insisted that Haste and other members of the Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit be fired.

Haste could face dismissal as a result of the trial, but the public may never know the outcome because state law bars making it public.

Haste has been on modified duty, stripped of his gun and shield, since the shooting.

The Bobster
01-19-2017, 10:15 AM

Cop who fatally shot Ramarley Graham to testify at trial
By Priscilla DeGregory
January 19, 2017 | 12:13am

Ramarley Graham (left) and Richard Haste G.N. Miller (left); AP

The NYPD cop who shot and killed Bronx teen Ramarley Graham is expected to take the stand Friday in his administrative trial, his lawyer said.

Officer Richard Haste will break his silence for the first time since the 2012 shooting of Graham, 18, who was unarmed at the time, defense lawyer Michael Martinez said Wednesday.

Deputy Inspector Gregory Sheehan, who oversees the NYPD’s specialized training center, testified that Haste and the other cops broke several protocols before Graham was killed.

“Have you ever seen tactical violations as egregious as the ones [in this case]?” prosecutor Nancy Slater asked.

“No, I have not,” Sheehan responded.

Haste and other cops with the Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit chased Graham into his mother’s apartment building in Wakefield, thinking the teen had a gun on him.

After barging into the home, Haste shot Graham once in the bathroom, as the teen tried to flush marijuana down the toilet.

No gun was ever recovered.