NYPD Officer Who Killed Ramarley Graham Receives Pay Raise
NYPD Officer Richard Haste, who gunned down unarmed Bronx teen Ramarley Graham three years ago, has earned nearly $25,000 in raises, Huffington Post reports.
Haste, 34, earned a reported $63,694 in 2012, the year he shot 18-year-old Graham in the bathroom of his Bronx apartment. According to public records listed in the Empire Center for Public Policy’s SeeThroughNY database, Haste now earns 88,614.
Since the shooting, Haste has been placed on modified duty and stripped of his service weapon. He now works for the NYPD’s motor fleet divison, which handles the department’s cars. Al O’Leary, the spokesman for the Patrolmen Benevolent Association, which is the city’s largest police union, said Haste’s raise was automatic.
“Any raises that any police officer, detective, sergeant on up to captain gets is because it is contractually mandated as a result of an agreement between the city and the union that represents the title,” O’Leary said. “So suggesting that there is something special or unusual in any raise for any non-managerial member of the NYPD, like Haste, is simply wrong. Everyone in that same title with similar time on the job (longevity pay) got what he got. That’s the way it works.”
Frank Graham, Ramarley Graham’s father was livid when he learned of Haste’s pay raise.
“This is what you do?” he said. “Reward these guys for killing innocent people? How is this possible? I’d like to ask the current mayor, the city council, the commissioner: How is this possible?”