No Federal Charges For Officer Who Shot And Killed Ramarley Graham
The New York Times reports that prosecutors won’t federally charge the New York City police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in the bathroom of his Bronx home in 2012.
Manslaughter charges against Officer Richard Haste were thrown out on Tuesday (Mar. 8) due to insufficient evidence of the “high burden of proof required for a federal criminal civil rights prosecution.”
“Four years fighting for justice, and in four years we get this decision,” Graham’s mother Constance Malcolm said. “Not good.”
Haste came into Graham’s home during a drug investigation in February 2012 after gaining suspicions of the young man when he saw him walking down the street. He fatally shot the 18-year-old once in the chest, killing him while his grandmother and little brother were in the house. Haste said that he shot Graham because he believed that he was going to be shot by the teenager, however, no weapons were found in the apartment.
“Time and time again, you see it over and over,” Malcolm said. “This officer walks free, they get a pay raise, they get a promotion and nothing has been done to them. This is sending the wrong message. Even in your own home, you’re not even safe anymore.”
After the announcement, Rev. Al Sharpton, who gave the eulogy at Graham’s funeral, said “I am extremely disappointed and can see no logic in law or reason why the U.S. Attorney’s office would not proceed with a grand jury in the case of an unarmed young man killed in the bathroom of his own house when there was absolutely no threat to officers. This is a very painful decision for the family and the public at-large.”