The father of Ramarley Graham, the unarmed teen who was shot and killed by NYPD officer Richard Haste in February, expressed his disappointment and anger after fellow officers applauded in Haste’s support outside a Bronx courtroom on Wednesday. Franclot Graham told DNAinfo, “It just goes to show they’re all part of the same thing. They were cheering him on for killing someone.”
After Haste posted his $50,000 bail on Wednesday, Graham’s wife Constance Malcolm similarly said, “That’s how they work. You see it everyday.” An attorney for the Graham family further denounced the insensitive display and said, “There is nothing to cheer here. A young man lost his life, and that is the man who took that life. It puts salt in the wounds.” (more…)
As the Bronx community met with the New York City Police Department on Saturday to talk about Thursday’s shooting of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham, surveillance video that was released and first aired on NY1 shows the unarmed teenager entering his home moments before he was killed.
Authorities say Ramarley Graham fled from narcotics officers who approached him on White Plains Road and 228th Street in Wakefield at around 3 p.m. Thursday. The officers put over the radio two separate times that they thought Graham had a gun. Police say they ordered the teen to stop but he went into his house on 229th Street.
Officers followed Graham into the house’s second-floor bathroom, where the teen was fatally shot and found to be unarmed. The pursuit was captured on surveillance video released on Saturday by the lawyer of the landlord of Graham’s family. In that video, Graham can be seen walking up to the house and entering through the front door. Seconds later, police officers are seen running up to the house. Some try to kick open the front door, while others search for alternate entrances. (more…)