Cop Who Shot Unarmed Bronx Teen Ramarley Graham Indicted; Reportedly Charged With Manslaughter

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Ramarley Graham, 18, was fatally shot by police in February.
The NYPD officer who shot 18-year-old Ramarley Graham back in February reportedly has been indicted on manslaughter charges and is expected to turn himself in to authorities on Wednesday.

At the time of the shooting, Graham was unarmed.

The Bronx District Attorney's Office tells the Voice it isn't commenting on the case, and would not confirm the supposed charges. However, Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch issued the following statement this afternoon:

"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. 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."

Graham was fatally shot by Officer Richard Haste -- a four-year NYPD veteran -- on February 2, after members of undercover street narcotics unit saw him on the street and thought he was acting suspiciously.

The officers followed him into his apartment at East 229th Street and busted into the bathroom where he was hiding -- guns blazing.

Haste fatally shot the teen as he was trying to flush a small amount of marijuana down the toilet. As we mentioned, Graham was unarmed.

The case got the attention of Reverend Al Sharpton, who led protest rallies demanding that Haste be charged with a crime.

The indictment is expected to be unsealed on Wednesday. Check back for updates.



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Robert Moore
Robert Moore

This is what happens when you give a gun to someone who is obviously incapable of using the most fundamental responsibilities that apply to any and all officers who are supossed to be protecting and enforcing the law. This bonehead should never had been issued the right to carry a badge and a loaded gun. If he were in such fear for his life, why did he fire only one shot? In past cases where the use of deadly force was necessary and such fear for ones life existed, the natural and instintive course of action would have resulted in more than a single gunshot. Unless this officer was so confident of his marksmanship that all his fear for his own life vanished with a single shot and all possibilities that no further threat was possible, I find hard to believe. I know that if my life or the life of any of my loved ones were involved and such a threat existed, I would be holding an empty weapon and would not  feel any safer until I knew for sure that the armed marijuana flushing teenager was now unarmed. This case reeks of the wrongful use of deadly force and other issues that I choose not to mention at this time. The people are right for reacting as they did. How do you expect the Mother, Father and other relatives of this young boy to react. The officials can call it what they want, but I call it Murder, plain and simple. If our police cannot process the information they are faced with before making  a life and death decision then they should not be there in the first place. As a result, a young boy is dead, a whole family is devastated and justice must be done here. It is we the people that need to be served by the ones we selected to do so. If those can't serve us then we will do what we need to do to ensure that the peoples country be ran the way it was written to run. Not the way the polititians want it to be run.If we don't fix this problem promptly, we, as a society are doomed and the dreams of a true United States will never come to be. (A very concerned citizen).

AVGRIFFITHS
AVGRIFFITHS

 BY THE GRACE OF GOD THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. WE AS CHRISTIAN WILL BE ON OUR KNEES PRAYING TO THE GOD THAT SHOWS NO FAVORITISM.  HE WILL BE CHARGED, PUT IN JAIL FOR WHAT HE DID.

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