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Bronx D.A. seeks new indictment in Ramarley Graham case - Teen shot by police

Posted by on Jul. 24, 2013 at 10:57 AM
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 Bronx D.A. seeks new indictment in Ramarley Graham case

A Bronx judge Wednesday tossed out an indictment against an NYPD cop who shot and killed a Bronx teen.

ABC reports the judge said an assistant district attorney made an accidental mistake when presenting the manslaughter charges against Officer Richard Haste to the grand jury in the death of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham.

"This is an outrageous miscarriage of justice and an insult to the family and supporters of Ramarley Graham," Reverend Al Sharpton said in a statement. "We demand that a new Grand Jury is convened immediately and that the case is re-presented. We will be rallying and planning direct action at National Action Network’s Saturday action rally. The family will be present."

And Frank Graham, father of the slain teen, said they'd keep fighting for justice.

“If it means going back to the grand jury or if we have to ask the federal court to deal with this case; we are going to keep fighting no matter what,” he said in a statement. “Where ever it leads us we will go there. We will never stop until justice is served in this case, until Richard Haste goes to prison for murdering our son. If we start over, we will start stronger!”

According to ABC, prosecutors will get another chance to present the case to a grand jury.

In February of 2012, Haste and his partner followed Graham into his grandmother's apartment where Graham was attempting to flush a bag of marijuana down the toilet. Haste fatally shot Graham, who was unarmed, in the chest. The officers did not have a warrant to be inside the home.

Haste later turned himself in on manslaughter charges, to which he plead not guilty.

 Judge Steven L. Barrett expressed concern that the Bronx DA's office had erroneously told the grand jury, who voted to indict Haste, to disregard evidence that the officer received a warning from other officers that Graham was armed.

No weapon was ever uncovered from the scene.

Graham's death increased already fraught tensions between the NYPD and the Bronx black community. In the weeks after he died, demonstrators gathered outside the 47th precinct and chanted, "NYPD: KKK!"

 

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JULY 23, 2013 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Bronx D.A. seeks new indictment in Ramarley Graham case

Ramarley Graham was only 18-years-old when NYPD Officer Richard Haste unlawfully broke down the door of his family’s home and shot and killed him in his bathroom without cause, February of last year. Haste was indicted on two counts of manslaughter but the charges were outrageously dropped last month when a federal judge cited a procedural error. Ramarley's family and community supporters refused to accept the decision that would have allowed Haste to get off scott-free and demanded Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson reconvene a grand jury.

Now, in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal for killing Trayvon Martin, the District Attorney's office has responded to strong community pleas for justice and convened a new grand jury that will decide to either re-indict Haste or let him walk free. ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson responded by commenting on the links between Ramarley's case and national efforts demanding accountability for affronts to the value of Black life:

"Whether it's Stand Your Ground or Stop and Frisk, we will continue to demand an end to racial profiling and policies that jeopardize the safety of young Black men like Trayvon Martin and Ramarely Graham...ColorOfChange members remain deeply committed to seeking justice for Trayvon and Ramarley. We will not be satisfied until George Zimmerman and Ramarley's killer — NYPD Officer Richard Haste – are both held accountable and until there's an end to racial profiling and the violence it creates."

This new grand jury is significant step forward in the fight for justice and brings new hope that Officer Haste will be held responsible for his discriminatory and deadly actions. Since his murder, Ramarley's family has relentlessly demanded accountability for their son's death, touring the country in support of other Black families afflicted by violence perpetrated by police and unaccountable vigilantes like George Zimmerman and organizing a series of marches, calling for an indictment. Police are rarely held accountable for their brutal  and discriminatory tactics — in fact, last year's indictment of Richard Haste Haste was the first time an NYPD office faced criminal charges for an on-duty action, since 2007.


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