NYPD Commissioner Orders Reviews of Street Narcotics Teams in Wake of Bronx Shooting

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has ordered a citywide audit of all street-level narcotics teams after investigators discovered the cop who shot an unarmed Bronx man was not qualified for the detail he was assigned to the day of the incident.

Officer Richard Haste, who shot Ramarley Graham in his bathroom last Thursday, had been part of a street-level narcotics enforcement (SNEU) team, but had not yet received SNEU training or plainclothes training before the assignment, according to police spokesman Paul Browne.

Since the discovery, supervising officers told WNYC that all precinct commanders were ordered, to give the Internal Affairs Bureau, which investigates misconduct and corruption within the department, the names of all members of their street-level narcotics teams. Internal Affairs is checking  which officers have not received the required training.

Graham, 18, was followed on foot by Officer Richard Haste and Sgt. Scott Morris into his home after officers reported seeing what might have been a gun protruding from his waistband.  No weapon was found after Haste shot Graham.  Instead, police discovered a bag of marijuana in the toilet.

Both Haste, who has been on the force for three years, and his supervisor, Sgt. Morris, have been stripped of their guns and badges and placed on administrative duty.

Supervising officers and patrol cops said the department is cracking down on training requirements now because of Graham's death, but they added it has been common practice for years to assign officers to plain clothes teams and street-level narcotics units before the officers receive proper training.

SNEU training is offered regularly within the department, and officers said they see their supervisors assign colleagues to SNEU units, with the understanding that the officer will eventually complete the required training.

But members of the department also said sometimes an officer will be in a SNEU unit or plainclothes team for months before he ever receives that training.

Police officers said plainclothes training takes about three to four days and involves instruction about street confrontations, such as tactics to use during hand-to-hand combat.  SNEU training takes about a week and teaches officers how to recognize various drugs, what a hand-to-hand drug transaction can look like and relevant search and seizure law.


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Comments [14]

Rufus from bronx, ny

Ailsa Chang is hot.

Feb. 28 2012 06:56 AM
chris from ny

Just remember color has nothing to do with a cop shooting an armed or perceived to be armed subject. Cases in point. Retired officer shots active agent (white) in Seaford NY. A predomintately white neighborhood by a white retired officer. A nassau county officer was killded (white) carrying a shotgun out foa crime scene. Officers see gun, they fear for their life they use deadly physical force color has absolutely nothing to do with it, get over it. Is anyone to blame for their own actions anymore? If he was being a kid or 18 y/o not buying drugs, not acting like a punk cops wouldn't have bothered him and in turn wouldn't have been chased, wouldn't have had them to enter his home and have tragic situation arise. Everyone can have their opinion but when he doesn't get convicted maybe people will start to realize do what ur told by the police and any action otherwise might have consequences you won't like. Don't worry your family will make some money.

Feb. 16 2012 12:42 PM
Jean Thaxton from Los Angeles

Shame on "Just the Truth from NYC" and "john from office" Obviously you don't have kids....and obviously you have never been harassed by the cops. The thugs with a badge and a gun probably witnessed him buying his little bit of pot, and decided to teach him a lesson. Saw a gun in his waistband....yeah right!!!! They had to make up something!
This kid did not deserve to die, he did not deserve to be shot at, and he did not deserve to have his house broken into because of a little bit of pot!

Feb. 13 2012 07:08 PM
matthew swaye from Harlem

I am putting out a call for mass civil disobedience in defense of Stop & Frisk. Save Stop & Frisk from attack. This crime-stopping tool, when properly applied in high-black and high-brown areas, has brought down murder rates and kept the streets clean of people. It is now at last time for the white community to stand in solidarity with the black establishment in telling children to pull their pants up.

Feb. 13 2012 02:56 PM
Just the Truth from NYC

1 - This was Not a murder.
2 - Yes, Parent(s) are to blame. He obviously wasn't raised properly.
3 - He may not be a child, but he is a Teen
4 - He was NOT a good kid. Good kids don't have 8 arrests (including Felonies) at 18 Years Old.
5 - This was not a home invasion. It was Legal and is called Hot Pursuit
6 - Cops don't carry tasers. Supervisors only. Thank Ray Kelly for that.
7 - A taser would not be used in a situation where the Officer fears Deadly Physical Force (AKA Gun)
8 - When you live a life of crime, there are generally only 2 outcomes, Prison or Death
9 - What does African / non-African have to do with it? Just an inflammatory excuse.

Feb. 12 2012 01:05 PM
john from office

an 18 year old drug dealer is not a child, he is a criminal fleeing the police and flushing his drugs down a toilet. It is the parents fault.

Feb. 10 2012 01:23 PM
Concerned Citizen

Painful facts: another young man of African decent was killed by a non-African police officer. This time it happened in the home with other family members present. Everything else is doubtful. In addition to the trauma of losing a family member to gun violence - there is the trauma of having one's home - the place where one should feel most secure - violated in this manner. An apology or training brings Ramarley back, painful fact of killing a person.

Feb. 10 2012 12:00 PM
n. b.

TO - John From Office
Are you serious ? a child got shot and you blame the parents ?

Feb. 10 2012 10:53 AM
Tara from NYC

This was a murder plain and simple. They chased this kid into his own home and killed him in cold blood NO JUSTIFICATION! Haste & Morris should be prosecuted to the fullest, and the commanding officer(s)forced to resign.

Feb. 10 2012 10:41 AM
political pop from america

why dont they use tasers close range if unsure of a situation?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Feb. 10 2012 10:27 AM
John from office

How about a parenting program so that these "parents" dont raise criminals. You can blame the cop, who came upon our "hero" in his eighteenth year, or the so-called parent who "raised" him for those 18 years. Sorry the fault lies with the parents that let these so called children run wild in the street. Stop blaming everyone else and look in the mirror, bad parenting, lacks educational direction at home and acceptance of criminal activity as the norm, that is the problem, not the police.

Feb. 10 2012 07:35 AM

Please follow WNYC's comments policy and keep your remarks civil and on topic. No offensive language or personal attacks.

Thank you.

Feb. 10 2012 06:51 AM

i called it a Home Invasion on Day 1. Why is Richard Haste still collecting a paycheck? Please tell me he isn't. Why isn't the NYPD speeding up this investigation by putting more personnel on it so that the quality is not compromised, and the Bronx and Graham's family is respectfully treated...

Feb. 10 2012 01:07 AM
SKV from NYC

Time to start calling this what it was: the home invasion and murder by police of a teenager who might have been smoking some dope, and the subsequent illegal detainment and harassment of his grieving grandmother to intimidate her into making an exculpatory statement.

Feb. 09 2012 06:11 PM

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