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Clergy Demands Names Shooting of Unarmed Bronx Man

Monday, February 13, 2012

A group of clergy, including civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton, demanded Monday that the police department reveal the names of the officers who broke into a home and killed an unarmed man during a drug investigation.

Youths in the black community are being killed by "the people who are supposed to protect them," the Rev. Herbert Daughtry said. He and other leaders held a news conference in front of the Bronx district attorney's office to seek the identities of the officers.

Sharpton said the future of New York City will be determined by how authorities handle the case of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham. Graham was fatally shot on Feb. 2 in his bathroom during a police drug probe of his largely Caribbean neighborhood of Williamsbridge, in the Bronx.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has ordered a review of the street narcotics division following the shooting. Sharpton also demanded a federal investigation.

Authorities say police mistakenly believed Graham had a gun when he was chased into his second-floor home and shot in the bathroom.

Police say a bag of marijuana was found in the toilet, suggesting Graham was trying to flush it away before the gunfire erupted.

An officer and his sergeant are on desk duty while the district attorney weighs whether to charge them.

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Nobody but the NYPD has said anything about even thinking (mistakenly) that there was any gun. Nobody else heard anybody say anything about a gun. Ramarley Graham's grandmother said there was no mention of a gun.

The question for the DA, Kelly, Bloomberg, and the public is: can anyone in the NYPD forcibly break into your home, without a warrant, with no present threat, and shoot your grandchild dead unarmed -- and get away with it, because they claim afterwards that they thought he might have had a gun?

Because if so, we have left the rule of law behind, and it's open season on anyone the NYPD decides to target.

Feb. 13 2012 03:43 PM
John from office

I am waiting for the New York DA to prosecute Rev. Al for the Freddie's Fire deaths, look it up on the internet. Oh I forgot only some Mexicans died, no Biggie.

Feb. 13 2012 03:25 PM
john from office

Did the Rev. Al ever pay that judgment from the Brawley fraud??

Feb. 13 2012 03:16 PM
Political Pop from am

while the district attorney weighs whether to charge them- whether....

Feb. 13 2012 02:16 PM

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