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Father of Unarmed Bronx Man Slain by Cops Says He Can’t Sleep, Still Hears Son's Voice

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Video still showing the parents of Ramarley Graham

The parents of an unarmed man who was shot dead by police earlier this month in his Bronx home describe their son as a loving teen who babysat his cousins, helped neighbors with groceries and got along with everyone.

In a 12-minute DVD interview released by lawyers, the grief-stricken father of Ramarley Graham offers a tearful remembrance of his 18-year-old son, saying he has trouble sleeping and still hears his son’s voice in his head. Graham was shot on February 2.

“He was a baby, he would never hurt anyone,” said his father, Franclot, through tears, adding that he believes his son is being portrayed poorly in the media. “They’re trying to say he was a street kid, he was wild, he was always getting involved. None of these things are true. He wasn’t a wild kid. He was straight.”

Graham's mother, Constance, also appeared in the video.

Earlier this month, police followed Ramarley Graham to his home because they said they believed he had a gun in his waistband. He was shot dead by officer Richard Haste who fired at close range inside the bathroom. A bag of marijuana was later found in the toilet, but no weapon was found.

In the video, Graham’s father said he always encouraged his son to stay in the house, and expressed guilt for not being there the afternoon of the shooting.

“I just imagine now, him saying, ‘See Daddy, I was in the house, I was in the house and look what they did to me,” he said.

The two officers involved in the shooting have been stripped of their guns and placed on administrative leave. 

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has ordered a city-wide audit of the Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit in the wake of the shooting, which provoked outcries from the community.

The funeral for Graham will be held Saturday in the Bronx.

The Grahams said the NYPD treated them callously at the police station and expect the officers involved to be punished

“I’d like to see the person or persons that is responsible for taking my son away from me, sent away from us, to be held responsible and brought to justice to the full extent,” Graham’s father said. “As far as I’m concerned a criminal is a criminal.”

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Comments [9]

Oma B. from NYC

The police officers (who NEED to be held accountable for this heinous crime) were not even appropriately trained to handle such situations. Yet Ray Kelly has the authority to thrust guns into their hands and unleash them on INNOCENT citizens! The "officers" (or savages, really) had NO WARRANT and ABSOLUTELY NO REASON to shoot at Mr. Graham. They INTENTIONALLY MURDERED RAMARLEY GRAHAM! People are justifying their actions by "reasoning" that the KID was in possession of marijuana at the time of his death. So what if he was? That does not justify the inexcusable actions of the officers WHO DELIBERATELY SHOT AT HIM WITH THE INTENTION OF KILLING HIM. I attend one of the most respectable high schools in the nation and there are kids who smoke marijuana all the time. THEY'RE KIDS! They don't deserve to have their lives callously taken from them for being a little foolish in their youth.

The truth is that if Ramarley were a white boy, NYC would be demanding the heads of these officers. Because he's another minority, we allow such injustice to occur right under our noses. It is this kind of thinking that will be the downfall of democracy.

Feb. 21 2012 01:15 AM
M from the bx

Funny John from the office I suppose any kid from this neighboorhood is a miscresnt how about those boys from Columbia univerrsity who actually sold the stuff I know , know those boys had a promising future they just made a mistake oh and by the way how do u know the MJ was his or did you forget last years narcotics scandal and Brooklyn
Isn't it nice how the rules apply to everyone.

Feb. 18 2012 11:31 PM
Political Pop from lol anmerica

So if it was a black cop shooting a white kid..... hed lose his job and probably get life in prison but get out on good behavior then be forced to work at burger king the rest of his life ahhh sad cold world...si

Feb. 17 2012 12:12 PM
clive betters

all this, because they suspected he had pot on him. i'm sure the cops sleep just fine,which tells you, all you need to know,about who and what they are. shameful and disgusting. even worse,though,are the idiotic drug policies in this land.

Feb. 16 2012 11:25 PM
Geeta

Bloomberg is quiet. So is Ray Kelly. Why? Heartless fools. And, the two officers are not yet fired.

Why was this mother told to sit on a bench and wait and the precinct??? In addition to the two police officers involved in this shooting, this suggest to me the Bronx should demand the Commanding Officer be removed from the 47th.

Feb. 16 2012 10:15 PM
emily

john from the office....you are soulless.

this is heartbreaking. i am so sad for this family.

Feb. 16 2012 08:19 PM
Sanjay Tyagi from Newark

As a father of a mild mannered teenager, the story brings tears to my eyes. The city should investigate honestly and train future officers to be more careful.

Feb. 16 2012 05:32 PM
John from office

Sooo how does dad explain the drugs??, I know, he was holding it for a friend.

Feb. 16 2012 04:07 PM
john from office

Sounds like he is preparing for the law suit.

Feb. 16 2012 04:04 PM

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