NYPD Officer Indicted in Shooting Death of Unarmed Man Ramarley Graham

Monday, June 11, 2012

An NYPD officer has been indicted in the shooting death of an unarmed man inside his Bronx home earlier this year, sources told WNYC.

Officer Richard Haste, 30, is to surrender Wednesday morning to face manslaughter charges in the death of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the indictment hadn't been made public.

The NYPD declined to comment. Prosecutors in the Bronx also refused to discuss the outcome of a lengthy investigation; Haste testified before the grand jury for three hours.

The officer's lawyer, Stuart London, said Tuesday he would reserve comment until any indictment is unsealed.

Graham, 18, was shot dead in his bathroom by police who followed him into his apartment believing he had a gun, but no weapon was found. The Feb. 2, shooting death sparked community outrage.

Office Richard Haste was a part of a street-level narcotics enforcement team, but had not yet received complete narcotics enforcement or plainclothes training before he was given his assignment, WNYC reported in February.

PBA President Patrick Lynch said in a statement that he believes Haste will be exonerated at trial, and that the organization looks forward to a complete review of the case, "which will demonstrate this police officer believed that he was pursuing an armed felon who bolted rather than be caught with an illegal gun." He noted that several members of the officer's team confirmed the presence of a gun.

Haste had been on the force for three years.

Al Sharpton, who attended marches for Graham in the Bronx, as well as his funeral, said in a statement that "while no one takes any pleasure in a life loss or a police officer being indicted, we always demand that the process of justice be fairly and impartially administered."

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly ordered a top-to-bottom review of street-level narcotics procedures following the man’s death.

In a 12-minute DVD interview released by Graham's family shortly after his death, his grief-stricken father said he still hears his son’s voice in his head.

“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.

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Comments [6]

weedist from San Francisco, CA

Stop the drug violence. The more people know, the greater the change that is possible:

Jun. 12 2012 11:14 AM

This is a very poorly written article. Vague and almost unsubstantiated.

Jun. 12 2012 10:11 AM

> An NYPD officer has been indicted in the shooting death of an unarmed man inside his Bronx home earlier this year

Hmm, maybe I haven't had enough coffee yet but isn't that an ambiguous sentence? At first I read it as the shooting occurred in the officer's home...

Anyways, it's great to hear the officer will face consequences for his actions. Other than the guy who raped a school teacher on her way to work in the morning this has to be one of the worst NYPD crimes in recent memory.

Jun. 12 2012 07:39 AM
Paul Pot from australia

Shot in haste.

Apparently it's OK to send armed killers out to kill kids for what ever they believe.

This is another "crime against humanity" committed in the name of prejudice and social control.

Legalize! Apologize! Compensate! Prosecute the Perpetrators!

Jun. 12 2012 03:31 AM
bocheball from NYC

It's the same script year after year after year. When I was young, the cops killed an 11 year old in Jamaica Queens.
their excuse: the candy bar he was holding looked like a gun.
Amadou Diallo-his wallet looked like a gun.
Now they chase a kid down, into his HOME, shoot him and say they thought he had a gun in his home.

All lies and usually the officer gets off scot free. When will NYPD be held accountable for their CRIMES
and be convicted with time served like any other citizen engaged in a crime. If history is right, rarely, if ever.

I say this as a white man, who's never had an awful encounter with the cops, but I keep my distance.
Unfortunately it's the bad apples that give the bushel a bad name. Problem is the bushel is tainted with lies corruption and complicity by the courts. Sad for the good ones.

Jun. 11 2012 08:17 PM

Ms. Horan, please: "by police who followed him into his apartment and later alleged they believed he had a gun." There is, at the very least, conflicting evidence about whether any police officer believed there was a gun. The way you've stated it is giving too much benefit of the doubt to Officer Haste.

Jun. 11 2012 05:29 PM

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