The NYPD officer who shot 18-year-old Ramarley Graham back in February reportedly has been indicted on manslaughter charges and is expected to turn himself in to authorities on Wednesday.
At the time of the shooting, Graham was unarmed.
The Bronx District Attorney’s Office tells the Voice it isn’t commenting on the case, and would not confirm the supposed charges. However, Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch issued the following statement this afternoon:
“We look forward to a complete review of the facts in this case which
will demonstrate that this police officer believed that he was pursuing
an armed felon who bolted rather than be caught with an illegal gun.
Several members of the officer’s team had confirmed the presence of a
gun and that constituted a grave danger to the officers and the
community. We believe that this officer will be exonerated at trial.”
Graham was fatally shot by Officer Richard Haste — a four-year NYPD
veteran — on February 2, after members of undercover street narcotics
unit saw him on the street and thought he was acting suspiciously.
The officers followed him into his apartment at East 229th Street and busted into the bathroom where he was hiding — guns
Haste fatally shot the teen as he was trying to flush a small amount
of marijuana down the toilet. As we mentioned, Graham was unarmed.
The case got the attention of Reverend Al Sharpton, who led protest rallies demanding that Haste be charged with a crime.
The indictment is expected to be unsealed on Wednesday. Check back for updates.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 11, 2012