TW: Police brutality - Judge tosses indictment in Ramarley Graham case, says grand jury was misled
May 15, 2013
A judge has thrown out the indictment against an NYPD officer charged in the fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in his Bronx home last year, but said prosecutors can present the case again, NBC 4 New York has learned.
Officer Richard Haste, 31, had been indicted on manslaughter charges in the February 2012 shooting death of Ramarley Graham and faced up to 25 years in prison.
On Wednesday, a judge dismissed the indictment on a technicality, siding with defense lawyers who had argued prosecutors gave flawed instructions to the grand jury that indicted Haste.
The Bronx district attorney’s office couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
Graham’s family left the courtroom after the judge’s decision, cursing and calling the officer a “murderer.”
Graham was shot to death in the bathroom of his home on East 229th Street after police chased him inside.
Security video showed Graham entering his home, and police running after him. Police at the time said officers witnessed a drug deal and pursued Graham, believing he had a gun.
They went in and found him in the second-floor bathroom, and shot him in the chest. He died shortly afterward.
Police said later that Graham was not found with a gun.
“This is an outrageous miscarriage of justice and an insult to the family and supporters of Ramarley Graham. We demand that a new Grand Jury is convened immediately and that the case is re-presented.” - Rev. Al Sharpton
Pictured: Ramarley’s parents, Franclot Graham & Constance Malcolm
This actually made me cry. Police brutality is a serious issue all around the world, and not enough people are realizing that. As I quoted to my dad the last time we talked about police brutality: “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”