Richard Haste, an NYPD officer, killed an unarmed black teen
(Ramarley Graham) in front of his grandmother and 6-year-old brother at point blank range over marijuana. The landlady, Paulet Minzie, 55, ran out the shower with only a towel after hearing the gunshots. Officers then put a gun to her head and told her to put her hands up. It wasn’t until she told them that there were cameras surveilling them, that they put their guns down.
Court papers say “[He\] immediately lowered his weapon. His demeanor completely changed, and he alerted his colleague that they may be on camera,”. The footage later revealed that Graham walked calmly to his apartment followed by police barging in without a warrant, contradicting the officers original claim that the teenager was running away from him. (Source)
Haste was freed on $50,000 bail yesterday after pleading not guilty. Police cheered for him as the parents of Graham wept in the court room.
Since this post is making the rounds again, I thought I’ll post an update.
It’s been over two and half years since a white cop broke into a home in the Bronx and shot and killed unarmed Ramarley Graham.
Since then, the family and public still has not been shown the police report or the medical examiner’s report.
It’s also been one year since the Department of Justice promised to investigate the murder, but they haven’t issued a statement since.
Richard Haste was let off twice by two separate grand juries and is still working for the NYPD.
Unfortunately, justice has not been served.