New York cop accused of killing Jamaican teenager in The Bronx walks free
The New York City Police officer accused of killing unarmed Jamaican
teenager Ramarley Graham will not face criminal charges, the New York Post
This after a grand jury in The Bronx yesterday declined to indict the
police officer, identified as Richard Haste.
Graham was reportedly chased into his family's Wakefield home by Haste and
other undercover cops before he was fatally shot in February last year.
Reports say the 18-year-old was flushing marijuana down a bathroom drain
when he was shot by Haste, who said he believed Graham was carrying a gun.
According to the report, the grand jury's ruling left the teen's mother,
Constance Malcolm, heartbroken.
“My son is dead and this man is walking free,” she told The Post.
However, Haste's colleagues applauded the decision.
“Officer Haste felt his life was in danger. If that evidence would have
been presented properly to the grand jury, he never would have been
indicted in the first place,” said Joseph Anthony, a representative of the
Bronx Police Benevolent Association.
Haste was initially indicted on a manslaughter charge, but a Bronx judge
tossed that indictment last May after ruling that a prosecutor from the
Bronx District Attorney’s Office wrongly instructed the grand jury to
disregard whether other cops had told Haste the teen was armed.
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