Today: Top Elected Officials And Activists Demand Justice Department Investigation Of Ramarley Graham Shooting
Ramarley Graham's parents, Constance Malcolm and Franclot Graham followed his coffin. Photo: NY Daily News
Elected Officials, Civil Rights Groups to Join Family of Ramarley Graham to Call on Justice Department to Launch Formal Investigation of Police Shooting
Following memorial of Graham’s 21st Birthday, national civil rights group, State Legislature and City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian caucuses will announce efforts aimed at Justice Department.
WHAT: Press conference to announce efforts undertaken by elected officials and civil rights groups to request Justice Department investigation into NYPD officer’s killing of Ramarley Graham.
WHERE: Outside of U.S. District Court, Southern District 500 Pearl Street, Lower Manhattan.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 16 at Noon.
WHO: Constance Malcolm, mother of Ramarley Graham.
Assemblyman Karim Camara, chair of Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus: Council Member Andy King, co-chair of NYC Council Black, Latino & Asian Caucus; Council Member Rosie Mendez, co-chair of NYC Council Black, Latino & Asian Caucus; State Senator Adriano Espaillat; State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson; State Senator Bill Perkins; Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley; Assemblyman Félix Ortiz; Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright; Council Member Jumaane Williams; Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color of Change; Donna Lieberman, Executive Director of New York Civil Liberties Union; Rev. Que English; Justice Committee; and Community supporters.
On February 2, 2012, 18-year-old Ramarley Graham was killed by NYPD Officer Richard Haste in the bathroom of his family’s home in front of his grandmother and 6-year-old brother after the officer unlawfully busted into his home. Soon after, a Bronx grand jury indicted Haste on two counts of manslaughter; the first indictment of an NYPD officer for killing a civilian since 2007.
In May 2013, Judge Steven Barrett dismissed the indictment due to an error made by Assistant District Attorney Nancy Borko when instructing jurors. A second grand jury decided not to re-indict Haste, but the U.S. Justice Department is reviewing the case.
Ramarley Graham would have turned 21 on April 12.