The family of Ramarley Graham and their community supporters released NYPD documents withheld by the NYPD under the guise of state law 50-a. The de Blasio administration has used a new interpretation of state law to conceal disciplinary and misconduct information about NYPD officers– an interpretation that differs from and discards those of past administrations of the previous 40 years.
In response to Richard Haste being allowed to resign, Ramarley Graham’s mother Constance Malcolm issued the following statement.
“My son Ramarley was gunned down and murdered by NYPD Officer Richard Haste over 5 years ago. Richard Haste should have been in prison but instead of even firing him, the de Blasio administration let him resign. This is just another example that the de Blasio administration doesn't care about justice and accountability. Every step of the way, the Mayor and NYPD have dragged their heels and have refused to hold officers accountable for murdering my son. 5 years after my son was killed, they made me take off work to sit through a trial while in the end, they let Richard Haste off the hook, and are continuing to give the other officers responsible for killing Ramarley and other misconduct every opportunity to escape accountability. They haven't even scheduled the trials for Sgt Morris or McLoughlin – the only 2 officers that even have internal charges against them. How is my youngest son supposed to trust and believe in cops when he saw they murdered his brother in front of him and there is zero accountability?”
Five years ago today, my unarmed 18-year-old son, Ramarley Graham, was unjustly killed when police officers burst into our home in the Bronx and shot him in front of his grandmother and 6-year-old brother.
Minutes before, my son was calmly walking down the street with his friends when he paused to pull up his pants. The officers wrongly thought he had a gun in his waistband, followed him home, knocked down our door without cause or a warrant and killed him.
To this day, none of the officers responsible have been fired.
The disciplinary trial of a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager ended Monday, but his punishment probably won’t be known for several weeks, if at all.