On February 2, 2012, eighteen-year-old Ramarley Graham was shot and killed by NYPD Officer Richard Haste inside Graham’s grandmother’s Bronx home. Haste chased Graham into the house without a warrant, and fatally shot the teenager inside the bathroom. Haste, whom a grand jury ultimately declined to indict for the shooting, claims he heard over a police radio that Graham had a gun. Graham, who is now 21, was unarmed. The Department of Justice said last August it would review the case.
“It’s been two years now, and we’ve gotten no justice for Ramarley Graham and his family. If Ramarley and his family can’t get justice in a case like this one — where he was unarmed and shot and killed in his own family’s home — what hope is there for other black and Latino men in this city and across the nation?” New York City Council member Jumaane Williams told The Huffington Post in an email. “His life matters.”
The family held its annual Rally 4 Ramarley on Saturday June 28 and there was an overwhelming support demanding justice and there to help keep this case from being swept under the rug. Check out the videos below of the speakers that included Ramarley’s mother Constance Malcolm, Damon K. Jones of Blacks In Law Enforcement, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr (whose father Kenneth Chamberlain Sr, was killed November 19, 2011, in White Plains, New York.After his Life Aid medical alert necklace was inadvertently triggered), Cynthia Turnquest-Jones (Ramarley’s teacher), Retired NYPD officer, Charles Berkley, and others all came out to support Ramarleys family’s demand for justice. The annual rally and march is intended to keep Ramarley’s name alive and bring attention to this case and other acts of police criminality. Stay tuned to Black Westchester for updates on this case!