Supporters gathered at the annual rally speaking and chanting loudly to remind the NYPD, they will stand with the family and will not go away until the family receives justice for their son.
With the aid of a black megaphone, facing the 47th Pct., Frank Graham expresses his frustration of the fact that, Officer Richard Haste is still employed by the NYPD and to date no one has been charge, indicted or even fired for the killing of his son, Ramarley. He let them know it loud and clear. Haste was actually charged with manslaughter, but the charges was later dropped.
“We will not forget, we will not forget, what they did,” Frank Graham shouts to the 47th Precinct. “As we said this morning when we went to City Hall, we are demanding that [Mayor] de Blasio and [Police Commissioner] Bratton fire Richard Haste, fire Scott Morris and bring charges against the other officers. This is not a white and black thing, because there were two African-American officers on that team, and we want them gone too.”
One of the things Frank Graham spoke on at the rally, was how officers from the 47th Precinct laughed not too long after killing his son and again while the family buried Ramarley, Frank states the officers were laughing.
While I personally had my back to the precinct, recording the rally, BW Correspondent Priscilla Echi expressed to me on the ride back to Westchester, how she was a little turned off during the rally when several officers, who were in the precinct doorway were laughing disrespectfully. I asked her to jot down what she saw.
‘One thing that threw me aback is when Mr. Graham was speaking and the officers in the doorway (African-American mind you) were laughing, not even concerned with what was being said,’ Priscilla Echi writes in a Facebook message to me, upon my request to include it in this article. ‘And if the timing wasn’t dead on, it just so happened to be when Mr. Graham was saying they were laughing at the funeral. That puts into perspective how much black lives matter to them. It was very hurtful to watch.’
You can see the disgust in Priscilla’s face in the video below as she watches the officers, while Frank talks about them laughing. One of the officers in the doorway was Richard Haste’s partner.
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 (749 East 229th Street). 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.
Determined to not let the death of their son just become yesterday’s headline as the world moves on, Frank Graham and Constance Malcolm (Ramarley’s mother) continue their quest for justice. Whether it be in front of the house their son was murdered in, in front of the 47th Pct., in front NYC City Hall or The Department of Justice, the parents continue to fight. Not just for the justice of their son, but also supporting others who’ve lost loved ones at the hand of the NYPD and are fighting for justice.
Constance Malcolm even came up to Mount Vernon, to stand with Herman Turner at a town-hall meeting and candlelight vigil for his wife Raynette Turner (who was the sixth African-American female killed in police custody in the U.S. in July 2015) and has traveled to White Plains to support Kenneth Chamberlain’s fight for justice for the murder of his dad, Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.
Stay tuned to BW for coverage of the Vigil: DOJ Prosecute! at the Department of Justice (One Saint Andrew Plaza/ near 1PP) held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, by Cynthia Turnquest-Jones (who was one of Ramarley’s teacher).