A NYPD officer won't be charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed Bronx teen, a grand jury voted Wednesday.
ABC reports the jury decided there wasn't enough evidence to re-indict officer Richard Haste in the death of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham. Haste had been indicted by a different grand jury last year, but a judge threw out that indictment, citing a mistake by the assistant district attorney.
Cops chased Graham into his grandmother's Bronx apartment in February of 2012. They did not have a warrant to enter the apartment.
Acting on incorrect information that Graham was carrying a gun, Haste shot and killed the teen while he was attempting to flush marijuana down the toilet.
The family of the slain teen was quick to condemn the jury's decision. In a post to her Facebook wall, Graham's mother, Constance Malcolm, wrote:
Dear Ramarleys Friends, Families and supporters,
I was just informed that "Murderer" Richard Haste will NOT BE RE-INDICTED. I cannot believe the system is allowing Richard Haste who KILLED MY SON in the bathroom of his own home to go home to his family and able to look into their faces and smile. The justice system is making the same mistake again. I am in a state of shock that with all the evidence put in front of the Grand Jury, they had the nerve to let my sons killer off scotch free. However, I am not surprise of their actions because as dating back to almost 20 years ago they (COPS) were murdering our BLACK AND LATINO families and getting away with it. How can we protect our kids when they have to not only watch out for others of their peers wanting to hurt them but to also watch out for police officers who can cold bloodily kill them without any impunity.
However, I can assure you that this will not end like any other. I will not go away and fold my arms while my sons is asking that i get justice for the injustice that was done to him. I being a person from the Island always see crimes happening around me but I never thought that one day I will have to endure the hurt and pain of loosing my son to not only another civilian but by someone that was sworn in by the law to protect and serve. REALLY??? Who are they here to Protect and Serve?
As I mentioned in a previous email, that I will take it to the highest. I will make sure Richard Haste pays for his crime. I will be gathering at the DA's Office at 198 East 161st Street, Bronx, NY tomorrow at 1:00pm sharp to announce my disgust and outrage of not only the system but the people behind the system.
Everybody, from mayor Bloomberg who's fighting the Inspector General oversight to Ray Kelly who keeps his cops skeletons in his closet to Pat Lynch who's the DEVIL behind his Blue Wall Code of Silence to Stuart London who defends COPS WHO MURDERS INNOCENT PEOPLE OF COLOR to walk free and finally JUSTICE Stephen Barrett who sits on the bench behind a motto that says "In God We Trust" but instead trust his comrades. When will our innocent kids gets justice?
Graham's death led to large rallies in the Bronx outside the NYPD's 47th Precinct, where protesters decried the department's use of stop and frisk.
Graham's name today is often uttered in the same breath as Amadou Diallo, Kimani Gray, and other black and Latino men living in New York City who were shot and killed by police. His story is also often compared to that of Trayvon Martin's.