The plainclothes officer who followed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham into his home and fatally shot him on February 2nd, 2012 was indicted today by a Bronx grand jury on first- and second-degree manslaughter charges. The New York Post reports that Richard Haste faces up to 25 years in prison.
The undercover street narcotics unit thought Graham was “acting suspiciously,” which, vis-a-vis Trayvon Martin, we know is racist code language for being black.
After the shooting, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne admitted that “no evidence that he was armed.” Graham was dumping a small amount of marijuana in the toilet when Haste shot him in the upper left chest.
According to the NYTimes, the officers “used a narrow tactical radio frequency to alert their colleagues in the van that Mr. Graham might be armed, rather than issue a warning on a more heavily trafficked channel that would have drawn other police units to the scene.”
“We expect an indictment and are waiting for it,” said Jeffrey Emdin, the attorney for Graham’s family.