We reported yesterday that the NYPD officer who broke into 18 year-old Ramarley Graham’s house and shot him was indicted by a Bronx grand jury on first- and second-degree manslaughter charges. He is expected to turn himself in tomorrow.
DNAinfo reports that his family is disappointed that Officer Haste was indicted on manslaughter, not murder, charges. “The family is not happy,” said DNAinfo’s source. “It wasn’t what they were expecting in this case.”
“Not a day goes by that I don’t cry. We don’t sleep,” said Ramarley Graham’s father, Franclot Graham. “All we want for our son is justice.”
PBA President Patrick J. Lynch defended Haste’s actions in a press release on the Patrolmen Benevolent Association. (Yes, you read that right. Lynch.)
“We believe that this officer will be exonerated at trial,’ he said.
“We look forward to a complete review of the facts in this case which will demonstrate that this police officer believed that he was pursuing an armed felon who bolted rather than be caught with an illegal gun. Several members of the officer’s team had confirmed the presence of a gun and that constituted a grave danger to the officers and the community.”
Haste has been stripped of his gun and badge and placed on desk duty.
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