Mother of Unarmed Bronx Teenager Killed by Police Seeks Fed. Charges

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The mother of an unarmed Bronx teen who was shot and killed by a New York City police officer will deliver thousands of petitions Wednesday demanding a full Department of Justice investigation.

The family of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham and other civil leaders will request a full investigation on civil rights violations and a meeting with the U.S. attorney.

Graham was fatally shot by Officer Richard Haste on Feb. 2, 2012 in the bathroom of his family’s apartment in the Bronx.

 

 

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Police said narcotics officers spotted Graham on the street adjusting his waistband and thought he had a gun. When the officers approached, authorities said Graham took off running toward his home.

Police said officers confronted Graham in the bathroom as he tried to flush marijuana down the toilet. Graham’s family said the teen’s grandmother and 6-year-old brother were inside the house at the time of the shooting.

A gun was never recovered. Authorities previously said Graham had at least two prior arrests for marijuana and burglary.

Haste was indicted, but the case was dismissed and a second grand jury decided not to indict the officer. The Justice Department has been reviewing the case for the last year.

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