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Following a march from the Bronx D.A.s office to the Harlem State Office Building the supporters of the family of Ramarley Graham gathered to speak out on the failure to indict NYPD officer Richard Haste for the murder of Ramarley Graham. His father, Franclot Graham lays out the families suffering and their demand for justice.
Message From Ramarley Graham's Mother
Dear Ramarley's supporters,
I am not sure if everyone is up to date as to what happened on the last court date but we were not given the impression that a trial will start anytime soon. A trial date was not set due to some " TECHNICALITY". Now, there was no technicality when this murderer illegally gained access to my building, ran upstairs, and kicked off my apartment door and murdered my son. There were no technicality when they were all smirking in my backyard because they did a good job murdering Ramarley in cold blood. There were no technicality when at his first court appearance he was greeted with applaud by his fellow comrades.
Ramarley Graham's family, along with community members, activists and supporters held the last vigil for Ramarley. This was the 18th of weekly vigils held for Ramarley and represented his age at the time he was killed. Months earlier Ramarley was shot and killed by NYPD officer Richard Haste in his own home. Ramarley was unarmed.
The group marched through the neighborhood in the Bronx before descending on the 47th Precinct. There Student Minister Abdul Hafeez Muhammad of Mosque No. 7 addressed the crowd.
Soon after the group left the 47th Precinct and headed to a local church to hear from more speakers including, The Reverend Al Sharpton, Councilman Jumaane Williams and New York City Comptroller John Liu.
NYPD officer Richard Haste was indicted in the killing of Ramarley Graham and is being charged with manslaughter. Haste is to turn himself in on Wednesday morning, June 13, 2012.
ATH considers this to be only a small step in the right direction, but far from justice. We are seeking a conviction of officer Haste. We also believe that other members of the NYPD need to be held accountable. What of the officers who falsely reported over the radio to Officer Haste that Ramarley had a gun? How can they make this kind of accusation without knowing it for sure? What of all the officers and commanding officers who were part of this "Street Narcotics Unit" that we saw on the scene in the surveillance footage outside Ramarley's Grahams house? Who gave the call that it was ok to kick down his door to pursue him? Is is standard police procedure to kick in peoples doors who are thought to have a gun? Considering they had the entire house surrounded couldn't they have asked for Ramarley Graham to come out with his hands up? These are just some of the questions that need to be asked. Others are responsible for Ramarley's death, not solely officer Richard Haste.
Jose LaSalle, an organizer of the group Stop Stop-and-Frisk informed All Things Harlem that the Graham family would like for the court house in the Bronx to be full of Brothers and Sisters who believe this system isn't designed to protect those who commit crimes against the Human Family. Richard Haste will be at the court house on Jun 13, the court house is going to be full of police officers supporting the murderer Richard Haste. For all those who can make it, we ask you to be at the Bronx Criminal Court at 8:30 Am, there is going to be a conference outside and then we are going into court house to watch Richard Haste get indicted. Lets occupy the courts.
Location: The Bronx Criminal Division is located at 215 East 161st Street, between Sherman & Sheridan Avenues.
Public Transportation: Directions Take the C, D or 4 train to Yankee Stadium/161st Street Station. Take the BX 6 or BX 13 to East 161st Street & Sheridan Avenue; the BX 1 to East 161st Street & Grand Concourse.