The parents of an unarmed black teenager killed by a white New York City police officer exactly four years ago have written a letter to the mayor and his wife saying the city has waited too long to fire the officer.
Ramarley Graham was 18 when he was shot once in the bathroom of his Bronx home by Richard Haste, an officer who had barged inside during a drug probe.
The teenager’s parents, Constance Malcolm and Franclot Graham, said in their letter to mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray:
“Four years have passed, and there has been no explanation, no justice, no morality, and thus no sense of legitimacy .
"It is sickening for any penny of our tax dollars — or any New Yorkers’ for that matter — to be received by any of the officers who were responsible for the murder of our son, and the cover-up.”
Haste was initially indicted on a manslaughter charge but a judge dismissed the case after determining prosecutors improperly instructed grand jurors. A new grand jury cleared him.
After the shooting, Haste was stripped of his badge and gun and assigned to the department’s fleet services division, but an internal disciplinary proceeding against him has been on hold pending the outcome of a federal investigation.
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