RAMARLEY GRAHAM | 18 YEARS OLD
On February 2, 2012, a narcotics unit in the Bronx approached 18-year-old Ramarley Graham. The NYPD reported that when officers directed attention towards Ramarley, he started running toward his house just a few blocks away. Surveillance footage, however, shows Graham walking up to his door at a normal pace and going inside. Seconds later, the surveillance footage shows two police officers run up to the same door and attempt to knock it down. After persistent efforts, Police were finally able to gain entry to the apartment building when a little boy confronted with armed officers, opened the door as they demanded. There was no warrant issued for their entry. Inside the building, one officer broke down the door of Ramarley’s family’s apartment. The NYPD reported that officer Richard Haste found Graham inside the bathroom flushing bag of marijuana down the toilet. According to the NYPD, Ramarley reached for his waistband, which made Haste think he was armed. Haste responded by shooting Ramarley in the chest. No gun was found on Ramarley or anywhere else in the house. Ramarley was shot in front of his 6-year-old brother and his grandmother. Ramarley died later at the hospital.