Unarmed teenager killed in his home in front of his little brother and grandmother........
Plainclothes officers spotted 18-year-old Ramarley Graham on White Plains Road in the Wakefield section around 3 p.m. Thursday. They saw him adjusting his belt and thought he had a gun, so they chased him into his home on East 229th Street. In the bathroom, a struggle ensued and Graham was shot in the torso, while his 6-year-old little brother and grandmother watched.
Police say the officer fired one shot at close range from his 9mm semiautomatic handgun. Graham collapsed inside the bathroom and was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Grandmother Patricia Hartley spoke exclusively to Eyewitness News reporter Jeff Pegues following seven hours of questioning by police. She said the officers pushed Graham to the ground and pushed her down, as well.
She broke down and cried as she tried to describe the moment when the officer shot her grandson in the chest as she stood beside him in the bathroom.
Investigators believe Graham ran because he had marijuana and was rushing home to flush it down the toilet.
Adjusting his belt equates to possibly having a gun?
After this incident took place, they then proceeded to interrogate Mr. Graham's grandmother for seven hours in an attempt to confuse her and get her to turn against her grandson.
I am disgusted by the NYPD and their lack of respect for human life. Their motto is to "shoot to kill" and because they practice this in every situation possible, we constantly have to watch family after family fall victim to this malice behavior. Can a young black man walk down the streets of New York City without fearing for his life? It's come to the point where we now have a serious and deadly situation on our hands. We have a rogue law enforcement agency who believes themselves to be above the law. The job of the NYPD is "to protect and serve," they do none of that. They strike fear, intimidate and kill people for no reason.
Where the plainclothes officers justified in suspecting Ramarley Graham?
Is having marijuana in your pockets punishable by death?
Did the NYPD Officers have any reason to shoot Mr. Graham?
Why would the NYPD need to interogate Patricia Hartley for seven hours?
How will this incident effect the 6-year old little brother who witnessed this?
How can the NYPD makes changes so they can actually "protect and serve" the community?
Are you as pissed off about this story as I am?