In 2012, officer Richard Haste shot and killed an unarmed black teenager named Ramarley Graham. Now, after being found guilty in an internal disciplinary trial, Haste has resigned from his position — only moments before being fired.
The shooting occurred in Graham's family bathroom following a chase, as his grandmother and brother looked on. Haste went on to claim that Graham had reached into his pants to find a weapon, but Graham had been unarmed.
According to CNN, Haste has previously pleaded not guilty to charges of first- and second-degree manslaughter. The judge had thrown out the indictment in 2013. The Graham family eventually received a $3.9 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit against the city. Federal prosecutors had completed an investigation in March 2016, concluding that that there was insufficient evidence for a criminal civil rights case.
A more recent internal review within the NYPD concluded Haste was "guilty on all counts and recommended his employment be terminated." NYPD Police Commissioner James O'Neill has "fully concurred with the findings and recommendations of the Trial Commissioner." Haste resigned shortly after this review.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio approved of the outcome on Facebook:
The New York Times notes that Graham's mother, Constance Malcolm, remained angry that it took so long for this conclusion to be reached: “This is just another example that the de Blasio administration doesn’t care about justice and accountability,” she said in a statement.
Officer Haste had previously turned down a plea deal that would have allowed him to avoid the disciplinary hearing and resign with a pension.
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