Murdered by police for Marijuana? Last Thursday, Bronx narcotics officer Richard Haste, 30, charged at 18-year-old Ramarley Graham. Graham fled to his grandmother’s apartment. Haste kicked the door in. Graham ran into the bathroom where he flushed a marijuana cigarette.
Haste said he yelled “GUN” before he shot the teenager in the chest. But the 18-year-old didn’t posses a gun. Only small amounts of marijuana.
New York City journalists and police are investigating police treatment of Ramarley Graham’s grandmother after the incident. The grandmother, 58-year-old Patricia Hartley, was taken to the police station and questioned after her grandson was shot in the chest. He died in the hospital.
When all is said and done, Ramarley Graham died because he possessed a tiny amount of marijuana. Whether the patrolling officer returns to duty or not and whether he is or is not charged with murder, the family and friends of an 18-year-old are grieving. And they are angry with police for what appears to be a search initiated by narcotics officer to seize marijuana. Even if only trace amounts.
Patricia Hartley said police threw her to the ground and stuck a gun in her face after Ramarley Graham, 18, was killed inside the bathroom of his family’s Bronx apartment.
The weeping woman was also denied access to her heart medication, said Assemblyman Eric Stevenson (D-Bronx), who helped win her release from the 47th Precinct stationhouse.
“I asked the district attorney a simple question: ‘Is this woman being held against her will?’ ” Stevenson recounted Saturday. “Within 10 minutes, she was released.”
...Hartley, although at best a witness to the slaying, was taken by cops to the Bronx precinct stationhouse and kept away from family, friends and a lawyer, her supporters charged.
Video report from PIX News, including surveillance video of police breaking and entering into the home.