Ramarley Graham’s Family Suing Over Killing of Son by NYPD

shot by copfamily photoA year ago tomorrow, Ramarley Graham was shot by NYPD cops (street narcotics unit) in the bathroom of his grandmother’s home, having been followed there on suspicions he participated in a drug sale. His family is now suing over the incident. Details from the lawsuit, via DNA Info:

The blistering 108-page lawsuit filed by Graham's family details how plainclothes officers in street narcotics unit barged into their apartment, fired at the teen and hauled his grandmother away for hours of grueling questioning and intimidation…

Graham's grandmother, Patricia Hartley, who was several feet away from Graham at the time [he was shot], immediately cried out, "Why did you shoot him, why you killed him?" the lawsuit says.

Haste then pushed Hartley into a vase and said, "Get the f--- away before I have to shoot you, too," according to the lawsuit.

Hartley, who was 58 and weighed 85 pounds at the time, was then allegedly forced into a seat and had her arm twisted behind her back after she tried to make a phone call.

Cops eventually took Hartley to the 47th Precinct station house, where investigators called her a "f---ing liar" and claimed she was covering for the dead teen, whom cops believed had thrown a gun out a window, the lawsuit says. No gun was ever recovered, and a small bag of marijuana was found in the toilet…

Hartley was allegedly locked in a station house room for nearly seven hours, and cops ignored her and her daughter's request to leave, the suit says. Hartley's lawyer says he was also denied access to her for more than 90 minutes. When Hartley was eventually released, she was treated at a hospital for trauma.

In a statement given by the cop who shot Graham, he said: “I thought he was going to kill me. So I shot him.”

Graham was one of 21 people, overwhelmingly minorities, shot and killed by the NYPD in 2012.

Some video of the teen and the cops pursuing him just before he was shot here and here.

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  • iggy||

    Sounds like pretty good police work to me.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    wow dude lol

  • nilecroc||

    I think the cop should be shot as punishment for murdering an innocent person. Then he should be locked for the rest of his miserable life and be force to work for the grandmother for shooting her grandchild and "interrogating" her.

  • ΘJΘʃ de águila||

    Should.....but the "Officer of the Year Award for Valor" will go to guess who?

  • Dallas H.||

    Innocent? Did you not read the article?! There was weed in the toilet, so obviously he deserved to die! Otherwise, he could never grow up to be president!

  • Aresen||

    In a statement given by the cop who shot Graham, he said: “I thought he was going to kill me. So I shot him.”

    The kid was going to use his elastic man super-power to reach through the window and retrieve the non-existent gun that he threw away in order to shoot the cop.

    Sounds reasonable enough for a police statement.

  • Fatty Bolger||

    Yeah, "I had to shoot him because he threw a gun out the window" is not a very convincing argument.

    Maybe he threw it out after being shot? I mean, I'm sure that after being shot my first priority would be to throw my gun out the window.

  • ||

    The NYPD fucking rule NYC, and they fucking know it. But they're even worse outside of Manhattan, because that's where the poorer people live.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Don't fuck with gang Blue.

  • iggy||

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new.....-1.1115101

    C'mon, Epi. Haven't you heard Bloomberg explain why we need the NYPD to constantly watch us? The right to privacy doesn't trump someone's right to walk down his hallway without being blown away. If we stop the stop and frisks, which effect mostly black and brown people, everyone in New York will be murdered to death. It's basic logic.

  • ||

    Bloomberg is the gang leader.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    Fuck NYPD.

  • Rhywun||

    They basically act like an occupying army. None of them live in the city, contrary to every NYC cop drama ever aired on network TV. They view those of us who do live here as scum, and act accordingly. I happen to like living in NYC but like any sane New Yorker I will avoid the cops at all costs.

  • Paul.||

    “I thought he was going to kill me. So I shot him.”

    Pretty straightforward.

  • Coeus||

    waaaah! a justified shoot is a justified shoot.

    hth

  • Sal Paradise||

    Procedures were followed.

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