shot and killed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham after chasing him into his grandmotherâ€™s apartment over an alleged weed purchase, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of manslaughter. A judge threw out that indictment earlier this year because the prosecutor did not inform the grand jury that Hasteâ€™s colleagues told him (wrongly) that Graham was armed. Prosecutors vowed to seek a new indictment, but a grand jury has now declined to do that. NBC New York reports that the Bronx DA said he was â€śsurprised and shockedâ€ť by the decision and that the dismissal of the original indictment was an â€śoverly cautiousâ€ť act by the judge.Dick Haste, the NYPD officer who
We spoke to a Bronx councilman last month who has been pressing the Ramarley Graham issue; he would not admit that the war on drugs played a role in the teenâ€™s death, preferring to focus exclusively on â€śracial profilingâ€ť even as he and other politicians want more police on their streets to combat â€śdrug abuseâ€ť.
The Graham family has a pending lawsuit against the NYPD.