Feds to Review Police Killing of Ramarley Graham

shot by copfamily photoAfter a grand jury declined to re-indict Officer Dick Haste for the killing of Ramarley Graham, the Department of Justice has stepped in to say it would investigate the killing for civil rights violations. The move is not at all unprecedented. As I mentioned in a blog post last week about the latest in the case of the cops involved in the 2005 New Orleans Danziger Bridge shootings and coverups, when their indictments were tossed the Bush Department of Justice filed its own federal civil rights charges, and the five were eventually convicted of various civil rights charges and face between six and 65 years in prison. As for Haste, the original indictment was thrown out because the judge decided the grand jury should’ve been informed that Haste was (wrongly) told by fellow officers that Graham had a gun. Graham’s parents addressed that, via NY1:

"Richard Haste was running and he was the one with the gun but who's in the grave right now? My son. And up to now no one can tell me what happened to my son," said Constance Malcolm, Ramarley Graham's mother.

"For all the liars on that team who said Ramarley had a gun, you are all just as guilty. It's a conspiracy to murder my son," said Franclot Graham, Ramarley Graham's father.

There’s no timeline for when the feds might make a decision on whether to prosecute Haste, and no indication anyone other than Haste will be investigated.

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  • RightNut||

    I still think federal prosecution of a person found innocent is wrong in nearly every case, even one as disgusting as this.

  • Bo Cara Esq.||

    Do you think federal prosecution of state officials who were found innocent of an alleged wrong in a state court (that of course might be quite friendly to the official) is wrong?

  • Ed||

    Declining to indict is not the same as finding someone not guilty, either

  • Bo Cara Esq.||

    Fair enough, but don't you face the same issues? If a local prosecutor who worked with a local official declines to indict, or a judge decides to throw out an indictment there could likely be 'something up.'

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Since this is only another attempt at an indictment and not a second jury trial, I'm don't have a problem with it. It doesn't look like a double jeopardy violation.

  • R C Dean||

    What Fisty said. Plus, the feds aren't looking at a murder charge, they're looking at a civil rights charge.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Bingo. And that's really the point. It's the Fed's job to protect your constitutional perhaps especially when violated by the states. Too bad they don't practice what they preach.

  • Bo Cara Esq.||

    -in the 2005 New Orleans Danziger Bridge shootings and coverups, when their indictments were tossed the Bush Department of Justice filed its own federal civil rights charges, and the five were eventually convicted of various civil rights charges and face between six and 65 years in prison

    I thought George Bush didn't care about black people, especially ones from New Orleans?

  • jesse.in.mb||

    OT: Ed, WH.GOV video embeds might need to go under the fold in the future. Obama is currently talking about wounded soldiers on your main page.

    Michelle is surprisingly good at warming up a crowd even if from what I heard she was shoveling a ton of bullshit.

  • jesse.in.mb||

    Apparently by the end of this year we'll be down to 34,000 troops in Afghanistan, and by the end of next year everyone will be home. MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDAR KIDS!

  • ΘJΘʃ de águila||

    Yeah, a untold hundreds of thousands of dead Afghan civilians, a wrecked country destroyed by a "war of choice" and thousands of drone-dead Pakistanis later. YAY TEAM Obama the Peace Laureate!

    BTW, those troops will not be home. They will be in Africa and whatever region the commander decides to invade and subdue next.

  • jesse.in.mb||

    I hope you didn't read that as anything other than sarcasm. I'm pretty sure a ton of those troops will still be in Afghanistan as "advisers" long after they've "come home".

  • General Butt Naked||

    Holy shit, did it just start harassing you as well?

    see below...

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    I complained about this on another thread, and was about to complain about it on this one.

    When did Reason become the All Obama, All the Time site?

  • General Butt Naked||

    It didn't autoplay on my computer yesterday. But I was sitting here reading a Cracked article in another tab and some piece of shit starts blabbering on about some bullshit. My volume was turned up all the way, so I was pretty salty as I looked for the source of the annoyance.

  • jesse.in.mb||

    I was surprised it started autoplaying in the main window. Yesterday it only autoplayed in the article. Proof positive that if you give the whitehouse an inch they'll take a mile!

  • Mike M.||

    No shit. As if we don't get enough of Block Yomomma's big stupid mouth in the regular media!

  • Ed||

    Thanks for the heads up. I was getting an auto-play earlier but assumed it was off Al Gore's website. It should be under the fold now!

  • General Butt Naked||

    It's gone, woo hoo!

    Thanks, Ed!

  • jesse.in.mb||

    Seems fixed. I can now safely return to browsing. Thanks for the quick response.

  • Ted S.||

    This is why I have my browser set up to play embedded videos and other plug-ins only on demand.

  • Rhywun||

    Yeah, FlashBlock is a must-have - auto play is evil.

  • General Butt Naked||

    Dear Ed,

    Yesterday you posted a link to a video on the president's press conference that will autoplay like an autonomous machine gone mad on digital dexedrine. Every time I reload the Hit ampersand Run blog I am treated to some old pasty fuck telling me how great Michelle Obama is. I can't express how nut crushingly annoying this is.

    For the love of Jesus Hasselhoff Christ, can you please take down that video. If I have to hear that deviant geezer one more time, I'm gonna stab myself in the face with an ice pick and pour booze into the holes until I pass out.

    And yes, I know that I can mute the video, but I'll still know that that doughy cunt is down there yammering on and taking up memory. Please kill it (with fire, if necessary-I can help with this).

    Regards,
    General Butt Naked, Ret.

  • jesse.in.mb||

    That's quite beautiful, GBN, you should put your name in the hat next time Nicole and SugarFree vie for poet laureate of H&R.

  • General Butt Naked||

    That letter came straight from the heart, and I meant every word of it.

    Too bad Ed fixed the problem, because my essay on the ice pick situation was going to be a real page turner.

  • jesse.in.mb||

    The Ice Pick Conundrum: A Murder Mystery Novella by the esteemed General Butt Naked.

    In a world where politicians and pundits are secretly being given icepick lobotomies, who can tell the difference? One man can...

    "This childish piece of libertarian fantasy posits that nobody would be able to tell the difference between my articles and the articles written by a drooling-imbecile, post-lobotomy me. Trash"
    --Paul Krugman

    "Wait, our political leadership hasn't already been lobotomized?"
    --American voters everywhere

  • William of Purple||

    now tell us how you really feel.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    For the love of Jesus Hasselhoff Christ, can you please take down that video. If I have to hear that deviant geezer one more time, I'm gonna stab myself in the face with an ice pick and pour booze into the holes until I pass out.

    Suicide, or MURDER?

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Also, that autoplay White House bullshit crashed the shit out of my computer yesterday.

    A little while ago, it locked up while I was in a different window. I guess I now why, now.

    My bandwidth is not unlimited.

  • ΘJΘʃ de águila||

    It's not done --- "Presidential" alerts will come over your cell phone and you CAN"T TURN THEM OFF!

  • MappRapp||

    Sounds like a very serious deal to me dude. Wow.

    www.Anon-Tactics.tk

  • Rhywun||

    "It's a conspiracy to murder my son."

    I empathize with this woman - but dammit, words have meanings.

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