The NYPD cop who shot and killed Ramarley Graham in 2012 will not face a grand jury regarding the case according to a statement from the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office. The Graham family was hopeful that prosecutors would convene a jury as part of a potential federal civil rights prosecution of Officer Richard Haste, the New York Daily News reports.
A portion of the statement released earlier today from the offices of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara reads as follows:
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that there is insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal charges in connection with the fatal shooting of Ramarley Graham. Mr. Graham was killed during an encounter with police officers from the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) on February 2, 2012. Mr. Graham was 18 years old at the time. The U.S. Attorney met today with Mr. Graham’s family and their representatives to inform them of this decision.
After conducting a thorough and independent investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has determined that there is insufficient evidence to meet the high burden of proof required for a federal criminal civil rights prosecution.
The Daily News added that Graham’s mother, Constance Malcolm, met with Bharara ahead of his statement. The publication writes that Malcolm was disappointed in the direction Bharara decided to take, and has been critical of the office in the past.
Graham’s father, Frank Graham, said that the family will be focusing their energy on getting Haste fired from the force.
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