Five years after an NYPD cop fatally shot 18-year-old Ramarley Graham, the teen’s frustrated mom is threatening to campaign against Mayor de Blasio if the officers involved in the shooting aren’t fired.
“We will do whatever it takes. If we’ve got to bring it to your doorstep, we will,” said Constance Malcolm, speaking to about 250 people at a rally in Foley Square Thursday, the five-year anniversary of her son’s death.
Malcolm called for the firing of Officer Richard Haste, who shot and killed her son on Feb. 2, 2012 after following him into his Bronx home suspecting he had a gun, Officer John McLoughlin, Sgt. Scott Morris, and a dozen other officers involved in the shooting or its aftermath whose names have not been released.
“So this is my last warning to you. I need Richard Haste gone. I want Scott Morris gone, and McLoughlin,” she said.
After the rally, Malcolm told the Daily News that if the officers aren’t fired, “Election time is coming, and I’ll be one of the people campaigning to make sure he doesn’t win. It’s just human for him to do the right thing.”
Graham’s family have blasted Hizzoner for failing to meet with Malcolm while in office, after appearing with her on the campaign trail and promising transparency.
At a departmental trial last month, Haste stood by his decision to shoot Graham in the bathroom of the teen’s Bronx home. The officers were working on a street narcotics operation when Haste said he saw Graham, and thought he was carrying a gun. Graham was just walking by, and was not armed.
Graham’s family has contended that NYPD lawyers didn’t present a full accounting and didn’t call civilian witnesses.