In response to Richard Haste being allowed to resign, Ramarley Graham’s mother Constance Malcolm issued the following statement.
“My son Ramarley was gunned down and murdered by NYPD Officer Richard Haste over 5 years ago. Richard Haste should have been in prison but instead of even firing him, the de Blasio administration let him resign. This is just another example that the de Blasio administration doesn't care about justice and accountability. Every step of the way, the Mayor and NYPD have dragged their heels and have refused to hold officers accountable for murdering my son.
“Mayor de Blasio has once again disregarded communities impacted by the NYPD’s abusive and discriminatory policing, prioritizing announcements above substance. When New Yorkers are the subject of unwarranted surveillance based on their political activities or religion, it doesn’t build trust to secretly appoint and announce an independent civilian monitor without input from the communities who forced the appointment of such an official by the courts in the first place.
The mother of Ramarley Graham, Constance Malcolm, was joined by community supporters to announce their filing an appeal of the de Blasio administration and NYPD’s blanket denial of their FOIL request for records pertaining to the killing of her son. The move could represent the preview of a legal battle against the de Blasio administration into records related to Ramarley Graham’s killing that his family has sought from Mayor de Blasio for several years.
de Blasio continues to inexplicably insist that training and ‘neighborhood policing’ are resolution to NYPD abuses/misconduct, in which officers abuse authority and violate oath to protect and serve
As Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner O’Neill tout January crime statistics, the continued incidents and examples of alleged and substantiated abuses, misconduct, racial disparities, and lack of accountability remain.
In response to NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill claiming the department’s reform accomplishments are not being recognized by the public, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Monifa Bandele.
All Ramarley did was pull up his pants while walking with his friends. It was the biased-based, discriminatory profiling of the NYPD officers involved that created a contrary perception of the 18-year-old teenager, who was walking with friends within his own neighborhood. If the officers were so sure he was armed, why didn’t they stop-and-frisk him on the street for a weapon while he was calmly walking home?