• Family Settles Suit with City for $3.9m After Cop Walks Free in Shooting

    February 21, 2015

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America


    In case you’re in a hurry, here’s the express version of this story:

    — African-American teen killed by a white cop;
    — Grand jury won’t indict, cop walks free;
    — Family wins wrongful death lawsuit;
    — Taxpayers lay out $3.9 million to pay for their killer cops on the loose.

    Read, repeat.

    And now, the details.

    The family of slain Bronx teen Ramarley Graham accepted $3.9 million in taxpayer money from the city to settle their wrongful death lawsuit.

    Police had claimed that Graham was suspected of purchasing an amount of marijuana small enough that its possession is now decriminalized in New York.

    Cops chased him into his home without a warrant. The cop who shot the teen, Officer Richard Haste, claimed that he had heard over the police radio that Graham was armed. No gun was found.

    After Graham was gunned down in his own bathroom, the cops threatened to shoot his grieving grandmother, according to the suit.

    “Why did you shoot him? Why you killed him?” the grandmother allegedly asked the officer who had just fired a fatal bullet into her grandson’s chest.

    “Get the f*ck away before I have to shoot you, too,” the suit said Haste shouted after pushing the 58-year-old grandmother backward.

    The elderly woman was detained at the local precinct for seven hours and forced to give a statement against her will.

    Officer Richard Haste, who fired the fatal shot, was initially indicted for manslaughter, but a judge threw out the case on a legal technicality.

    A second grand jury declined to indict the cop.

    “This was a tragic case,” said a spokesman for New York City.

    An ongoing federal investigation into possible civil rights violations by the NYPD moves into the third year since the killing. The lawsuit itself took two years after the teen’s death to reach settlement.

    As best I can tell Officer Haste, below, is still patrolling the streets as I write this.

    Read, repeat.

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  • Recent Comments

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      quote”Officer Richard Haste, who fired the fatal shot, was initially indicted for manslaughter, but a judge threw out the case on a legal technicality.”unquote

      Yes, the Judge looked up the “law” that says the State can’t prosecute Slugs. Let’s just hope someone else kills it.

      Meanwhile, the prison system murders continue unabated..


      Apparently, the State can’t prosecute Slugs but it’s ok to hire them as prison guards. The only question is..who cleans up their slime trails.

      sheezusHfuckingcrist.. if vigilante justice were alive today there’d be a special lamp post in every town and city in Murka. Or three.

      02/21/15 5:34 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      What a mess! Poliice recruiting allows such types into their ranks because the initial testing is most likely flawed. If I were a young black male I wouldn’t be doing anything to garner the attention of any cop-racist or not. Black males who get that message may end up ruling the world and deservedly so.

      02/21/15 10:09 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Meanwhile, in another Murkan police state city, another victim of police murder hits the floor…


      All I can say is.. Mike Vanderbough is right..Fight Tyranny..SHOOT BACK. I’m ordering my hat today.

      Meanwhile, just yesterday he gave a speech that some people will become uncomfortable with. Too bad. Like he says..it is the unvarnished truth. Tyranny IS coming to your door.. The only question left is..what will you do once they start shooting.


      02/22/15 1:03 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Pitch, building on your preferred term -Murkan- I think murky perfectly describes this immoral and dishonest nation. Most of us are now fully mentally “murked” up as in burked up. We seem to enjoy bobbing in our own little brackish moat as mirthful murky Murkans.

      02/22/15 2:00 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      John..I didn’t coin the term. Marcy Wheeler..aka “emptywheel” did. In case you aren’t familiar with her name, she is one of the most profound National Security bloggers on the net. Here is her latest..and it’s a whopper. She makes Sherlock Holmes look like an amateur.


      02/22/15 4:01 PM | Comment Link

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