NYPD cop who shot Ramarley Graham should be fired, protesters say
Family of an unarmed Bronx teen shot dead by an NYPD officer in 2012, furious at this week’s announcement that the shooter will go unprosecuted, went to City Hall Thursday to demand his firing.
Chanting and flanked by members of the City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, the mother of Ramarley Graham said her grief is compounded by Officer Richard Haste’s continued presence on the police force, as well as that of others involved in the case.
“These officers should not be running around with a gun or a badge,” Constance Malcolm, the 18-year-old’s mother, said in the City Hall plaza. “They murdered my son.”
Speaking in the Bronx later in the day, Police Commissioner William Bratton said the officers involved had been served with internal charges and the case is “now in the hands of the department advocate” — the NYPD’s in-house prosecutor — “and he will be putting his case together and going forward.”
At the rally, leaders of the 26-member council caucus released a letter to Bratton saying that “Officer Haste’s continued service on the police force is neither safe nor just.”
The fatal encounter began Feb. 2, 2012, when narcotics cops became suspicious of Graham as he walked through a Bronx neighborhood with friends. Radio traffic indicates they believed he was armed.
They chased him to his family’s apartment, and, without a warrant, busted in and shot him, mistaking a gesture by the teen as a reach for a weapon. Marijuana was found in the toilet, but no gun.
A state grand jury had initially indicted the cop, but that case was dismissed because of a prosecutorial mistake. A second grand jury declined to indict. The city settled a civil case with the teen’s family for $3.9 million.
Earlier this week, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, announced that there was insufficient evidence to charge Haste with a federal crime.
Assemblyman Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn) said that the lack of any prosecution and Haste’s employment with the NYPD put the city in jeopardy for unrest.
won’t bring charges in Graham case
“Warning! Warning!” Barron said. “When peaceful methods for justice are ignored, violence is inevitable.”
— With Anthony M. DeStefano
Cops Leave Family A Note Explaining Why They Shot Their Dog
By Christian Cotroneo
An Oklahoma family came home from church this week to find a scene from hell on their doorstep.
Their faithful dog, Bruno, had been shot. Still, he waited faithfully on their porch for Angie Laymon and her young children to return.
A note on the door offered some kind of explanation. It was from Rogers County police.
"We were investigating a crime and your dog attacked our deputy," it read. "The dog was shot and we need you to call us."
Laymon, who shared her story on Facebook, gathered that there had been a disturbance at the neighbor's house earlier.
"A deputy came over to ask some questions regarding the neighbor's house and felt threatened by my dog. So he shot him on my porch. That was their story," Laymon told Fox 23 News.
Bruno spent three hours bleeding on a porch before Laymon and her daughters found him.
Bruno's leg was amputated on Friday. "The damage was too significant and the chances of healing were slim to none," Laymon wrote.
A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $5,000 to help cover Bruno's medical bills.
Laymon shared a message on her Facebook page from an officer who read about her story:
"Most cops I know love dogs. But when at work the mentality changes. I'm so very sorry this happened. Sad to say he will get to keep his job. Also sad to say his next target will possibly be a human. Many hugs to your family. And my sincerest apologies."
As for Laymon, she's taking the high road, choosing not to publish the name of the officer who did this to her dog.
"Thousands of people are heartsick at what has been done to Bruno. It is horrible, it is tragic, it is heartbreaking for my children to have witnessed it," she writes on Facebook. "But what if someone decides to take revenge? What if someone takes the name that I share and takes justice into their own hands. What if another senseless tragedy follows the first?"
Indeed, she's taking a better, more effective road to making sure this kind of thing doesn't happen again.
"I do want Rogers County to take a good hard look at protocol and realize that pets are family members and that this should have been avoided," she writes.
Want to help? Get in touch with Rogers County and let officials know that police need better training in their interactions with animals.
You can reach the sheriff at this number: 918-923-4939. You can also call the Rogers County Sheriff's Office at 918-923-4755.
To learn more about finding justice for companion animals killed by police, visit the Animal Legal Defense Fund here.
Family Says Officer Shot Their Dog During Search At Miami-Dade Home
March 7, 2016 11:14 PM By Carey Codd
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Miami family is angry after a Miami-Dade Police officer opened fire on their dog, killing him.
According to the Garcia family, several Miami Dade Police officers showed up Monday morning looking for someone. Once officers walked in to the yard, the family’s dog, Charlie, did what he normally does — protect his turf.
“If somebody comes in the house that he doesn’t know, he’s gonna bark at them and tell them, ‘Hey. I’m here. Get out,'” said Adrian Garcia, Charlie’s owner.
The family says the dog was barking and growling at officers but stopped and stood next to Garcia’s mother.
“My mom repeatedly said, ‘Don’t come inside. There’s a dog. Let me put him away,'” Garcia said.
Garcia said one of the officers opened fire, shooting Charlie in the neck. Garcia said what also upsets him is a comment one of the officers’ made.
“He said the shooting and death of my dog meant nothing,” Garcia said. “That he’s just an animal.”
The family took cellphone video through a screen showing officers in the front yard looking for something after the shooting. The family believes they were looking for the shell casing from the shooting.
Garcia said the officers showed his mother a picture of the man they were looking for. Garcia said it was a black man with dreadlocks and no one fitting that description lives here.
“We don’t know if he used to live here,” Garcia said.
Garcia and his wife say they moved in about 6 months ago.
“We had absolutely no problem with them looking in here,” said Lizett Vila. “It’s just that we told them, let’s tie up the dog first.”
Miami Dade Police said they were at the address to serve a warrant on someone inside the home but they could not elaborate. A spokesperson for the Miami-Dade Police Department said many of the details of the shooting and who police were looking for will be investigated by Internal Affairs officers. But one thing is certain — the spokesperson said — no officer wants to shoot and kill someone’s animal.
Garcia says they had a Beware of Dog sign posted on the front fence and he is angry that the officers only reaction was to shoot his pet.
“You don’t walk into a house without knowing there’s a dog,” Garcia said. “That’s a very rookie move of them.”
Garcia said he’s going to hire a lawyer to look into a possible lawsuit against the Miami-Dade Police Department.