The police officer who fatally shot unarmed Ramarley Graham in the bathroom of his Wakefield home in 2012 quit the NYPD after he was found guilty on all counts in a departmental trial, officials said.
NYPD officer Richard Haste has chose to resign before his commissioner could make a final decision on his 2012 manslaughter case. 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.
Haste, 35, was found guilty at his departmental trial Friday on charges that included him using poor tactics during the 2012 incident.
Last night, the NYPD issued this statement, "On Sunday March 26th, Police Officer Richard Haste made a decision to quit the NYPD upon being informed that on Friday March 24th the Department Trial Commissioner found him guilty on all counts and recommended his employment be terminated".
Malcolm was outraged Haste was allowed to resign.
"Nothing can take away the profound pain left after his loss", said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Graham's court case ended in January. A new grand jury declined to indict, and federal prosecutors also declined to bring charges. A second grand jury declined to charge him in the case.
Haste's resignation also follows a trend of what activists as watered down justice for victims of police violence in New York City: Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who held Eric Garner in a chokehold leading to the unarmed man's death in 2014, had been placed on modified duty and collected large overtime payments amid a federal investigation. All of officer Haste's actions were performed in good faith. His attorney Stuart London says his client should not have been forced to resign.
Graham's shooting death came before a spate of highly publicized killings by police, such as the deaths of Michael Brown, Walter Scott and Eric Garner, that helped propel the topic into the spotlight. "How is my youngest son supposed to trust and believe in cops when he saw they murdered his brother in front of him and there is zero accountability?" He testified about the February 2, 2012 incident in which he chased Graham, 18, from a nearby bodega into his home.
Left to right: Officer Richard Haste and Constance Malcolm, mother of Ramarley Graham.
Haste, who is white, testified that he yelled, "Show me your hands!" but Graham instead reached deeper into his trousers and yelled obscenities.
The original indictment alleges that Haste acted "recklessly" and ultimately killed 18-year-old Graham while "acting with intent to cause serious physical injury.by shooting him".