It’s been nearly two years since the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it was reviewing the evidence in the death of Ramarley Graham, an unarmed black teen gunned down at his home in the Bronx in 2012 by NYPD Officer Richard Haste.
And it’s been nearly a year since the DOJ told Graham’s family it had launched a formal civil rights investigation into his death.
“We’re here demanding that the Department of Justice move swiftly on this case,” Graham’s mother, Constance Malcolm, told a crowd of supporters Thursday outside the office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in lower Manhattan. “They’ve been investigating for two years now, but that’s not telling me anything. I want to know when I’m going to get justice for my son.”
“This is Chinnor Campbell, Ramarley’s brother, that was in the house when he was killed,” she continued, her hands resting on 9-year-old Chinnor’s shoulders. “What are you telling him? That the system doesn’t work for him? We don’t want that. We want the officers involved in Ramarley’s killing to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, not a slap on the wrist.”
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4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.