World: New York City settles with family of slain black teen

Ramarley Graham


New York City has settled with the family of an unarmed black teen fatally shot by police in 2012, agreeing to pay $3.9 million.

Ramarley Graham, 18, was shot dead on February 2, 2012 inside the bathroom of his Bronx apartment after being followed by police officers who said they believed he was carrying a gun.

“This was a tragic case,” New York City Law Department spokesman Nicholas Paolucci said in an email.

“After evaluating all the facts, and consulting with key stakeholders such as the NYPD, it was determined that settling the matter was in the best interest of the city,” he added.

The officer, Richard Haste, was indicted for the fatal shooting in June 2012.

Police said several officers who had seen Graham on the street – including Haste – suspected he had a gun because of the way he moved his hands near his waist.

Haste and a partner followed Graham to his apartment building and kicked down his apartment door. Haste shot Graham in the chest in a bathroom, police said.

In May 2013, a judge dismissed the charges, ruling that prosecutors gave the grand jury improper instructions.

The New York Daily News reported that a second grand jury later decided against re-indicting Haste. A federal probe of the shooting by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office is ongoing, the paper reported.

New York City’s settlement with the Graham family ends a federal lawsuit filed over the killing.

The Law Department said $2.95 million will go to Graham’s estate, while Graham’s brother will receive $500,000, his grandmother will get $450,000, and his mother will receive $40,000.

The settlement comes a day after the girlfriend of another unarmed black teen shot dead by a police officer notified officials that she plans to file a $50 million lawsuit against the city.


5 Responses to World: New York City settles with family of slain black teen

  1. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer January 31, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    the lawyers get most of it. and it won’t bring him back. 40K for the life of your son. Karma…coming to the police…

    • Ken Debajee
      Ken Debajee February 1, 2015 at 5:43 am

      not 40k sweetie, its almost 4 million, truth is i would be will to move on, for my family to get 4 mil, just saying, anyway tax payers paying that, police pay nothing

  2. Shontelle Ifill
    Shontelle Ifill January 31, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Kymberli Phillips-Lopez

    • Yvonne Griffith
      Yvonne Griffith January 31, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      I must be stupid but that blood money can’t replace a murdered child. I’d find some worthy institution to donate that money towards. I ‘d be unable to live with myself, using that money. God will provide.


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