Youth & Student Groups Demand Justice in Police Killing of Ramarley Graham

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2016

Youth & Student Groups from across NYC to Convene outside Preet Bharara’s Office to Demand Justice in Police Killing of Ramarley Graham

Following MLK Day, young people will call for Bharara to #prosecuteNYPD officers who killed unarmed 18-year-old Graham and Justice Department to value young Black & Brown lives

WHAT:                       Youth speakout to demand Preet Bharara & DOJ prioritize justice in killing of Ramarley Graham and protection of Black & Brown young people’s lives

 

WHERE:                     Outside Office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, 1 St. Andrew’s Plaza, Lower Manhattan

 

WHEN:                       Tuesday, January 19 at 5:30 PM

 

WHO:                         Constance Malcolm, mother of Ramarley Graham

                                    The Brotherhood/Sister Sol

                                    Make the Road New York

                                    Urban Youth Collaborative

                                    Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice

                                    Sistas and Brothas United

                                    Future of Tomorrow

                                    THE POINT CDC

                                    DRUM – South Asian Organizing Center

                                    Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100)

                                    Anakbayan NY

                                    Girls for Gender Equity

                                    FIERCE

                                    Jews for Racial & Economic Justice’s Youth Brigade

                                   Rockaway Youth Task Force

                                   Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee

                                   Justice Committee

                                   buildOn

                                  Communities United for Police Reform

                                 Community supporters

WHY: On February 2, 2012, an unarmed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham was killed by NYPD Officer Richard Haste in front of his grandmother and 6-year-old brother after the officer unlawfully busted into their home without a warrant or cause. A Bronx grand jury indicted Haste on two counts of manslaughter, but Judge Steven Barrett dismissed the indictment due to a prosecutorial error made by the Office of Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson. On August 8, 2013, a second grand jury decided not to re-indict Haste, but the U.S. Justice Department indicated it was reviewing the case.

Over a year has passed since the U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed it was fully investigating the incident, but no action has been taken and there have been no updates provided to the family, despite assurances they would be provided. The Office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has completed indictments and convictions of politicians and others within the timeframe that Graham’s family has awaited charges against the officers involved in killing Ramarley.