Ramarley Graham's Grandmother Held For Hours After Police Shooting

By Tom Liddy | February 5, 2012 3:51pm 

BRONX — The devastated grandmother of Ramarley Graham, the unarmed teen who was shot to death by police in his Bronx home last week, was held for hours after the incident, which has outraged the community.

Patricia Hartley, 58, was held for seven hours at the 47th Precinct stationhouse after the shooting at 749 E. 229th Street, the Daily News said.

According to the report, she was questioned for 5 1/2 hours by cops and representatives from the District Attorney's office.

The department's top spokesman, Paul Browne, said that Hartley, who was told she was being interviewed as a witness, was "naturally upset but cooperative" and accepted water from the authorities.

Graham, 18, fled into his home at 3 p.m. last Thursday after he was chased by cops investigating a report of a drug deal.

The officers believed that they saw a gun in his waistband and broke through the door of the building, chasing him into the bathroom where they shot him. The officers can be seen kicking the door in surveillance footage obtained by NY1.

The shooting unfolded while Hartely and Graham's 6-year-old brother were in the house, although it's not clear what they saw.

Cops ultimately did not find a weapon, but they did find one bag of marijuana.

The officer who shot Graham as well as his supervisor, a sergeant, were stripped of their guns and placed on desk duty, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Friday.

The shooting sparked a fierce reaction from members of the community, who said that the NYPD was too agressive in its actions.

A fundraising drive was held Saturday to help cover the cost of Graham's funeral and burial and singer Roberta Flack donated $500, the News said.

The police department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.