Ramarley Graham's Family, Community Express Outrage at Precinct Meeting

By Ben Fractenberg on February 9, 2012 8:17am 

BRONX — Members of the Bronx community where Ramarley Graham — the unarmed teen shot and killed by a police officer in his bathroom last week — lived came out in full force Wednesday to rail against the NYPD, its police commissioner and Mayor Bloomberg.

The 47th Precinct held its community council meeting at the Holy Rosary Church on Adee Avenue, the first since the 18-year-old teenager was gunned down by Police Officer Richard Haste.

Bronx Commander Carlos Gomez tried to give an account of the shooting. But Graham's family wanted no part of it — and wondered about the notable absence of the mayor.

"Where's Bloomberg?" asked Graham's mother, Constance Malcolm, who said she hasn't heard from the mayor.

She later criticized the NYPD for not immediately firing Haste.

"The police officer is still working," she told reporters. "He should be charged."

Graham was shot and killed on Feb. 2 after being pursued by cops into his E. 229th St. home.
When Gomez tried to do the same Wednesday night, those in the meeting made it clear they didn't believe it.
"That's a lie!" yelled a woman in the audience. "Don't cover it up!"

Members of the community also made it known that they wanted serious reforms of policing in their neighborhood.

"I want local police in our community who know our children growing up, who don't feel threatened by them," said Sheron Pearson, whose daughter knew Graham.

Other people expressed the raw emotion they were still feeling.

"I'm so disgusted. I'm angry," said Denise Omenih, 52. "I feel violated. It could have been my child."

Haste, 30, was stripped of his gun and badge and placed on administrative duty while police investigate the incident.

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