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The city agreed Friday to pay $3.9 million to relatives of Bronx teen Ramarley Graham, who was fatally shot by a cop three years ago.
The killing of the unarmed 18-year-old in his home by an undercover cop sparked accusations of overly aggressive policing. The case was compared to that of Trayvon Martin, a teenager who was shot dead in Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer in February 2012.
Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara is investigating to see if Graham’s civil rights were violated.
City Law Department spokesman Nicholas Paolucci called the shooting “tragic,” adding that “after consulting with key stakeholders such as the NYPD, it was determined that settling . . . was in the best interest of the city.”
The Bronx civil court lawsuit, naming the city and the NYPD, accused the NYPD of not properly training cops and targeting minorities through unfair stop-and-frisk tactics. It was moved to federal court last year.
Officer Richard Haste and other members of his undercover narcotics unit chased Graham on foot into his home and believed he had a gun, police said at the time. Haste then shot the teen in the chest in the bathroom in front of his grandmother and 6-year-old brother, as Graham was flushing marijuana down the toilet.
After the grandmother, Patricia Hartley, screamed, “Why did you kill him!” Haste allegedly manhandled her and threatened to “shoot” her, too, says the suit.
Haste has claimed through his lawyers that Graham didn’t follow his orders.
“Rather than showing his hands, the defendant made a quick gesture to his waist,” lawyer Richard London said after the shooting.
Haste was initially charged with manslaughter. But a judge tossed that indictment in May 2012, ruling that a prosecutor wrongly instructed the grand jury to disregard whether other cops had told Haste the teen was armed.
Haste testified before a second grand jury a year later. That panel chose not to indict him.
Sources said Graham’s estate would receive $2.95 million. His brother will receive $500,000 while his grandmother will get $450,000 and his mother $40,000.
The New York Post