Justice Department Won’t File Charges Against NYC Cop Who Fatally Shot Unarmed Teen

Officer Richard Haste will not be charged in the fatal shooting of Ramarley Graham, 18.

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The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York announced Tuesday that there would be no grand jury and therefore no federal charges against the New York City police officer who fatally shot unarmed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham.

“After conducting a thorough and independent investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has determined that there is insufficient evidence to meet the high burden of proof required for a federal criminal civil rights prosecution,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office said in a statement, the New York Daily News reports. “Accordingly, this office’s investigation into Mr. Graham’s death has been closed.”

On Feb. 2, 2012, Officer Richard Haste fatally shot the unarmed teen after chasing Graham into his Bronx home. According to the Daily News, a judge, because of a legal technicality, threw out an earlier indictment by a Bronx grand jury.

Graham’s dad, Frank Graham, told the Daily News that the decision was “frustrating” and “heartbreaking.”

“But we’ll just move onto the next fight—which is firing the officers immediately,” Graham said.

Read more at the New York Daily News

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