NYPD Officer Richard Haste turned himself in today to face first- and- second-degree manslaughter charges for shooting unarmed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham dead in February, the New York Daily News reports.
Haste walked into the Bronx Criminal Court with his lawyer Steward London who addressed reporters outside.
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“It’s always difficult but he’s being very strong,” London said. “He understands the seriousness of these charges and he also feels for the family and understands the tragic nature, that’s there’s a loss of life. He’s nervous but confident.”
On Feb 2, Haste ran after Graham, after he and other members of a narcotics unit allegedly observed the teen in a drug deal. The officers were allegedly told via radio that Graham was armed. Police claim that the teen ran from them toward his home, but video surveillance shows the teen walking into his grandmother’s Bronx apartment.
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Several officers are seen running to the teen’s front door trying to kick it open. Once inside, Haste said that he identified himself as an officer before shooting inside of the bathroom. Haste said he believed the teen had a gun.