Community comes together to protest for Ramarley Graham
AMBER TAFARI LARAQUE Special to the AmNews | 2/8/2013, 12:39 p.m.
"No warrant, no entry! No justice, no peace, no racist police!" were the chants that came from protesters outside of the Bronx Criminal Courthouse on Dec. 11, in honor of slain teen Ramarley Graham.
Graham was shot and killed in his home by Officer Richard Haste in February. There was no weapon found on Graham, and the family has been seeking justice for his death.
Motions had been postponed in September, and family and community members anxiously waited outside of the courthouse for an outcome.
Protester Alice Sturm Sutter said, "This is the day that there's gonna be a hearing on Richard Haste." But she added that going after Haste is just the first step. "You have to go after the individual, but you have to go after the system, too."
Protester and activist of the Stop Stop and Frisk Movement Jose LaSalle agreed.
"We want to make a statement that we're not gonna back up until there's justice for the Graham family. We want to make sure that Richard Haste knows the Graham family is not alone. We have to be consistent and keep on it every single day," said LaSalle.
Protesters ranged from Bronx community members to Columbia University students. "I think it's wonderful that we have such an integrated protest," said Sturm Sutter.
Charmaine Henriques, who led the crowd in many of the chants, made it clear that the point is not to be anti-NYPD but anti-violence and anti-injustice.
"We still need the police; we need better policing," said Henriques.
She suggested that even issues such as stop-and-frisk could be resolved if better policing was implemented. "Get to know who lives in the community."
Through a statement from the family's attorney, Royce Russell, it was revealed that yet another adjournment was made.
"The family of Ramarley Graham is anxious for justice but understands that justice delayed is not justice derailed, as they anxiously await the date for motions set for March 26, 2013," the statement read.
Ramarley supporters will wait another three months for motions.
"It's so hard on the family," said Sturm Sutter.