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Relatives and other supporters of police terrorism victim Ramarley Graham have scheduled a memorial service for this Saturday to reflect on his life and discuss the next stages in their pursuit for justice.
“Feb. 2 will mark two years since Ramarley was taken from us, and in his honor, there will be a memorial to commemorate his life with us, families, friends and the community,” reads the email invitation from the late teen’s mother, Constance Malcolm.
The unarmed teen was murdered the afternoon of Feb. 2, 2012, by NYPD Officer Richard Haste as Graham attempted to flush a small amount of marijuana down the toilet in his own home. Video surveillance shows the teen calmly entering his home, and seconds later, the cops are seen in hot pursuit of the retreating 18-year-old, smashing in the front door and entering the home without permission or a warrant.
The gun the cops allegedly pursued the teen for was never found.
Although the cop was initially indicted by a Bronx grand jury amidst much public pressure last May, Bronx Judge Steven Barrett dismissed the manslaughter indictment, claiming a mistake by the assistant district attorney. Despite community outrage, there was no reindictment.
Nevertheless, Graham’s parents are setting the stage for the next stretch of their justice pursuit.
“I would first like to extend my deepest gratitude to those who braved the cold on Tuesday [Jan. 7] to come out to support Frank [Franclot Graham, Ramarley Graham’s father] and myself in the court conference on the civil case regarding the wrongful death of our son. For those who were not able to make it, I know your thoughts were with us, so thank you also,” said Malcolm.
“Please spread the word, and let’s raise our voices as we did when you first heard of the unjustifiable act by a member of the NYPD. Thank you for your continuous support, and we look forward to seeing you,” said Franclot Graham.
The memorial will take place this Saturday, Feb. 1 from 3-7 p.m. at Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 3751 White Plains Road (between 218th and 219th streets) in the Bronx. Take the 2 train to the 219th Street stop.
For more information, visit www.ramarleyscall.net, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 347-903-5379.