Three years after NYPD officer Richard Haste chased unarmed Black teen Ramarley Graham into his grandmother’s bathroom and killed him for “acting suspicious and having a gun,” relatives made it clear that the $3.9 million wrongful death lawsuit they settled with the city last week will not prevent them from seeking justice and police reform.
Recently, I watched a video of Ray Rice, then a football player with the Baltimore Ravens, punching and knocking out his fiancee, Janay Palmer. I then recalled watching a video of a Staten Island police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, use an officially banned chokehold to suffocate and murder Eric Garner, a Staten Island resident. I then read a story about Greg Hardy, a member of the Carolina Panthers football club.
Police Chief Philip Banks III just got a promotion. You can now call him First Deputy Commissioner Banks.
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