NYPD Cost Taxpayers $3.9M for Ramarley Graham Shooting

NYPD Cost Taxpayers $3.9M for Ramarley Graham Shooting


“After evaluating all the facts, and consulting with key stakeholders such as the NYPD, it was determined that settling the matter was in the best interest of the city,” said New York Law Department spokesman Nicholas Paolucci.

It may have been “in the best interests of the city” but was it in the best interests of the taxpayer? Well, not so much.  New York taxpayers will have to shell out $3,900,000 to the survivors of Ramarley Graham.  Large payouts to families of police brutality victims have become standard practice.   It’s interesting to note that incidents of police brutality remain unchanged even at a time when the City of New York is experiencing the lowest crime rates in recorded history. 

Graham was shot dead by New York City Police Officer Richard Haste in, 2012.   Haste, chased Graham, 18, from the street into his house.  The police officer was initially indicted for manslaughter and then but a judge threw out the case on a technicality.  

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Just as in the cases of Eric Garner being strangled to death by NYPD Officer Dan Pantaleo and 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones being shot to death by Chicago Police Officer Joseph Weekley, there were no weapons possessed by the person shot dead by police yet the police claimed they “feared for their lives.”

Just as in the case of Michael Brown being shot eight times by former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, there was an outpouring of support from the police unions who appear to believe that even when a police officer clearly makes a mistake and takes someone’s life, cops are always right.

There was no criminal prosecution of the officers involved. Civil cases are pending in the cases of Brown and Stanley-Jones. 

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Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke