The family of Ramarley Graham, the unarmed Bronx 18-year-old shot and killed by an NYPD officer in February, says they will hold rallies and marches every Thursday for 18 weeks to demand justice, CBS reports.
“We’re not waiting patiently. We will be here this Thursday, next Thursday and Thursdays beyond that until we see some type of movement,” the family’s attorney Royce Russell said to a large crowd of supporters at a rally Thursday.
Graham’s father, Franclot Graham, said “there’s not a day [that] goes by that I don’t cry,” adding, “All we want for our son is justice.”
Security footage from the February incident shows Ramarley Graham entering his grandmother’s home and police following him shortly thereafter. Cops said they had witnessed Graham participate in a drug deal and thought he had a gun. They illegally entered the home without a search warrant.
Inside the home Graham went into the bathroom, where he may have been trying to flush some marijuana down the toilet, when Officer Richard Haste–now on restrictive duty while Internal affairs investigates the incident–fired one shot and killed the teen.
Graham did not have a gun.
The DA’s office has convened a grand jury to determine whether charges should be brought against the cops involved in the incident.
Traditionally high tensions between the Bronx black community and the NYPD have continued to escalate since Ramarley’s death. At a rally shortly after the tragedy where protesters chanted, “NYPD: KKK,” Ramarley’s sister, Leona Virgo, told reporters, “
This is not just about Ramarley. This is about all young black men.”
Many have attributed Ramarley’s death to the NYPD’s aggressive “stop-and-frisk” progam, which disproportionately targets low-income minority neighborhoods, and to the NYPD’s penchant for arresting low-level marijuana offenders. In 2011, the NYPD stopped and frisked more than 500,000 New Yorkers, 87 percent of them black or Latino.Check out
Check out photos from the Rally in the Huffington Post
If you’re in the New York area, you can reach Attorney Royce Russell on his website >>>HERE