NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s growing pressure on the NYPD after officers fatally shot an 18-year-old suspect in the Bronx. His grieving family and members of the community are demanding answers.
Survelliance video shows 18-year-old Ramarley Graham entering his Bronx home Thursday. NYPD officers follow and appear to try to break down the door. Moments later, Graham was dead, fatally shot by police.
“Let’s have all the facts and evidence come out until we reach any conclusions,” said Jeffrey Emdin, attorney for the Graham family.
Officers were said to be acting on reports he had a gun, but a gun was never recovered.
Saturday, Graham’s family joined Reverend Al Sharpton at his National Action Network headquarters. They let their attorney speak for them.
“They can’t believe this happened. We love him. We miss him,” said Emdin.
According to police, officers thought Graham was acting suspiciously on the street.
“The observation team reported, over the tactical radio they observed the butt of a gun in the waistband of Ramarley Graham,” said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.
When Graham sees the cops, according to police, he runs. Police sources say by running, that may have reinforced the mistaken idea he had a gun.
Police cornered him in the second floor bathroom of what turned out to be his own house.
Graham’s grandmother and 6-year-old brother were in the home, police said.
“He said, ‘I saw them shoot my brother, I was crying’,” said Emdim.
Officers went to meet with the community. “They just reminded us this was an ongoing investigation,” said NY Assemblyman Carl Heastie.
The NYPD has not identified the officers involved. They have since turned in their badges and guns and were put on desk duty.
A memorial has been set up outside Graham’s home. The investigation as to whether the officers broke the law is being handled by the Bronx District Attorney’s Office.
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