NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Rev. Al Sharpton led a demonstration Monday outside the Bronx district attorney’s office demanding justice for the family of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham.
Graham was shot dead by police on Feb. 2 in the bathroom the apartment where he lived with his mother and grandmother.
Sharpton charges there has been a code of silence since the unarmed teenager was killed.
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“This code of silence must be broken, so we are prepared to do what is necessary to escalate the dialogue,” Sharpton said. “The city has to deal with this death.”
Protesters are calling for an indictment against the officer who fatally shot Graham and are demanding a federal investigation.
Police said narcotics officers spotted Graham on the street adjusting his waistband and thought he had a gun.
When the officers approached, authorities said Graham took off running toward his home, where he was shot in the chest by police in a bathroom.
Police believe Graham may have been trying to flush a bag of marijuana he was carrying before the gunfire erupted.
An officer and his sergeant have turned in their badges and guns and been placed on desk duty.
Sharpton is demanding the NYPD reveal the names of the officers involved in the shooting.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has ordered a review of the street narcotics division in the wake of the shooting.
Authorities said Graham had at least two prior arrests for marijuana and burglary. Officials have not released the name of the officer involved as the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Unit investigates.