Mourners Remember Ramarley Graham, Teen Fatally Shot By Cops

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mourners packed a church in the Bronx Saturday to celebrate the life, and condemn the death, of an unarmed teenager who was fatally shot in the bathroom of his home dring a police drug probe.

Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton pledged that 18-year-old Ramarley Graham will not be forgotten and called the Feb. 2 killing unjust. Sharpton has demanded a federal investigation into the shooting saying the future of New York City will be determined by how authorities handle the case.

The teen’s body was clad in white and his casket was covered with dozens of white flowers.

Family and friends recalled Graham at his funeral as a romantic who met his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day.

Graham was killed by police in the bathroom of the apartment where he lived with his mother and grandmother. Police said a bag of marijuana was found in the toilet, suggesting Graham was trying to flush it away before the gunfire erupted.

Authorities said Graham had at least two prior arrests for marijuana and burglary.

An officer and his sergeant have been stripped of their guns and put on desk duty while the shooting is being investigated.

Sharpton has demanded the NYPD reveal the names of the officers involved in the shooting.

Protesters have also called for an indictment against the officer who fatally shot Graham and are demanding a federal investigation. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has ordered a review.

Saturday’s funeral is being held at the Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church in the Bronx.

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  • The Realist

    How much was Sharpton’s fee for appearing at the funeral?

  • sharon

    I think is full time now people should stop all negative talking, what about showing your love and support for each other. leave al sharpton alone let him do his job.

  • Edde

    Truth Talks,
    I guess you need a little education on the term “Hot Pursuit”

    “A doctrine that provides that the police may enter the premises where they suspect a crime has been committed without a warrant when delay would endanger their lives or the lives of others and lead to the escape of the alleged perpetrator; also sometimes called fresh pursuit……As established by the U.S. Supreme Court, the rule is an important exception to the freedoms guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment. That constitutional provision safeguards citizens against excessive police intrusion into their life and property.

    So before making a comment with out thought and understanding, look up the term, the officers were within their legal right to enter with out a warrant.

  • Moshe

    Does “Reverend” Sharpton ever talk about Jesus? He may be the only reverend who know one ever heard talking about God.

    • sharon

      moshe the reverand al sharpton do know about jesus just like everyone else. remember what the bible said judge not unless you been judge.

  • Whiteboy

    It was wrong for the NYPD to kill that young boy in his house over weed .The cops should go to jail

  • TruthTalks

    The cops who murdered Ramarley Graham DID NOT have a WARRANT to enter his home, and Ramarley Graham DID NOT have a weapon so the cops should not have shot him. The cops who illegally entered Ramarley Grahams home MURDERED HIM in cold blood.

  • TruthTalks

    I’m sure Al Sharpton could’ve chosen to be at Whitney Houston’s funeral today like Jesse Jackson, but instead he came to Ramarley Grahams funeral to help put a spot light on a young adult who was murdered by police officers.

    • KPMc

      Al was at Houston’s funeral too. Do you think he would miss a chance at the publicity either event provides? If you think either was out of genuine concern your not very savvy.

      Al Sharpton is an attention-seeking wh0re out to promote his own agenda and absolutely nothing else!

    • Paula Paul

      he WAS at Whitney’s funeral. He left that boy’s funeral to go to Jersey. He made sure he was on the cameras long enough. OH, he really cares!

  • WhoCares

    Another drug dealer bites the dust,and the Rev Al will be there to defend his honor………..

    • DianaF

      WhoCares, that’a a disrespectful and ignorant comment, has nothing to do with Ramarley Graham and the justice his community and people now seek for his death.

  • DianaF

    Was Sharpton there? I was, and I didn’t see him, I think he went to another funeral instead. There were however some powerful eloquent speakers there for Ramarley Graham including Graham Witherspoon and Imam Muhammad, and Bronx Borough Pres Diaz Jr and Councilman Larry Seabrook spoke – as well as 3 of Ramarley’s schoolteachers, his cousins and friends.

    • DianaF

      Correction: Rev Al was there but briefly at the beginning, had to leave for another commitment – another funeral I think. I came later. Afterward the funeral cortege drove by Ramarley’s home on 229th, then the 47th precinct station house where the family stopped and spoke out, then on to interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.

      • KPMc

        Gee… what “other” funeral could Al have been to and whatever could his motivation be? Such a mystery.

  • Adeyinka O McAdewunmi

    Al shaprpon efforts should have been better spent in area that will prevent teenagers from dealing with drugs and buglary.When a teenager starts dealing drugs at a young age,he will advance into other forms of drugs sooner or latter.Buglary at a young age,will lead to arm robbery.Al is a race monger.We have lots of blacks killing blacks in their neighborhood.The police officers are doing their job.Black youths just dont have concerned black elders doing their job, that will enable black youths to grow up to be law abiding citizens.Black community is the problem,not the NYPD.

  • Ed

    Rev on the scene, lol

  • Fritz Von

    If “people” would train their children to behave, especially around cops, this wouldn’t happen, but then again, if this didn’t happen, no ca$h for Al.


    Why can’t people see that Sharp ton is a piece of #hit. He does nothing for us, the only time you see him is when there is controversy. He’s never around to help when there isn’t a problem. He says he’s there for the people, but yet he’s only there to feed his ego to be in the spot light. He’s no leader, he’s just a self righteous manipulating #sshole. Maybe one day people will realize this and tell him to go to hell when he shows up to be in the news.

  • The Realist

    Just remember that Al Sharpton’s mantra of “No Justice, No Peace” isn’t a complaint but a GOAL. As soon as true justice and peace exist, Sharpton loses his only source of income.

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