Above is footage from the March with a Purpose for Ramarley Graham in New York City, USA hosted by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ).
More than five years ago, the NYPD murdered Ramarley Graham, a black unarmed teenager, and brutalized his family in their own home. NYPD officers later reported – in continuing their criminalization of communities of color through broken windows policing – that they had initially trailed Graham for “walking with a purpose.”
Instead of firing Richard Haste, the officer who shot and killed Ramarley inside the family’s home and in front of his 6-year-old brother & grandmother, Mayor de Blasio allowed him to resign. It is another slap in the face to Graham’s family. Ramarley Graham’s family at least deserves for the remaining officers charged in his killing – Sergeant Scott Morris and Officer John McLoughlin– to be fired.
On Tuesday, April 4th, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice stood with Graham’s family, other families of those killed by the police, the Justice Committee and Black Lives Matter-NY to commemorate the death of Martin Luther King Jr. by demanding that the Mayor and the NYPD commissioner fire all of the officers involved in Graham’s killing.
They gathered at 6:00pm for a vigil and rally in Grand Central Station’s Grand Atrium, inside the entrance at 42nd St between Vanderbilt and Park, and below the giant American flag.