Richard Haste (35), who was on duty since 2008, on Friday quit NYPD after he was found guilty in connection with the killing of teenager Ramarley Graham (18). Haste chased Ramarley five years ago and brutally killed him in his Bronx house. He was found guilty in Police department disciplinary review and was recommended for dismissal.
On departmental charges, police prosecutor in a hearing accused officer Haste of making several mistakes when he and narcotics unit officers followed unarmed Graham in February 2012 barging into his house when they should have backed out. In a hearing Haste said that when he found Graham in the hallway, he went after him to the bathroom and brutally shot as Graham was not listening to his instructions. Haste rejected a plea deal before which could allow him to deflect the disciplinary hearing and reconcile.
Officer Haste was not charged with any crime but faced accusations for wrongdoings from NYPD. In 2012 he was indicted on manslaughter by grand jury which a judge dismissed. Later a different grand jury did not indict him, thinking the situation may lead to racial controversies as Graham was African-American and officer Haste is white.
Graham’s mother blamed Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD as officer Haste was not dismissed earlier, saying this is just another example where administration did not care about justice. In 2015, NY City settled a wrongful lawsuit of $3.9 million with Graham’s family.
Mr. Mayor made a declaration that he agreed with the disciplinary hearing saying NYPD is trying to reduce similar incidents.