(THE BRONX) – Ramarley Graham’s case is not Trayvon Martin’s.
Trayvon Martin scuffled at night in the open with volunteer neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman.
On the afternoon of February 2nd, 2012, Ramarley Graham had no scuffle, was inside his home, and was ultimately shot in front of his grandmother by NYPD narcotics officer Richard Haste. Surveillance video shows Graham walking in with Haste in pursuit shortly thereafter trying to break down the front door and then minutes later entering through the back.
The dynamics have always been there for an explosive case since Graham never had a gun on him and the NYPD had to retract its story of a scuffle prior to the shooting. Yet unlike the Martin case, Graham’s case never saturated the national airwaves.
“I don’t know. That is the million-dollar question. As soon as you figure it out, let me know,” said Geronimo a supporter of the Graham family who was at a rally hours after it was announced that Haste would not be re-indicted by a Bronx grand jury.
The question as to why no national traction is one that that many have asked behind the scenes including by Graham’s mother, Constance Malcolm. Malcolm admitted to PIX 11 News on Thursday that it’s been on her mind often, “I don’t know and Ramarley was another Trayvon here in New York but people refuse to see that.”
From a timing standpoint, the shooting took place the same Thursday before the Giants Super Bowl victory over New England, so the bulk of the media coverage that week was focused on the Giants.
Then Graham’s funeral was held the same week as Whitney Houston’s funeral in Newark. Most of the local spotlight at that time was on the untimely death of the legend. Again, Graham’s case was overshadowed.
“It’s stacked against us,” said Malcolm, who quickly added, ”There is always something when Ramarley’s case comes up and we’ve got always fight through this to push our case forward.”
Royce Russell, the family attorney, plans to meet with the U.S Attorney’s Office with hopes that the case catches the eye of Attorney General Eric Holder. Russell says the reason for the lack of national attention is simple transparency and the involvement of law enforcement, “Purely because the inability of cameras to be allowed in the courtroom that is one, so then you can’t get the day-to-day national exposure. Then two, America does not want to shed criticism on law enforcement. It’s just as simple as that.”
Russell’s partner, Jeffrey Emdin says that a planned civil suit will proceed.