NEW YORK — An officer is set to face an NYPD departmental trial over the shooting death of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham some four years after the teen was killed, his mother said Thursday.
Officer Richard Haste, who was captured on surveillance video trying to kick his way into the Graham home in February of 2012, will be tried.
The primary objective of a departmental trial is to determine whether disciplinary actions, including termination, should be taken against an officer for any violations of department regulations.
For the teen's mother, Thursday marked one of the most significant days since her son was gunned down.
"It's bittersweet news, but I have no faith in the system, so it's not like I was jumping 'hooray, hooray.’ No,” said mother Constance Marlcolm. “I have given up on the system, but I have a little faith, a little hope that this man would be fired."
Marlcolm, who settled a civil suit with the city for nearly $4 million, is anxious to see the process unfold, and says she views the trial as the last chance for her son to receive some form of justice.
"I want to be updated and I need to be there when the department trial starts. I need to be there, because Richard Haste never looked me in the face in court,” she said.
Haste has been on modified duty since the shooting. His union, the PBA, issued the following statement to PIX 11 News Thursday night from its president, Pat Lynch:
“Haste is entitled to due process and a fair hearing based on the facts of this tragic incident. We will continue to ensure that Haste receives the rights afforded to him under the law.”