Feb 20, 2012
An 18-year-old black teen, Ramarley Graham, was murdered by New York City police. Two plainclothes cops ran to Graham’s house, tried to kick the front door down, then got in through the back door and broke down the door to Graham’s second floor apartment, and one of them shot him.
After killing Graham, the cops took Graham’s grandmother, who witnessed the shooting, into custody and held her against her will at the police precinct. She was released only after a local state assemblyman intervened on her behalf.
As usual, the cops claimed Graham had a gun and ran from them because he was selling marijuana. But a check of video surveillance footage from the building shows Graham calmly walking into his own apartment, and the cops found no gun on him.
Hundreds of people from Graham’s neighborhood came out to protest the shooting. “When they kill young people, the cops claim drugs or guns. The cops frame them,” said Molly Gordon, a friend of Graham’s family. “The cops had no warrant to enter the apartment. We are not animals. This happens mostly to Black people. They need to take the cops off the force.”
When the cops shoot somebody and get no more than a slap on the wrist, they know they have a license to kill. And kill they do. This is the fourth shooting by the New York police in less than a month. Stop murderous cops!