NYPD Officer to Be Charged in Shooting Death of Unarmed 18-Year-Old

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26:  A New York Police Department (NYPD) van is viewed on January 26, 2012 in New York City. After New York City's police commissioner Raymond Kelly appeared in the film "The Third Jihad" Muslim groups are asking him to step down. The groups say that the film they depicts Islam and its followers in a bad light. Approximately 20 activists held a news conference on the steps of City Hall criticizing Kelly for giving an interview to the producers of the film, which warns against the dangers of radical Islam. The film was shown to hundreds and maybe thousands of NYPD officers for training purposes.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo: Spencer Platt/2012 Getty Images

A grand jury in the Bronx has opted to bring first- and second-degree manslaughter charges against NYPD officer Richard Haste in the February death of a Bronx teenager. Eighteen-year-old Ramarley Graham was unarmed when he was shot and killed in the bathroom of his family's apartment after being chased upstairs by police. Officers said at the time that Graham may have been attempting to flush drugs down the toilet, although an early NYPD account of a struggle before the shooting was quickly altered. "He had weed, and that's it," said Graham's mother at the time. "Nobody deserves to be shot like that in their own house." Haste faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.