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

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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.