Ramarley Graham’s Family Receives $3.9 Million Settlement

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 22:  Jazzminn Mack (L), girlfriend of Ramarley Graham, cries while Franclot Graham, father of Ramarley Graham, speaks during a vigil for his son outside New York City Police Department's 47th Precinct on March 22, 2012 in the Bronx borough New York City. Graham, 18, was shot in the chest by police officers in his grandmother's bathroom after the officers entered the house without a warrent. Graham, was unarmed; he was attempting to flush a bag of marijuana down the toilet.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Graham's parents. Photo: Andrew Burton/2012 Getty Images

The family of Ramarley Graham, an unarmed 18-year-old who was killed by an NYPD officer three years ago, has agreed to a $3.9 million settlement with New York City. In a lawsuit filed a year ago, Graham’s family sought damages for emotional distress and their treatment by the police.

Officer Richard Haste shot Graham on February 2, 2012, after chasing the teen to his Bronx home and entering the apartment without a warrant. Haste said that he had received a radio transmission suggesting that Graham was armed and that he had seen the 18-year-old reach for his waistband. The police claimed that Graham had been seen participating in a drug deal, and a small bag of pot was found in the bathroom where he died. Graham’s grandmother and little brother witnessed the shooting, and Haste is said to have threatened to also shoot the 58-year-old woman before pushing her into a vase.

Haste has twice avoided prosecution for Graham’s death: While he was initially indicted for manslaughter, a judge threw the case out on a technicality. A second grand jury declined to indict him. He and the other cops involved in the incident remain the subjects of a civil-rights investigation.