April 18, 2014

Unarmed Teen Killed By Police Laid To Rest

( 4UMF NEWS ) Unarmed Teen Killed By Police Laid To Rest:

Hundreds gathered in a Bronx church Saturday to mourn the death of an unarmed teen shot and killed by police inside his home this month.

The body of Ramarley Graham, 18, lay in an open casket as more than 400 relatives and friends began to fill Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church in Williamsbridge for the teen’s funeral.

Franclot Graham kissed the forehead of his teenage son, dressed in a white suit, before the service began at 10 a.m.

“There is no reason for all of us to pretend, even in our sorrows, that we are here under a natural act,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton. “This is an unnatural and inexcusable occasion.”

Ramarley Graham was chased into his parents’ Williamsbridge apartment on Feb. 2 by officers from the NYPD’s street narcotics enforcement unit after the cops spotted what appeared to be a gun.

After bursting into the apartment, Officer Richard Haste confronted the teen in the bathroom and fired the fatal shot as his grandmother and 6-year-old brother stood nearby. Only a bag of marijuana was found near Graham’s body.

Haste and Sgt. Scott Morris were later stripped of their badge and gun. The cops could face criminal charges, but the case is still being investigated by prosecutors, a spokesman for the Bronx district attorney said.

Sharpton — who spoke before attending Whitney Houston’s funeral in Newark — said the community should demand justice.

“When the police are killed in this city, we condemn it,” he said. “When citizens are killed wrongfully by police, we should have the same kind of outrage.”

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said the city still has a lot to explain.

“Mr. Mayor, police commissioner, district attorney — you have to answer these questions. . . . Do not try to criminalize an entire community here.”

Several family members also spoke at the service, including Graham’s 6-year-old brother.

“I love him,” said the suit-clad toddler as his sister held him in her arms.

Story @ NYDailyNews