Bronx Community's Outrage Mounts Over Deadly Police Shooting

The Wakefield community wants answers in the police shooting death of Ramarley Graham

By Ida Siegal
|  Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012  |  Updated 9:00 AM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Video Shows Teen Just Before Police Shooting

NBC New York

A vigil was held Monday for Ramarley Graham, the Bronx teen shot and killed by police last week

advertisement
Photos and Videos

Anger Grows Over Bronx Teen Shot, Killed By Cops

Days after the deadly shooting of an unarmed teenager by police in the Bronx, neighbors continue to ask why it happened. News4's John Noel reports.

Video Shows Teen Just Before Police Shooting

Ramarley Graham, 18, was chased into his apartment and shot to death by police who thought he was an armed drug suspect. Police later said no gun was recovered. Lori Bordonaro reports.
More Photos and Videos

As a community's outrage continues to mount over the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in the Bronx, members of the community gathered to remember the man killed inside his home last Thursday.

Mourners lit candles in front of Ramarley Graham's home Monday night, sharing memories of the teen, but also expressing frustration about the lack of a reasonable explanation as to why Graham was shot and killed.

"If this officer is not held to a court that says we're not going to tolerate this, this is a sad day in America," one man said at the gathering.

Security video shows Graham entering his home Thursday, and police running after him. Police said officers witnessed a drug deal and ran after Graham, believing he had a gun.

They went in and found him in the second-floor bathroom, and ended up shooting him in the chest. He died shortly afterward.

Graham had no gun.

"It hurts, because I have a 3-year-old and I wonder as he gets older, what will happen?," said a woman at the vigil as she cried. "An officer has the right to take somebody's life for nothing?"

The officers involved have been stripped of their guns and assigned to desk duty. The Bronx District Attorney says it is investigating and considering whether to pursue criminal charges.

The officers' identities have not been released.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Follow us on Instagram!
We post photos taken by our news team... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out