An NYPD officer who shot and killed an unarmed Bronx teen in 2012 has quit the department.
Officer Richard Haste was found guilty at a departmental trial and was in danger of being fired. Haste shot 18-year-old Ramarley Graham after chasing him into the teen’s home.
“The NYPD disciplinary trial of Richard Haste ended with the right decision: termination,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.
Haste was not charged with a crime. A grand jury indicted him in 2012, but a judge dismissed those charges.
“Richard Haste should have been in prison but instead of even firing him, the de Blasio administration let him resign. This is just another example that the de Blasio administration doesn’t care about justice and accountability,” Graham’s mother, Constance Malcolm, said in a statement.
Haste chased Graham into his home, believing the teenager had a gun. No weapon was found.
“Every step of the mayor, the Mayor and NYPD have dragged their heels and have refused to hold officers accountable for murdering my son,” Malcolm said.
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