Ramarley Graham’s Mother Releases Internal NYPD Docs Critiquing Officers Involved in Son’s Death

<> on March 22, 2012 in New York City.
<> on March 22, 2012 in New York City.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) let ex-officer Richard Haste avoid responsibility for killing Ramarley Graham by resigning three months ago. But Graham’s family and supporters still seek accountability for other officers’ involvement in his 2012 death. They publicly released internal NYPD documents admonishing Sergeant Scott Morris and Officer John McLoughlin yesterday (June 22), citing them as proof that they should be fired.

The documents—emailed to Colorlines by Communities United for Police Reform (CUPR)—include the NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemarie Maldonado’s ruling on Haste’s departmental trial and the Firearms Discharge Review Board’s (FDRB) report on the shooting. Both reports found Haste, his partner McLoughlin and their on-the-scene supervisor Morris guilty of misconduct.

The departmental review indicates that McLoughlin aided Haste, and that no one knew “whether Ramarley Graham was actually inside [his grandmother’s] apartment.” The report also criticizes Morris for offering “no direction to the officers” before they stormed into the home.

The FDRB report said all three officers “exercised poor tactical judgment” and additionally reprimanded Morris for “failure to supervise” his officers or train them in proper street narcotics enforcement unit (SNEU) guidelines, which require that all seven unit members (Morris, McLoughlin and Haste’s SNEU team only had six members) have guideline protocol training. McLoughlin and Haste admitted to not having that training during Haste’s departmental trial.

Graham’s mother, Constance Malcolm, says in a CUPR statement accompanying the documents that these violations demonstrate that McLoughlin and Morris should be fired and face departmental trials, which were promised but have not yet happened.

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