MELROSE, BRONX (WPIX)—An NYPD officer was charged Wednesday in the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old Bronx man.
Officer Richard Haste turned himself in at about 7:20 am at Central Booking in the Criminal Courts building on 161st Street in the Bronx. The embattled officer pleaded not guilty to the indictment on manslaughter before a judge and a courtroom filled with fellow police officers.
Ramarley Graham was fatally shot by Haste on February 2nd, 2012. The 30-year-old officer was part of an N.Y.P.D. Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit caught on surveillance video chasing Graham into his grandmother's house where he lived with her and other relatives.
Cops say they thought the teen had a gun but no weapon was ever found. Graham was shot when cops say they told him to show his hands and he didn't. Marijuana was also found in toilet in the bathroom where the shooting went down.
As his client was entering the courthouse through a side entrance his attorney Stuart London talked to reporters in front of the building.
Asked by PIX 11 News how Haste is holding up he said "It's always difficult but he has been very strong. He understands the seriousness of these charges and he also feels for the family and understands the tragic nature that there has been a loss of life." Haste continued, "So at this point he is surviving the day and we'll move forward to get ready for trial."
Officer Haste will be suspended from the department and arrested. He faces up to 25 years in jail if convicted.