The unarmed young man, who lost his life because our city's police are seeking to subdue and eliminate black residents rather than protect us, was named Ramarley Graham. He died in his own bathroom when he was shot by an NYPD officer who had stormed into the building by ordering other residents, at gun point, to step aside and let him in.
Footage from private surveillance cameras shows Graham walking into his grandmother's apartment building, a three-story home on a residential street.Graham's death has resulted in a civil case against the NYPD by his family and neighbors. In a sign of how the NYPD treats its law-abiding citizenry, the landlord was abused after Graham was killed.
Police officers, guns drawn, quickly follow and attempt to kick down the front door after finding it locked. In the back of the building, other officers swarm in through a rear apartment. The cameras do not capture what transpired inside, but officers quickly entered Graham's grandmother's apartment on the second floor. They did not have a search warrant.
The large number of officers at the house indicated that Graham wasn't likely to escape and that officers could have waited to obtain a warrant before storming the apartment.
The gunshots brought the landlady, Paulet Minzie, 55, out of the shower and down the stairs from the third floor, with only a towel covering her below the waist, the court papers say.
“Police screamed at her causing great alarm,” the notice says. “Ms. Minzie immediately retreated up the stairs toward her apartment, trailed by the two officers who had just been searching for (and killed) Ramarley Graham.
As Ms. Minzie reached the threshold of her apartment door, police ordered her to put her hands up and put a gun to her head,” the papers say. One officer kept the gun to her head until she told him there were surveillance cameras operating, she alleged.
“[He\] immediately lowered his weapon. His demeanor completely changed, and he alerted his colleague that they may be on camera,” the papers say.