Ramarley Graham: Weekly Vigils
It’s been a little over 3 months since the police slaying of young Ramarley Graham, who would have been 19 this past April. As described by his mother Constance, he was on his way back from seeing his friends where at some point, police began following him. The surveillance camera outside the family’s house recorded him walking into his house, and a few moments later, police officers ran up to the front door and forced the door open. After that, the officers ran up the stairs and into the bathroom where Ramarley was, and Officer Richard Haste shot him in the chest. This happened in the presence of Ramarley’s grandmother and his 6 year old brother, Chinnor.
The official word from the police came out, claiming that Ramarley was seen carrying bags of drugs and that it seemed he was carrying a gun in his pants. But this was impossible: the surveillance camera showed Ramarley entering his house with nothing in his hands, and also, Ramarley wore baggy jeans — a firearm would have fallen down his pants.
NYPD’s story has been hardly believable, but unfortunately, mainstream media, as usual, is quick to criminalize the young black man, automatically siding with the police, without the work of real journalism: that is, asking the primary sources, those who witnessed the events and those who knew Ramarley, to find out what really happened that day.
Every Thursday since his killing on February 2nd, 2012, the family and friends of Ramarley Graham have been rallying outside his house at 749 E. 229th Street in the Bronx from 5PM-9PM. The vigils will continue through July 19th, 18 weeks symbolizing his 18 years alive.
The following are photos from captured from the May 3rd vigil. For more information on Ramarley, please visit: www.RamarleysCall.org.