This is a reblogging of an article I read on blackyouthproject.org (to the family + friends, you have our thoughts and prayers):
18 year-old Ramarley Graham was shot and killed by plain clothes NYPD officers yesterday(Thursday, Feb 2nd) after he tried to run from them during a confrontation.
Graham was suspected of carrying illegal drugs. Upon allegedly adjusting his waistband while running, the officers assumed Graham was carrying a gun. They chased him into his home, a struggle took place by the entrance into the family bathroom, and Graham was shot. Family members who were home at the time witnessed his death.
While Graham did have marijuana on him, he did not have a gun.
“‘He had some weed on with him,’ a family friend told the Daily News. ‘It wasn’t a big deal. They shot him inside the house. … He didn’t have a gun.’
Police reports state that a small amount of marijuana was found in the bathroom and speculate that perhaps the teen had been trying to flush it down the toilet to avoid further arrest.
Graham was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead.
Constance Malcolm, 39, who is Graham’s mother, witnessed the incident and is distraught over the death of her son.
‘They chased him into the house. Nobody deserves to be shot in their own home.’”