NEW YORK, NEW YORK – The Bronx District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday will unseal an indictment against an officer who shot and killed an 18-year-old man inside his home.
Officer Richard Haste turned himself in Wednesday morning at Central Booking in the Bronx.
Haste was using crutches as he entered the building.
The indictment will be unsealed at 9:30 a.m., and prosecutors expect to go before the judge at 10 a.m.
At Ramarley Graham’s Bronx home — the place where he was shot and killed — there are signs and t-shirts asking for justice as well as plenty of neighbors who had been waiting months for this indictment.
Graham’s parents are expected to talk at a press conference on Wednesday.
Back in February narcotics officers followed graham into his home — without a search warrant — after watching him during a drug investigation nearby.
Officer haste shot Graham in the bathroom, reportedly after being told the teenager had a gun. Graham turned out to be unarmed.
The last time a police officer was indicted for an on-duty shooting was 2007 — the case of Sean Bell. Three detectives were charged and later acquitted for killing Bell, who was outside a strip club.
Fox News legal analyst Arthur Aidala said Graham’s case is quite different because it happened inside Graham’s home.
“It kid of changes the dynamics of… how a juror would expect a police officer to act and react in that situation,” Aidala said. “When you’re following someone into their home, you better be certain that your life is in danger as a police officer before you kill someone.”
The union that represents uniformed police officers stands behind Haste and believes he will be exonerated at trial.