Judge tosses indictment of officer Richard Haste in Ramarley Graham shooting

A judge ruled that prosecutors gave flawed instructions to a grand jury.

A judge ruled that prosecutors gave flawed instructions to a grand jury. (5/15/13)

THE BRONX - An indictment has been thrown out in the case against an NYPD officer charged last year in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Bronx teenager.

Richard Haste was facing manslaughter charges in the death of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham, but a judge ruled that the Bronx County District Attorney's Office gave instructions to the grand jury that were misleading and compromised their integrity.

The judge said that the district attorney told jurors to disregard talks between Haste and other officers that suggested Graham was carrying a gun. The judge called the omission an error, but told prosecutors they can re-present the case.

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association says the judge made the right decision, but the Graham family expressed disappointment and anger. The teen's mother was pulled from the courtroom and taken to the hospital after confronting Haste when she heard the judge's decision.

The Bronx County District Attorney's Office released a statement saying, "It cannot be said more forcefully that we disagree with the court. As we await the court's written decision, we will begin the process of weighing which of the options, appeal of the decision or representation to the grand jury, better serve the people of the Bronx."
 

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