NYPD trial begins for officer who shot Bronx teen
Opening statements were delivered Tuesday in the NYPD trial of an officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed Bronx teen after a botched drug bust in 2012.
Officer Richard Haste pulled the trigger on 18-year-old Ramarley Graham after the officer says he saw Graham take part in a drug deal. The officer was stripped of his gun and badge following the incident.
During Tuesday's proceedings, internal investigators testified that Haste did not follow tactical procedures and exercised poor judgement that resulted in the discharge of his gun, killing Graham.
Haste's lawyer says his client is being made a scapegoat, and that Haste feared for his life after being told by fellow narcotics officers that Graham had a gun, which turned out to be false. The lawyer placed some responsibility on Haste's supervisor who was part of the 2012 narcotics operation.
To date, two grand juries have failed to indict Haste, and federal investigators found there was not enough evidence in the shooting to proceed with charges.
Several more witnesses are expected to testify, including Haste.