The New York Police Department (NYPD) let ex-officer Richard Haste avoid responsibility for killing Ramarley Graham by resigning three months ago. But Graham’s family and supporters still seek accountability for other officers’ involvement in his 2012 death. They publicly released internal NYPD documents admonishing Sergeant Scott Morris and Officer John McLoughlin yesterday (June 22), citing them as proof that they should be fired.
The documents—emailed to Colorlines by Communities United for Police Reform (CUPR)—include the NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemarie Maldonado’s ruling on Haste’s departmental trial and the Firearms Discharge Review Board’s (FDRB) report on the shooting. Both reports found Haste, his partner McLoughlin and their on-the-scene supervisor Morris guilty of misconduct.
The departmental review indicates that McLoughlin aided Haste, and that no one knew "whether Ramarley Graham was actually inside [his grandmother’s] apartment." The report also criticizes Morris for offering "no direction to the officers" before they stormed into the home.
The FDRB report said all three officers "exercised poor tactical judgment" and additionally reprimanded Morris for "failure to supervise" his officers or train them in proper street narcotics enforcement unit (SNEU) guidelines, which require that all seven unit members (Morris, McLoughlin and Haste’s SNEU team only had six members) have guideline protocol training. McLoughlin and Haste admitted to not having that training during Haste’s departmental trial.
Graham’s mother, Constance Malcolm, says in a CUPR statement accompanying the documents that these violations demonstrate that McLoughlin and Morris should be fired and face departmental trials, which were promised but have not yet happened.
"They are a danger to public safety and should not continue to collect paychecks from the NYPD," she says. "NYPD Deputy Commissioner Kevin Richardson told me during Haste’s trial that Sergeant Morris and Officer McLoughlin would face trials after Haste, but it’s now three months since Haste was allowed to resign and their trials haven’t even been scheduled. I’m worried that Mayor [Bill] de Blasio and the NYPD are not taking accountability for killing Ramarley seriously, and that Morris and McLoughlin will get slaps on the wrists instead of being fired, as they deserve. It’s a slap in the face to my family and community and another indication of their lack of commitment to Black lives taken by police in New York City."
Haste, who is White, killed Graham, who is Black, in his grandmother’s apartment and maintains that he believed the unarmed 18-year-old was carrying a gun. Haste did not face repercussions following his resignation, and Morris and McLoughlin remain on the force.