Richard Haste, the NYPD police officer who shot and killed Bronx teen Ramarley Graham, quit the force before he could be terminated from the post. While Haste was never charged for the fatal 2012 shooting, he was found guilty last Friday in an NYPD disciplinary hearing and resigned on Sunday.
Police Officer Richard Haste was informed Sunday that he was found guilty on all counts by Administrative Judge Rosemarie Maldonado, who recommended he be fired, according to the NYPD.
The officer, a 10-year veteran of the NYPD, decided to quit instead.
Graham’s mother, Constance Malcolm, blasted the decision to let Haste quit, saying it was too little too late.
“Five years after my son was killed, they made me take off work to sit through a trial while in the end, they let Richard Haste off the hook and are continuing to give the other officers responsible for killing Ramarley and other misconduct every opportunity to escape accountability,” Malcolm said in a statement.
Malcolm added that she blamed New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for allowing Haste to walk without facing justice.