In Case Like Martin, NYC Protesters Fault Police In Teen’s Shooting Death


In a protest reminiscent of those surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida, marchers in New York City demonstrated to demand the arrest of a police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed teenager after chasing him into his family's apartment, the Los Angeles Times reports. The march in the Bronx, where 18-year-old Ramarley Graham lived, was the latest rally in what protesters say will be a relentless campaign on his behalf.

A grand jury will decide whether to file charges in the Feb. 2 shooting of Graham, who was killed in the apartment's bathroom. His grandmother and 6-year-old brother were in the apartment at the time. Graham had gone inside after being pursued by police, suspected him of carrying drugs and of being armed. A bag of marijuana was found in the bathroom. Surveillance videos from the police officers' pursuit showed Graham walking into the building, then police officers running up to the door and trying to kick it down. Eventually, they entered the apartment, ran upstairs and found Graham. One of them shot him once in the chest. The officer said he fired in self-defense but his grandmother denied that Graham attacked the officers.

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