Family of man shot by police demands documents related to death

The mother of a man who was shot and killed by police five years ago is demanding that the NYPD release details of her son's death.

As News 12 has reported, NYPD Officer Richard Haste shot and killed the unarmed Ramarley Graham after a chase.

Graham's mother, Constance Malcolm, asked Mayor Bill de Blasio to release documents Thursday related to her son's death - documents the NYPD has withheld.

Malcolm and other relatives filed a request for the documents under the state's Freedom of Information Law in September 2016. The NYPD denied the request in January, refusing to release even a single page of the documents, citing vague exemptions. Some of the information Malcolm wants are the identities of all 12 officers she believes were involved to various degrees in her son's death. Just three of them have been identified publicly. 

Lawyers for the family appealed that decision yesterday.

The NYPD's internal disciplinary process is still underway. As News 12 has previously reported, a departmental trial against Haste concluded earlier this year. During the departmental trial, previously withheld video leading up to the shooting was unveiled, and Graham's family claimed it showed that he was not perceived as a threat. The final decision in that case is still pending. Haste was not punished after prior local and federal criminal investigations.

The city also previously settled a wrongful death lawsuit by agreeing to pay Graham's family $3.9 million.

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