NEW YORK — In a protest reminiscent of those surrounding the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida, marchers in New York City held a demonstration to demand the arrest of a New York police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed young man after chasing him into his family's apartment.
The march Thursday night in the Bronx, where 18-year-old Ramarley Graham lived, was the latest rally in what protesters say will be a relentless campaign on behalf of Graham. "We will get justice, because I'm not going to stop," his mother, Constance Malcolm, told the crowd.
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. Graham had gone inside after being pursued by police, who said they 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 officers initially said they fired in self-defense, but his grandmother denied that Graham attacked the officers, who have been stripped of their guns and badges pending the outcome of an investigation.