New York City Police Officer Who Killed Unarmed Teenager Has Received Thousands in Raises Since the Shooting

December 22, 2015 Updated: December 22, 2015
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The NYPD officer who fatally shot an unarmed Bronx teenager several years ago has received nearly $25,000 in raises since the kill.

Officer Richard Haste, now 34, has earned $88,614 this fiscal year, according to public records.

That’s compared to the $63,694 he earned in fiscal year 2012, the year he shot Ramarley Graham inside the teen’s home after a chase that started outside. Police officials said Haste thought Graham had a gun, and that he was participating in a drug deal.

The raises have come despite Haste not being allowed to carry a service weapon and being placed on modified duty, or desk duty, since killing Graham.

Constance Malcolm and Frank Graham, parents of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham, weep during the arraignment of New York City Police Dept. officer Richard Haste, in Bronx Supreme Court, in New York,  Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Police pursued Graham into his Bronx home during a drug investigation last February.  He was shot once at close range.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
Constance Malcolm and Frank Graham, parents of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham, weep during the arraignment of New York City Police Dept. officer Richard Haste, in Bronx Supreme Court, in New York, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)

 

Haste currently works in the department’s motor fleet division. 

Al O’Leary, spokesman for the city’s largest police union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, told the Huffington Post that Haste’s raises were automatic.

“Any raises that any police officer, detective, sergeant on up to captain gets is because it is contractually mandated as a result of an agreement between the city and the union that represents the title,” O’Leary said.

“So suggesting that there is something special or unusual in any raise for any non-managerial member of the NYPD, like Haste, is simply wrong. Everyone in that same title with similar time on the job (longevity pay) got what he got. That’s the way it works.”

Franclot Graham speaks to his son, Ramarley Graham, in his casket before funeral services, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, in the Bronx borough of New York. Graham was gunned down in his home by a police officer who mistakenly thought he had a gun. Civil rights activist Al Sharpton spoke during the service and pledged that Graham will not be forgotten and called the Feb. 2 killing unjust. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Franclot Graham speaks to his son, Ramarley Graham, in his casket before funeral services, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

 

NYPD Internal Affairs has been investing the death of Graham since it happened, while the Department of Justice launched its own investigation in September 2014. 

But Graham’s family did agree to settle their wrongful death lawsuit against the city earlier this year, according to the NY Daily News. They received $3.9 million.

Graham’s father is upset about the raises.

“This is what you do?” he said. “Reward these guys for killing innocent people? How is this possible? I’d like to ask the current mayor, the city council, the commissioner: How is this possible?”