Day 41

Ramarley Graham’s house

February 9th, 2012

Outside the gate there is a growing memorial to the unarmed young man shot and killed by an NYPD officer last week. More than a hundred novena candles, many of them burning, line the sidewalk. On the fence hang numerous signs expressing grief and sadness, but the dominant emotion is anger at a police department that is perceived as racist and uncaring. I was standing there in rapt silence with five or six other people when a TV news crew came over, looking to stick their giant camera in the face of those mourning. Everyone immediately dispersed without a word, a collective show of disgust at that disrespectful treatment. The two figures in this photo are the reporter and cameraman.


  1. tom says:

    and of course the police will not be made to pay for the killing!

  2. Joisy jeff says:

    too many people gettting killed for “no reason” if you will. Iknow there is a debate…but if they shot his legg out – he would have lived to see another day and the police would have seen there error. But now it seems, no matter what, you shoot to kill – less you be killed. I side with the first thing I wrote.

    • RAYMOND in ALABAMA says:

      You are right Joisy jeff it seems as if the Policemen of Today shoot first (not all Policemen) and ask Questions later, or so

      it seems by all the news. But we will never know , some of them may have been in a situation that it was either

      them or me. The media does not give the whole story, he may have fired a warning shot, but if he was unarmed that’s a whole

      different story.

      • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

        But that’ the thing too, they don’t always know beforehand if they are armed or not. I feel bad for the guy and his family but you can’t know everything, all the details, from media outlets. They like to dramatize too much. And hindsight is 20/20 as the saying goes.

  3. tna says:

    “The shooting followed a NYPD investigation of street corner pot dealing”
    It’s ridiculous when so many individuals from all backgrounds including “law enforcement” smoke pot.

    “Did the Founding Fathers of the United States of America smoke cannabis? Some researchers think so. Dr. Burke, president of the American Historical Reference Society and a consultant for the Smithsonian Institute, counted seven early presidents as cannabis smokers: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor and Franklin Pierce. “Early letters from our founding fathers refer to the pleasures of hemp smoking,” said Burke. Pierce, Taylor and Jackson, all military men, smoked it with their troops. Cannabis was twice as popular among American soldiers in the Mexican War as in Vietnam: Pierce wrote to his family that it was “about the only good thing” about that war. ”

    If you’re going to target, follow, and shoot one young black male you need to be consistent and target, follow, and shoot all people connected to pot in any way.

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