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The NYPD officer who shot dead Bronx teen Ramarley Graham walked free this week, as a judge dropped manslaughter charges against him due to procedural mistakes. Former officer Richard Haste shot the 18-year-old in his grandmother’s bathroom. Initial police reports claiming the teen had a gun swiftly came under scrutiny when no weapons were found at the scene. Graham’s death bolstered anti-NYPD sentiment in New York and added fervor to campaigns against stop-and-frisk practices.
However, as Ryan Devereaux reported for the Guardian, the case against Haste was dismissed as “Bronx supreme court justice Steven L Barrett said the Bronx district attorney’s office failed to properly instruct members of a grand jury in considering allegations against officer Richard Haste for his role in the death.”
Via the Guardian:
“With no great pleasure, I am obliged in this case to dismiss the charges,” Barrett said in an emotional hearing Wednesday morning, according to the news website DNAInfo. He made it clear that the dismissal was because of a failure to follow procedure, not because of the evidence. “This is not a case where there is insufficient evidence,” the judge said…
Graham’s mother, Constance Malcolm, cried out before leaving the courtroom in tears on Wednesday: “He killed my child. What more can you do to me?”
… Speaking to the Guardian by phone Wednesday morning, Frank Graham, the teenager’s father, was clearly shaken by the judge’s ruling. “I don’t know what to say,” he said. “Right now we are angry. We are upset and very disappointed.”
Ramarley Graham’s mother, Constance Malcolm, was taken to a hospital following the judge’s decision, Graham said, after she found herself struggling to breathe. “Everything just overwhelmed her,” he said.
The family plans to press for another indictment.
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NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.