Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Ramarley Graham, Unarmed Black Teen Slain by NYPD, Remembered at Weekly Vigils Outside Bronx Home


    Today a Democracy Now! special on the life and death of Ramarley Graham, a teenager who was shot dead by a New York City police officer inside his own bathroom in the Bronx on February 2nd. Graham, 18, was shot at close range after narcotics detectives barged into his home. New York police officer Richard Haste was indicted on manslaughter charges for the fatal shooting last week. At a weekly vigil held by the Graham family outside their home, we hear from Ramarley’s older sister, Leona Virgo, and his father, Frank Graham. [includes rush transcript]

  • Ramarley Graham’s Mother Speaks Out: NYPD Cop Who Killed My Son Should Be Charged with Murder


    We continue our coverage of the killing of Ramarley Graham, the 18-year-old shot dead by a New York City police officer in his own bathroom in February. We’re joined by Ramarley’s mother, Constance Malcolm; her attorney, Royce Russell; and Carlton Berkley, a close friend of the Graham family and a former NYPD detective. "Ramarley was just a loving person. He [would] help anybody," Malcolm says. "It seems like we’re not safe anywhere. If you’re not safe in your own home, where are you safe?" [includes rush transcript]

  • From Youth to Elderly, NYPD’s "Stop-and-Frisk" Targets People of Color Across Multiple Generations


    Thousands participated in a silent march in the streets of New York City on Sunday calling on police to stop their practice known as "stop-and-frisk." Last year, New York City police officers stopped and interrogated residents nearly 700,000 times. According to the New York Civil Liberties Union, about 87 percent of those stopped were black or Latino. We speak to stop-and-frisk victims and youth organizers Carmen Perez and Antonio Melendez. [includes rush transcript]

  • Dick Gregory, Legendary Comedian and Activist, Condemns Routine Targeting of Black Youth by NYPD


    Dick Gregory, 79, took part in Sunday’s march against NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy in New York City. He criticized police departments across the country for racially profiling persons of color. "It’s happened all the time. It’s just there was never no spotlight on it. And that’s what’s so beautiful about this here," Gregory said. [includes rush transcript]

  • "They’re Invading Me": Vietnam Veteran John Covington on Being Targeted by Police Stop-and-Frisks


    "They’re invading me, as if I was invading the beach of Normandy or something," says John Covington at Sunday’s march against the New York City Police Department practice known as stop-and-frisk. "I become a piece of property to them, and they can do anything they want to me because they’re the police. You want to have respect for the police, but they don’t have respect for us. That’s the key, the whole thing. It’s about respect, and not — don’t practice racism." [includes rush transcript]

  • Actor J.D. Williams of HBO’s "The Wire": Fear of Police Harassment "Second Nature" for Black Youths


    J.D. Williams, an actor who played drug dealer Preston "Bodie" Broadus on the hit HBO series, "The Wire," took part in Sunday’s New York City march against the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy. "It’s a sad thing that it becomes kind of natural with young black men," Williams says. "It kind of becomes second nature with us, in a way where we expect to be stopped or we expect to be bothered or we expect to be harassed." [includes rush transcript]

  • Stop "Stop-and-Frisk": Bronx Great-Grandmother Joyce Williams, Organizer Thenjiwe McHarris Speak Out


    At the march opposing the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy in New York City, Joyce Williams, a Bronx great-grandmother, victimized in a stop-and-frisk incident, says she had money taken from her when he was stopped by police last year: "If they’re stealing from great-grandmothers, they’re stealing from these young kids, also," Williams says. We also speak with organizer and activist Thenjiwe McHarris. "Young people of color ... cannot walk down the street without being profiled," McHarris says. "It’s not just [police] stopping them, asking them questions, but they’re stopping them and they’re communicating a very powerful message to them, which is: 'You are black. You are brown. You are a person of color. You are in a city where you live. And there is something really wrong with you.' And that hurts." [includes rush transcript]

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