A New York judge threw out manslaughter charges against Officer Richard Haste, the man accused of killing unarmed 18 year-old Ramarley Graham.
The judge ruled that prosecutors has made an accidental mistake while instructing the jury. Prosecutors plan to present the case again before a grand jury.
Still, tensions ran high as the judge handed down the ruling. Graham’s mother reportedly yelled “they killed my child,” and was removed from the courtroom.
When order was restored, Judge Steven Barrett told spectators, “I regret that there are people who are hurt by this,” but insisted that the law required him to dismiss the indictment.
As Haste left the courtroom, protesters yelled, “Murderer!” The officer did not speak to news reporters.
Haste had been charged in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham during a police operation targeting street-corner drug dealing. He and other officers pursued Graham into his Bronx apartment where the teen was shot at close range. No gun was recovered.
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