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Charges against NYPD officer dropped because of failure to follow procedure, not insufficient evidence

Judge tosses out manslaughter charges against NYPD officer who killed teen. Family 'upset and angry' as Bronx judge dismisses charges because of failure to follow procedure, not insufficient evidence.

A judge has dismissed manslaughter charges against a New York City police officer who shot dead an unarmed teenage boy in his bathroom.

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 in 2012 of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham.

"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.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/15/nypd-officer-tee...



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