source: CBS New York
published: 8 March 2016
There will be no federal charges in connection with the 2012 fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white New York City police officer.
The U.S. Attorney’s office said it is closing its investigation into the shooting death of Ramarley Graham because there is “insufficient evidence” to meet “the high burden of proof” needed for a federal criminal civil rights prosecution.“
To prove a violation of the federal criminal civil rights statute, prosecutors must establish, beyond a reasonable doubt, that a law enforcement officer willfully deprived an individual of a constitutional right,” a news release from the office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara explained. “Neither accident, mistake, fear, negligence nor bad judgment is sufficient to establish a federal criminal civil rights violation.”
The decision infuriated the Rev. Al Sharpton, who said he spoke to Graham’s mother. “She’s very much heartbroken, but also very determined to continue the fight,” Sharpton said. “She wants the officers fired.”