NEW YORK (AP) — A white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager has quit the New York Police Department to avoid being fired following a disciplinary trial.
Richard Haste was brought on departmental charges for demonstrating “poor judgment” by not taking obvious steps to defuse a fatal standoff with Ramarley Graham.READ MORE: Sheriff To Talk About ‘Major Developments’ In Disappearance Of Kristin Smart
Administrative Judge Rosemarie Maldonado said Friday he should be fired. The department says Haste quit Sunday.READ MORE: Watch The Derek Chauvin Trial Live
The police commissioner had the final say on whether to fire him, but had not yet given a decision.
Haste initially faced a criminal manslaughter charge, but the case was dismissed because of a procedural error. A new grand jury declined to indict, and federal prosecutors also declined to bring charges.MORE NEWS: Sacramento County Clinics Switching Appointments From Johnson & Johnson Vaccine After CDC Guidance
Haste’s lawyer Stuart London says his client should not have been forced to resign.