A Bronx mother says it's hard watching the video of Eric Garner's arrest because cameras were also rolling right before officers shot her son. She said the similarity is reminding the whole family of their ordeal. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.
The tragic death of Eric Garner is stirring up emotions for a Bronx family.
"Oh my God, I couldn't help it. I just started crying because it brings me back to my son,” said Constance Malcolm.
Malcolm's son Ramarley Graham was shot and killed by police in February of 2012.
There is surveillance video of officers kicking in the front door of his East 229th Street home, while others run to the back door. Police say they thought the 18-year-old had a gun when they shot him in the bathroom. No weapon was found.
"Every time you turn the news on, you see a video tape of an officer beating people. With Garner's case, they choked him to death and laughing waving at the camera like it's okay, it is not okay, you murdered somebody, you standing around laughing. In my case they came out of court laughing and cheering the officer that murdered my son. These people have no regards for our human life,” said Malcolm.
In the case of her son, Officer Richard Haste was indicted but it was tossed out by the judge. He ruled prosecutors misrepresented information to the grand jury. Constance Malcolm was furious and cursed out loud in the courtroom.
A second grand jury did not indict the officer. She says she's worried for her youngest son who may be fearful of police. He witnessed his brother get shot.
"His age was six, see that happen to his brother. Literally see it happen, how could you tell him to trust NYPD, trust officers,” Malcolm said.
But she says she encourages her son to understand most officers are good people.
"When you get in trouble or you get lost go to an officer. My son might not want to go to none of them. And he might go to the wrong person to get help, and get kidnapped or God forbid something happens. I just hope I can steer him in the right way and tell him not all cops are bad,” said Malcolm.
To offer support to Eric Garner's family, Malcolm plans to be in the front of the planned march across the Verrazano Bridge on August 23, calling for the officers in that case to be prosecuted.