As the Garner family pushes for federal charges against the officer involved in his death, relatives of a man shot by police two-and-a-half years ago are still doing the same. Ramarley Graham's mother is set to deliver more than 33,000 petitions calling for the charges. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
Constance Malcolm still mourns the death of her son.
"It's been hell. It's been hell," Malcolm says.
Ramarley Graham would be 21 now.
"I miss him. The little silly things he did in the house. He was the man of the house," Malcolm says.
It was in his own house that the then 18-year-old was shot dead.
In February 2, 2012 police thought they saw him do something suspicious and chased him back there.
Surveillance video shows cops break down the door. Inside Graham was flushing marijuana down the toilet.
Plain clothes officer Richard Haste pulled the trigger, later saying he though the teen had a gun. Graham was unarmed.
"It was about to look like was about to start the trial in the case of Richard Haste and then all of a sudden, it was ripped from underneath us," Malcolm says.
In May of 2013, the judge tossed out the indictment for manslaughter against Haste, saying the prosecutor misrepresented information to the grand jury.
A second grand jury would not indict Haste.
"The local system failed us and now we have to depend on the feds to come in and open a full investigation into Ramarley's death," Malcolm says.
It's been more than a year since the justice department has said it would review the case and the family's attorney says he's heard nothing since then.
"Now you have concerned group of citizens saying, 'Hey, look, we understand that you're reviewing. You said that you're investigating, but what is going on? We understand the wheels of justice move slow, but how slowly do they move?'" says Royce Russell, Constance Malcolm's attorney.
"Justice is seeing accountability. Accountability is Richard Haste go to jail for what he did to my child," Malcolm says.
They say the the timing of the petition delivery has nothing to do with the deaths of Eric Garner on Staten Island and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Graham's mother says she feels their families are her family now, though, and hopes they have positive people to steer them into the right direction.
led a protest to the Justice Department to deliver petitions urging the state to open an investigation into the death of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham -- referring also to the death of Eric Garner on Staten Island and Michael Brown in Missouri.