Ramarley Graham’s Family Accused NYPD of Harassment Before Shooting

Ramarley Graham’s Family Accused NYPD of Harassment Before Shooting

March 5, 2012 7:44am | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

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Ramarley Graham, right, threw a party for Chrystal Blake, left, his English teacher at Young Scholars Academy, in 2009. Graham was shot by police in his home Feb. 2, 2012. (Felicia Barnes)

HARLEM The family of Ramarley Graham had been advised to move from Harlem to the Bronx by community leaders who feared they had become the target of an NYPD harassment campaign.

The advice was given just a couple of months before Graham was shot dead in his bathroom by an officer.

On July 25, 2010, a police cruiser pulled up outside the Harlem home of Ramarley Graham’s father, Franclot Graham, who lived with Ramarley’s stepmother, four brothers, and grandmother at 131st Street. Ramarley, who was not present, lived in the Bronx with his mother, Constance Malcolm.

The boys’ grandmother tried to usher the teens inside. Then all hell broke loose.

The teens said they were beaten, maced and knocked unconscious, according to a civil lawsuit filed against the the city and officers from the 32nd precinct. Officers used batons and mace to enter their apartment without a warrant, they claimed.

The Harlem community alleged that the incident was part of a pattern of harassment against the family and held a meeting at the Nation of Islam’s No. 7 Mosque to address the issue.

“My suggestion to them was to move out of Harlem to the Bronx,” said Royce Russell, the attorney representing the three men in the civil suit. “I gave them that suggestion four months ago before Ramarley Graham was killed.”

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$20 Emu Eggs Fly off Shelves at Farmers Markets

$20 Emu Eggs Fly off Shelves at Farmers Markets

March 5, 2012 7:18am | By Della Hasselle, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

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UNION SQUARE For Lower East Side artist Gianberto Vann, the ostrich egg a behemoth work of nature weighing up to three pounds has long inspired some of his most adventurous dinner parties.

That was until this past Monday, when Vann, 81, bought his first emu egg.

Dark green and black on the outside, and creamy on the inside, the egg first caught his eye as it glinted in the sunlight at the Roaming Acres Farm stand in the Union Square Market. Ever the adventurous cook, Vann couldn’t help but buy the six-inch, nearly two-pound egg which he planned to serve scrambled with shrimp and bacon alongside his duck breast entree.

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“This I haven’t tried,” Vann, 81, said, cradling the egg with one hand, debating how to explain his choice to his dinner party of eight. “It’s very interesting. I’m going to tell them it came from a very extraordinary duck.”

Vann hasn’t been alone in his quest to try the highly sought after, and very expensive, emu egg, according to Roaming Acres Farm salesman Lou Braxton.

Despite their $20 price tags, emu eggs have soared in popularity in the past year as both amateur and professional chefs seek the next big thing to spice up their kitchens with the exotic and colorful novelty.

“There’s definitely been a surge in emu egg purchases

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THE GENERATION GAP: The new issue of City & State spotlights the generation gap in Brooklyn politics, where an aging black leadership faces new challengers (http://bit.ly/A9ba9w), focuses on how New Yorks resistance to raising tolls complicates transportation repairs (http://bit.ly/xK83Sc), and highlights City Council photographer William Alatristes unique view of government (http://bit.ly/wEp2qG). Read the full issue at www.cityandstateny.com.

MINORITY FURY GROWING OVER NEW CONGRESSIONAL MAPS: The states powerful Black, Hispanic and Asian caucus is condemning legislative leaders for redrawing Congressional districts in what it calls a slap in the face to minority communities: http://bit.ly/xIvlv9


* Gov. Andrew Cuomos favorability has fallen 5 points to a still-enviable 69 percent, a new Siena College Poll says, but only 50 percent of New York state voters believe the new teacher evaluation system will improve education: http://bit.ly/dn7C5M

* New redistricting maps will no longer force four city Democratic senators into primaries for two seats, but Queens Sens. Toby Ann Stavisky and Tony Avella will still be in the same new Asian-majority district, the Daily News says: http://nydn.us/ywgxz0

* City Comptroller John Liu tells New York magazine he is not worried about the federal probe into his fundraising but adds, This is not to say I believe our system of justice is perfect: http://bit.ly/xYfTBP

* The Senates Independent Democratic Conference says pension management fees paid to Wall Street firms have skyrocketed 163 percent to $425 million last year under state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the Post reports: http://nyp.st/xkgq5u

* Cuomos budget team pushed the state teacher pension system to remove a constitutional question about raising contribution rates from its formal fiscal analysis, the Daily News says: http://nydn.us/yYZcoa

* After Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle died in a 2006 plane crash, the NYPD probed for a terrorism link in at least five local mosques and Islamic Centers, Leonard Levitts NYPD Confidential reports: http://bit.ly/d9hDPX