BRONX, NY (PIX11)—A day after Constance Malcolm made only a statement to the media following the indictment of NYPD Officer Richard Haste in the shooting death of her son Ramarley Graham, Malcolm opened up to PIX 11 News.
The 40-year-old mother of three started off the interview by giving her impressions on seeing Haste for the first time in court, "It was a very hard time for us to sit there and see this man that killed our son, knowing that my son won't be coming back." Malcolm admitted she didn't know what to expect going in and it didn't not take long for the presence of Haste to have a chilling effect, "I didn't know what to feel. I was numb seeing this man that killed my child standing there just staring at the judge, don't even glimpse at us to see a reaction of his face."
As to her thoughts on securing a conviction where it's been a challenge to secure one in the past: "Is this history playing over again?" She asked. "We saw this with Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, nothing came out of it. This happened in my home."
Malcolm indicated during the interview that she has received tremendous support and encouragement from complete strangers in the aftermath of the shooting. One stranger came up to her prior to the interview to give her a hug and wish her well. Malcolm says that she is not only fighting for Ramarley, but also for the communities that the NYPD serves.
Malcolm also added that as she grieves for her son, she was shocked at the behavior of the NYPD officers who clapped and cheered for Haste as he left court, "I was stunned, I was like, 'really'?" She added, "That's crazy, whether he's a police officer or not somebody's life was taken at a young age. How can you glorify that? And these are the same people that are supposed to uphold the law. What message are you saying?"
Finally, Malcolm broke down in tears. The wounds are still too fresh. Her tears flow often, "Everyday, but not with people around, I try not too. It's hard, people see me and they say I'm strong, but sometimes I'm really not, but I know I have to continue this fight, because I can't sit down and let them walk up with this. It's not supposed to happen. He was supposed to be in his house safe. If we aren't safe in our home, where are we safe?"
It's a question that a jury will address.
Until then, a mother copes.