NYPD Almost Flattens Mailman, Then Arrests Him For No Reason

A New York mailman on his rounds finds himself in handcuffs - but it's a police officer who should face charges.

NYPD harass & arrest an ON DUTY mailman. FOOLISHNESS

FOOLISHNESS!! The NYPD harass and arrest a MAILMAN, while he's on the job, for no reason whatsoever. FULL STORY @: https://nydn.us/1o4UFaxThe police nearly hit his mail truck while driving recklessly. When he said something, they backed the car up, like tough guys, and began this nonsense. Then they arrested him and LEFT THE MAIL TRUCK right there on the street. The postal worker's name is Glenn Grays. Thankful for Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for standing up against this foolishness.

Posted by Shaun King on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The NYPD officer who arrested a mailman last month for no reason has been placed on desk duty.

Glenn Grays, a 27-year-old African-American mail-carrier, was making his rounds in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, when a car zipping by nearly hit his truck and almost flattened him. As Grays shouted at the driver, the un-marked car reversed and the driver shouted back, “I have the right of way because I’m law enforcement.” 

The four law enforcement officers riding in the car came out, frisked the mailman without any reason, then handcuffed him and took him to the police station. He was taken to the 71st Precinct station, where he was charged for resisting arrest and released.

However, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, himself a former police officer, accused the NYPD of trying to hide the incident and released the video of the scene.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who investigated the incident, was not happy with the behavior of the officers who were dressed in street clothes, which is a direct violation of police patrol guide. The officer who oversaw the arrest, Lt. Luis Machado, has been stripped of his badge and gun and placed on desk duty.

"The only thing I think saved me is that it was on videotape," Grays told CBS. "Never been arrested, never received a summons. I was extremely terrified. I wouldn't say afraid — I passed the stage of afraid," Grays said. "I was afraid that if I didn't comply that something was going to happen to me."

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Grays, whose wife is also a cop, was charged with resisting arrest, one of the favorite and most ironic tactics of law enforcement officers everywhere.

Eric Garner, who was stopped on suspicion for peddling loose cigarettes without tax stamps — which he did not possess and calls to question whether the police were directed to arrest Garner for this felony — was suffocated to death with a chokehold because he resisted arrest.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been dubbed a “total nincompoop” by the NYPD previously, stated: “It’s abundantly clear, if a police officer says you're under arrest, you must — you must — submit to that.”

Submit to what exactly? If the only crime is resisting arrest, what is the person being arrested for in the first place?

Samuel Walker, a police accountability expert and professor of criminal justice at University of Nebraska, says resisting arrest often starts because of the behavior of a few officers in each department. These officers have a tendency to fight and are unable or unwilling to soothe the fear that is a natural reaction to being arrested.

“Resisting arrest charges have been misused," Walker said. “It’s better to put the emphasis on de-escalation, which has been endorsed by just about everyone these days, including the president’s task force.”

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