A 27-year-old African-American postal worker was handcuffed by four plainclothes NYPD officers St. Patrick’s Day while on his delivery route in Brooklyn. The incident, which was captured on video by a bystander shows Glen Grays wearing his U.S. Postal uniform and carrying a package before being taken away by the officers.
Footage was released last week by Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, but doesn’t show what led to the disturbing encounter between Grays and the officers. Adams said Grays was carrying out his normal duties as a mailman when he got out of his truck and “a vehicle passed by him, almost striking him.” Grays made comments toward the driver of the vehicle like any New Yorker would. The driver and occupants of the vehicle were the four officers who would later handcuff him.
Adams said the officers followed Grays to his delivery stop and then told to him “stop resisting” one officer even stated he could get hurt as the other cops placed him handcuffs and walked away.
Yelling at the unmarked car was “the only action that Glen did that day that caused those plainclothes officers to stop their vehicle and to show who’s the biggest and the baddest, and place handcuffs on an on-duty postal employee who is delivering the U.S. mail,” Adams said. “If they would do that to Glen, in his postal uniform, they would do it to any other person of color in this community.”
Grays, who says he’s never been arrested before, says he doesn’t hate hate cops and is engaged to one, but the incident has left him traumatized. When asked about the footage, which has since gone viral, the New York Police Department said only that “the matter is under internal review.”
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