A Brooklyn letter carrier delivering mail last week in the Crown Heights neighborhood was nearly struck by an unmarked police cruiser. When the carrier reacted by shouting at the car, it backed up and, according to news reports, “at least” four plainclothes police officers grabbed the letter carrier, handcuffed him, and took him away, leaving the mail truck unattended in the street.
CROWN HEIGHTS — Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams wants the NYPD to investigate the arrest of a postal worker caught on video in Crown Heights last week, an incident he said “could have been another Eric Garner situation.” Adams, himself a former NYPD captain, stood with the 27-year-old worker, Glenn Grays, and his mother at borough hall on Tuesday to release a video of the March 17 arrest. In it, Adams said Grays is seen in his United States Postal Service uniform, with a package in hand, being cuffed and lead away by at least four plainclothes officers from the 71st Precinct.
Not surprisingly, the incident was captured on video.
The Borough President expressed his outrage at the press conference yesterday, reported by the New York Daily News:
“They place handcuffs on an on-duty postal employee delivering the U.S. mail. If they would do that to him in his postal uniform, they would do it to any person of color in that community,” Adams said Tuesday at a press conference, where he played the video.
Adams said the postal worker was brought to the 71st Precinct Stationhouse and issued a summons.
“They issued him a summons in hopes of sweeping this under the rug,” said Adams, who wants Internal Affairs to investigate the four cops and the lieutenant.
“It is not a crime for someone to voice outrage after almost being struck by a vehicle … It is not a crime to state that you’re angry at someone who almost hit you. That is not a crime,” he stressed.
The New York Police Department says it is investigating the incident.