Video: Unmarked NYPD cruiser nearly hits letter carrier- cops arrest him after he complains

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.

From DNAInfo:

NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpiCROWN 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:

NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpi“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.

Source: Adams Demands NYPD Investigate Video of On-Duty Postal Worker Arrest – Crown Heights – DNAinfo.com New York

  • Patty

    I hope this is not swept under the rug. The officers should face federal charges.

  • JG4

    ahhhh New York’s Finest!

  • RuralLife

    There may also be federal charges here. A mail carrier can be arrested for committing a crime, but this one wasn’t. Anyone else assaulting or detaining a mail carrier discovers it’s a federal crime to: “forcibly assault, resist, oppose, impede, interfere with and inflict bodily injury on a federal employee engaged in the performance of official duties of carrying and delivering United States mail.” Let’s see how much deference the federal prosecutors give to these police officers. Hopefully they will be former-officers by then, so there won’t be a problem with needing to placate the NYPD.

  • Felix Soto

    This is a daily occurrence in New York City, where NYPD finest believe that they are above the law. They are the first one we call upon a situation. However they are also the ones that we all avoid as much as possible, you never know what will they do if you just try to voice your opinion.

  • just this once

    You got the right idea.

  • just this once

    I don’t know if it will go as far as that, yet I do feel that McDonalds might be getting an application from a few of these officers in the near future.

  • whatever

    But what did OIG do about them failing to contact the inspection service??? I bet they did nothing at all!!