The Brooklyn District Attorney, Ken Thompson, released the following statement today:
In the interest of justice I asked the Court to dismiss the disorderly conduct charge against Glen Grays, which resulted from his arrest on March 17, 2016. Mr. Grays was working his postal route in Crown Heights when he was arrested and put in handcuffs, following a driving incident involving undercover police officers
Grays was handcuffed and arrested when he shouted at an unmarked cruiser full of NYPD cops cruising around the city on St Patrick’s Day. The cruiser had narrowly missed hitting Grays and his mail truck. After arresting Grays and stuffing him into the cruiser, the hapless cops managed to rear-end another vehicle. Grays was originally charged with resisting arrest, although the cops never explained why he was being arrested in the first place.
Luckily for Grays, there were lots of witnesses- and at least one captured the cops’ actions on video, which quickly went viral.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams released the following statement following the DA’s announcement:
From the first moment I viewed the cell phone video footage of the questionable arrest of on-duty postal worker Glenn Grays, it was evident that he endured a clear miscarriage of justice. I thank the Brooklyn Criminal Court for righting a key piece of the wrong that this young man experienced by dismissing the spurious charges filed against him, as well as District Attorney Thompson for his support in this matter. The arrest of Mr. Grays impacted people across this country, with millions affected by seeing the troubling policing conduct he faced. The lives of young men of color hang in the balance when fundamental violations of one’s civil rights are allowed to persist unchecked. I appreciate that Commissioner Bratton and the NYPD are taking the internal review of this case seriously, and I trust that we will be a stronger city, state, and nation from working to correct the root causes of this behavior.