From former tennis stars to sidewalk griller to everyday Black folks walking down the street, the NYPD can do the absolute most when it comes to who they arrest, but this newest arrest takes the cake.
According to the New York Daily News, an on duty mailman Glenn Grays, 27, yelled at an unmarked car that almost slammed into his work truck. For whatever reason, police believed that being read for filth was so dangerous that the situation warranted four plainclothes police officers and a lieutenant to approach Grays, who at the time was carrying a large brown box.
Thankfully, the confrontation was recorded.
The video shows the cops asking him for ID, which quickly tells them is in his truck. Soon after, the cops pull Grays away from the door and cuff him, despite Grays never resisting. The cops put him in the car and drive off leaving the mail truck completely unattended, NY Daily News notes.
Grays’ mother, Sonya Sapp told reporters that when she her son get handcuffed on video, she started to cry.
“I worry about all my boys, every day, every second of every day,” she said. “I’m just sorry that it happened and I don’t want it to happen to anyone else’s son.
This arrest and treatment of Grays isn’t sitting too well with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams who is calling the police’s behavior a gross overreach in authority and hopes Internal Affairs starts an investigation.
“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,” Adams stressed. He added, “they issued him a summons in hopes of sweeping this under the rug.”
Adams also believes that this incident is part of a larger ongoing problem of overpolicing of Black and Latino areas.
“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.
Adams also noted that forcing Grays to leave his truck unattended may have violated some federal laws too.
“I believe there were federal violations. Number one, leaving that truck unsecured. Number, two, interrupting the delivery of mail. There are clear NYPD procedures when you are arresting a federal employee,” he said. “We don’t know if even those basic procedures were followed.
Meanwhile, Adams says Grays is “traumatized” by what happened.