Glenn Grays, a USPS mail carrier, stepped out of his delivery truck on March 17 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. A passing car almost hit him. Grays yelled after the car, which stopped and reversed.
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The car was full of plainclothes NYPD officers, including a lieutenant, who stepped out and surrounded Grays. Bystanders took out cameras to record as the police demanded his ID. The police grabbed him before he could retrieve it from his truck, and began to place him under arrest, as can be seen in the video below.
As the police arrest him, they yell at him, “stop resisting,” and Grays responds, “I’m not resisting.” “Yes you are,” the police respond. Grays was firmly in the hold of police and does not appear to be resisting.
It’s a known police practice to yell “stop resisting” at people they are abusing to justify their actions later. Grays was hauled to the local precinct and released with a desk appearance ticket, a document ordering he appear at court, to answer for a single charge: resisting arrest.
The video also captured the reaction of the people of Crown Heights to the police’s attack on the mail carrier.
“Nah, nah, nah, on the job?” A bystander can be heard yelling out in disbelief. Another points out the potential end of this confrontation, chanting out “lawsuit, man, lawsuit! You’re on camera!”
Also outraged was Brooklyn Borough President and retired NYPD captain Eric Adams, who held a press conference about the incident with Grays, his mother, Sonya Sapp, and his close friend, Michael Thomas.
“Innocent people should not be put in handcuffs, taken to a precinct, and then attempted to cover it up. That is unacceptable. This is one step away from Staten Island,” said Adams, referring to the killing of Eric Garner in Staten Island by officers who claimed he was resisting arrest.
“If they would do that to him in his postal uniform, they would do it to any person of color in that community,” said Adams.
Thomas also reflected on the reality of the NYPD’s dealings with the community, saying “Glenn told me, ‘I thought if I got a job they would leave me alone.”
“It is not against the law to voice outrage after almost being struck by a vehicle,” added Adams.
“If the cop could have just humbled himself and just let it go, it would have been a lot easier,” Sapp said.
Grays himself did not speak because the case against him is still open.
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