Target: New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton
Goal: Punish police officers who arrested mailman for yelling when their car nearly hit him.
Postal worker Glenn Grays was delivering mail in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York when a car came dangerously close to striking him. Grays yelled at the driver of the car, which turned out to be an unmarked car that contained four police officers in street clothes. A video shows that the officers then pulled over their vehicle and stopped Grays, who was delivering a package. In the video, Grays complies with the officers, who threaten to harm him in spite of the fact that he does not resist arrest during the confrontation. Grays was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, and the entire incident was caught on camera. These officers clearly went out of their way to attack Grays in retaliation for him yelling at them for driving recklessly, and we demand that they are punished for their despicable behavior.
During the video of this incident, you can see the officers demanding that Grays show them his ID, which he tells them is in his car. Grays also says that he is just doing his job and is trying to deliver a package, which the officers completely ignore. The officers push him, handcuff him, and then put him in their unmarked car while kicking away the package he was delivering. People in the background can be heard yelling to “leave him alone” and that he is “just doing his job.”
The police officers were completely out of line. I think it is obvious that they were trying to assert their power and put Grays in his place in spite of the fact that they were the ones being the aggressors. We demand that these officers are punished for their overly aggressive and completely unnecessary arrest of Glenn Grays.
Dear Commissioner Bratton,
The actions carried out by the four officers who arrested Glenn Grays were completely over the line and a clear abuse of power. Not only did they escalate a harmless situation, they are the ones who instigated it by almost hitting Grays with their car.
These cops shouldn’t only be investigated for being overly aggressive, but there is a strong possibility that this was a case of racial profiling as well. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has even said that, “If they would do that to Glenn, in his postal uniform, they would do it to any other person of color in this community.”
Even though Grays is being wrongfully arrested, he showed tremendous respect by not resisting the officers. In spite of this, the officers continued to handle him with force and even threatened him. On top of the wrongful arrest, they carelessly left Grays’ mail truck completely unattended. You must take action and punish these officers to show that this kind of abusive behavior will not be tolerated.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Dave Hosford