MAILMAN CUFFED IN BROKLYN, NY * CAUGHT ON VIDEO *

Glen Grays, a 27-year-old community-oriented African-American mail carrier is in the news as of late for an incident that occurred just last week on St. Patrick’s day.  According to reports, the incident went down this way:  On the afternoon in question, Grays was backing down off the steps of his mail truck (he is a postal worker) when he noticed a vehicle making a sharp right turn onto the street he was parked on, President St.  Grays immediately climbed back up the steps to avoid getting sideswiped and he yelled at the driver.  The driver in question was in a black car that happened to hold five plainclothes police officers.  In an interview, Gray indicated that the black car came tearing back his way in reverse and the driver said to him “I have the right of way because I’m law enforcement.”

By the time Grays had arrived at 999 President St., the four officers were approaching him.  An innocent bystander began taping the incident at this point and the video can be seen below:  **** WARNING**** VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE****

In the video, Grays is shown being handcuffed and taken to the unmarked police vehicle.  People can be heard in the background questioning why this incident is occurring.  The five plain clothed white officers can be heard telling Grays to stop resisting arrest.  The video does not show that Gray was resisting.

In a later interview, Glen Grays indicates that he was placed cuffed in the back seat of the unmarked car without a seatbelt.  His mail truck was left unattended.  He also indicated that the driver of the police vehicle turned around to taunt him and hit a vehicle in front of them.  At this point, Grays indicated that this caused him to bang his shoulder against the front seat of the police vehicle.  Grays was taken to the police department and issued a summons for disorderly conduct and then released.

The above video was released by a former police officer, Eric L. Adams (now the Brooklyn borough president).  Adams indicated that he was outraged over “the ostensible violations of the civil rights of yet another young black man, this one an employee of the federal government.”  During a recent press conference Adams said: “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,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams stressed.  Here’s how federal law reads: “when any person interferes with the delivery of the US mail.Title 18, USC, Section 1701. Section 1701. Obstruction of mails generally, whoever knowingly and willfully obstructs or retards the passage of the mail, or any carrier or conveyance carrying the mail, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both”.  There is nothing in the code that states that cops are exempt from the law. I guess we will see if charges are filed by federal officials

Grays is the oldest of six males in his family. His mother, Sonya Sapp, recently spoke only to say, “I worry about them every day, every minute, every second of every day,” before fading off with, “I’m short on words; I’m just hurt.”

The Police Department has indicated that this incident is “under internal review.” Mayor Bill de Blasio’s deputy press secretary, Monica Klein, added that the mayor would be “in close touch with  Police Commissioner William J. Bratton over this incident’s investigations and findings.”

Mr. Grays’s fiancée is a New York City police officer he met while delivering the mail.  No word yet on her feelings about this incident.

 

 

LOVE ISN’T LOVE…

…”til you give it away!  I’ve always loved this quote and am posting it to remind others to give away some love to someone as soon as you can.  It can be as simple as a phone call, an email, a smile, a kind word, or some other simple kind gesture.  in my case, I will soon be giving away some love to a few of my wordpress friends.  Just yesterday, studiotj received another award and this one was from Chape Personal Trainer and is called the Blogger Recognition Award.  https://chapeblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/25/recognition-awards/

Chape’s blog is a great site that is always giving great tips on ways to workout.  Don’t we all need that?  I can speak for myself and say YES!!!

  I am ever so grateful for this and will be soon selecting some others to share the love.  If you’re reading this Xena, DaintyM, Virgobeauty, cjstorm, mopane, and others…LOVE………..is in the air!!!

GOOD FRIDAY


Yeah folks, this is the mood I’m in right now. Hopefully you can grove with me on this. Remember Oleta Adams? This is her version of “Holy is the Lamb.” Of course it is very appropriate today and really forever. Here’s hoping each of you have a GOOD FRIDAY. I’m listening to this song as I type and it is really awesome!!!

CAN YOU IMAGINE CARRYING A HEAVY CROSS?


This is one of my favorite songs especially this time of year. It is called “The Old Rugged Cross” being sung by Al Green. This is the first time I’ve heard Rev. Green sing this song and he does a great job. According to Scripture, Christians believe that Jesus was raised back from the dead after three days. He had been crucified on the cross and that death is commemorated on what we call Good Friday. The belief also is that Jesus’ death was in payment for our sins as long as we believe in Him…and I do!!! On Easter Sunday, we celebrate His resurrection. Can you imagine carrying a heavy cross and being crucified on it for someone else’s sins? I can’t imagine but… I AM GLAD HE DID.

ON A MISSION…

Main

Mission

To live

For HIM

He set

Me free

H E    G A V E    H I S    L I F E    O N    C A L V A R Y

He took

The pain

For you

And I

An awful

Death

That HE

Should die

And so

I thank

HIM when

I pray

And I

Praise

HIS name

Everyday

 

tjroach

© 2015

HAVE FAITH

FAITH IS A BRIDGE

                                       Faith is a bridge over which we may

                                      walk from the unknown to the known,

                                      from sunlight to darkness and on to

                                      sunlight again.  And though we cannot

                                     see the far end of the bridge, we step

                                     confidently, knowing that others have

                                    gone before us and the way is sure.  Let

                                    us not stand at the chasm’s edge and

                                    despair of the mist and the dark.  For

                                    all through life this bridge will hold.  If

                                   we but step on it, we shall find

                                   the way across.

                                       -Esther Baldwin York-

GOOD MORNING!

On January 20,1993 Maya Angelou was invited to deliver the Inaugural poem at Bill Clinton’s Inauguration.  Angelou was only the second person ever to deliver a poem at a Presidential Inauguration.  This is certainly one of my favorites.  I have listened, read, listened, and re-read this poem over and over again.