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.