The NYPD’s recent arrest of an on-duty mailman who had apparently committed no crime was so revolting that not even the NYPD could stand behind it. Lieutenant Luis Machado, who oversaw the arrest, was stripped of his gun and badge and placed on modified duty, the New York Daily News reports today.
According to Glenn Grays, the postal worker who was cuffed, the officers approached him after he shouted at them for nearly hitting his truck with their car. A video of the ensuing scuffle and arrest circulated widely earlier this month.
According to the News, Grays was charged solely with resisting arrest, a favorite catch-22 tactic of combative cops everywhere. If your only crime is resisting the officer who’s trying to arrest you, what were you being arrested for in the first place?
All of the officers involved were removed from the unit in which they worked, and the NYPD Internal Affairs is investigating the incident, the News reports.