Please let the USPS fine the NYPD for this.
What ever happened to “Neither snow nor rain NOR HEAT nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”?
Hmm… Mailmen are a federally protected class… Wonder if that will make a difference.
(Waiting for Fox News to declare which item of clothing he shouldn’t have been wearing if he didn’t want to be identified as a criminal.)
He was carrying a bag full of OTHER PEOPLE’S MAIL. Obviously some kind of thief.
And there could have been drugs in that package he was delivering!
So… four plainclothes officers, driving around…were they going somewhere, doing something? What could it have been that criminally harassing a black guy took sudden precedence?
Perhaps cops are supposed to be out looking for trouble, I can understand that, but these crooks have the concept ass-backwards.
Note to self: quit yelling “ASSHOLE!” at drivers who run red lights and nearly hit me while I’m crossing intersections.
Add “Delivering mail while black” to the list. For Fuck Sake!
“On behalf of the USPS, we’re sorry the invitations to the annual NYC Police Foundation’s fundraising event were delivered a month late. And crumpled, wet, and partially shredded. And delivered to the wrong addresses. This was an accident and completely unrelated to the incident where NYPD officers arrested the mail carrier they nearly struck with their vehicle. The postal employees involved have been given a stern talking-to.”
Guys…this is the police department that is STILL RUNNING a mini-gitmo on the outskirts somewhere, violating people’s rights to obtain confessions.
Are you truly surprised that they staff their department with lawbreakers?
18 USC 111 makes it a federal crime to interfere with a postal worker in their official duties. Do it while armed, and it’s up to 20 years in jail.
(a) In General.—Whoever—
(1) forcibly assaults, resists, opposes, impedes, intimidates, or interferes with any person designated in section 1114 of this title while engaged in or on account of the performance of official duties; or
(2) forcibly assaults or intimidates any person who formerly served as a person designated in section 1114 on account of the performance of official duties during such person’s term of service,
shall, where the acts in violation of this section constitute only simple assault, be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both, and where such acts involve physical contact with the victim of that assault or the intent to commit another felony, be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.
(b) Enhanced Penalty.—
Whoever, in the commission of any acts described in subsection (a), uses a deadly or dangerous weapon (including a weapon intended to cause death or danger but that fails to do so by reason of a defective component) or inflicts bodily injury, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.
"If they would do that to him in his postal uniform, they would do it to any person of color in that community.”
Don’t fool yourself. The police would do it to any person, no matter their ostensible skin color. Yeah, sure, darker skin tones get treated more harshly but pale skin no longer gets much privilege from terror-enabled Five-Oh these days.
Just another reason Black Lives Matter even for the ofay .
" He was released with a ticket for resisting arrest. "
This is like those small towns on heavily traveled roads where the speed limit suddenly changes from 55mph to 20mph for a half mile stretch, and they can have a cop just hanging out issuing pricey speeding tickets all day. Get the guy angry, arrest him, and see if there’s something you can characterizes as “resisting.”
Apparently black mail is a serious crime.
Yeah, but at least in this case you have a previous reason (the ticket) to cause the arrest. How is it possible that the only charge IS resisting arrest. You are allowed to yell at cars, so the police had no reason to even talk to him. How can one resist an arrest that never happened.
This is common with protests here in Canada. Protesters may be charged with trespassing for occupying a politician’s office - charges later dropped when the politician wants to avoid bad publicity. Or they’re just removed by police without charges. But unless the protesters cooperated (or went limp, offering no resistance) they may be charged with resisting arrest regardless.