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The NYPD lieutenant who supervised the cursing plainclothes cops who arrested an on-duty postal worker in Brooklyn earlier this month has been stripped of his badge and gun, the Daily News has learned.
Lt. Luis Machado was placed on modified duty in connection with the embarrassingly volatile clash between cops and postal employee Glen Grays in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Machado and three cops were zipping along in an unmarked car on March 17 when they nearly struck Grays postal truck, officials said.
Grays shouted at the driver, who threw the car in reverse and screamed back at the mail carrier.
CUFFED MAILMAN WANTS APOLOGY FROM BRATTON
The four plainclothes cops got out of the car, slapped him in handcuffs, frisked him and carted him off to the 71st Precinct stationhouse where he was charged with resisting arrest.
Video of the arrest has gone viral and sparked an Internal Affairs Bureau investigation.
Earlier this week, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said he had “strong concerns” about the officers’ actions.
Machado and his team — Police Officers Lazo Lluka, Miguel Rodriguez and David Savella — were immediately pulled from the elite conditions unit they were assigned to, Bratton said.
“I am very interested in the charge that was made against this individual, what he was arrested for and the validity of that,” Bratton said Tuesday. “Based on what I witnessed on the various videos I've reviewed I have strong concerns about the charge against that individual."
Grays, whose fiancee is a city cop, told the News Wednesday that he wants an apology from the officers.
He agrees that they should be disciplined, but they should not lose their jobs, he said.
“Honestly speaking, we're all human, we all make mistakes, but lately a lot of mistakes have been made by police officers,” Grays said.
BRATTON 'NOT PLEASED' WITH COPS WHO ARRESTED MAILMAN
On Wednesday Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, cautioned against a “rush to judgment.”
“Everyone, including the police commissioner, should withhold public comment until all the facts are in,” Lynch said.
He also put part of the blame on Grays.
“No one ever has the right to resist arrest,” Lynch continued. “Compliance is not optional.”
originally posted by: wisvol
a reply to: eNumbra
This should extend beyond courtesy between public servants and apply to their masters (the public)
One of the things police departments will need to do if they want to earn back the trust of the public is to start severely punishing officers who violate the rights of others.