BROOKLYN — Charges against an on-duty postal worker arrested in Crown Heights have been dropped, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said Thursday.
Glenn Grays, 27, was working his route in the neighborhood on March 17 when plainclothes police officers stopped and arrested him following a dispute.
Cellphone footage of the incident gained national attention after Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams released it to the media and called for the NYPD to investigate their officers' actions.
Grays was charged with disorderly conduct. That charge was dismissed Thursday, Thompson said.
“In the interest of justice I asked the court to dismiss the disorderly conduct charge,” Thompson said in a statement.
“Mr. Grays was working his postal route in Crown Heights when he was arrested and put in handcuffs following a driving incident involving undercover police officers.”
Gray's attorney Kenneth E. Ramseur said the decision by the court was a "big relief" to his client.
"They came up with the proper administration of justice," he said.
Now, Ramseur said Grays will consider what other methods of "legal redress" are available, but would not say for sure if his client will pursue civil action against the department over the arrest.
Though Grays will not face charges, the full effect of the arrest remains to be seen. Ramseur said the Civilian Complaint Review Board and the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau are continuing to investigate the incident. In addition, The NYPD lieutenant who oversaw the arrest has been stripped of his gun and badge and four officers present at the time were removed from their posts as the department investigates.
At the time the video was released, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton expressed “strong concerns” about the footage. Soon after, the president of the city's largest police union asked him not to rush to judgment.
Many elected officials also spoke out about the arrest. As he released the footage, Borough President Adams warned that the incident “could have been another Eric Garner situation.”
On Thursday, Adams thanked the court for "righting a key piece of the wrong" that Grays experienced by dismissing the "spurious charges."
"The arrest of Mr. Grays impacted people across this country, with millions affected by seeing the troubling policing conduct he faced," he said in a statement.