So is this unrelated incident in 2013 when a cop made a left turn into and killed a teacher crossing the street. It's all too common for drivers in error to get away with killing pedestrians in New York City without serious consequences. Add police into the mix, and this isn't even a surprise.
But the egregious and shameless part here is the city arguing that the victim "knew or should have known in the exercise of due/reasonable care of the risks and dangers incident to engaging in the activity alleged." That's lawyer talk for it's the pedestrian's fault for crossing the street, in the crosswalk, with the walk sign.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Monday that he reviewed multiple videos of the incident and was "not pleased" with what he saw, and that the officers were supposed to be in uniform as part of their detail.Follow-up post.
"All four of these people, including the lieutenant, were in street clothes, not in uniform," Bratton said during an unrelated press conference Monday. "That’s in direct violation of our patrol guide. So we will be investigating that element of it.”
Grays said he hopes the officers involved will be disciplined, but not fired.
“I don’t want them to be jobless because they might have family, kids they need to support,” he said.
“It’s sad. I thought when I put on a uniform that I’d be treated a little different, but there’s no difference. I’m just another brother with a uniform.”