San Rafael Faces Civil Rights Lawsuit From Black Mail Carrier Detained By Police

SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) – A federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of San Rafael has been filed on behalf of a Black postal carrier detained by San Rafael police in August.

The suit announced Wednesday by Attorney John Burris alleges that Karl Bracy “was wrongfully stopped, detained, and handcuffed by the police for being a person suspected of carjacking,” the attorney’s office said in a news release.

Bracy, 21-year employee of the U.S. Postal Service, was in his on his way home to Fairfield and still wearing his mail carrier uniform when he was stopped at rush hour on the side of southbound U.S. Highway 101 on Aug. 7.

“A police officer loudly ordered him out of the car at gunpoint. Bracy noted that there were at least three other officers present with guns drawn,” Burris’ office said in the release.

Bracy, who drove a different model car than the one described in the carjacking alert, was detained for several minutes before being allowed to leave.

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