FDNY Firefighter Accused of Hate Crime Against Mailman

An FDNY firefighter has been charged with assaulting a black mailman in what is alleged to be a racially based hate-crime.

According to the NY Post, Luke Schreiner, 49, approached the mailman last  Wednesday in Gerritsen Beach and said “You want to get smacked today?” and “You are a f—–g n—-r.” According to reports, he struck the mailman in the face.

Schreiner is now facing hate crime offenses, criminal mischief, attempted assault, and menacing. He has been suspended from FDNY.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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