Newly released bodycam footage shows the arrest of a Colorado lawmaker after school officials called police when he appeared to be drunk while picking up his elementary school kids.
State Representative Matthew Gray, 41, tried to wrangle his way out of being handcuffed by telling cops he was a bigwig when they asked him for his name during the April 21 incident.
‘I am the state f****ng representative for this state, so, like, you can Google me if you want to,’ the three-term Democrat tells police as they try to ascertain his identity, the video shows.
From there, his belligerence deepens throughout the nearly 18-minute video before he is cuffed and placed in the squad car while informing cops ‘You should know I’m friends with the DA.’
Police dispatched officers to the Coyote Ridge Elementary School in Broomfield, Colorado, at 4:49pm following reports from school authorities that Gray had arrived to pick up his kids – ages six and eight – from an after-school program, but appeared to be intoxicated.
The school supervisor told police that she and co-workers had seen him stumbling in the hallway, and when she confronted him the police report shows that Gray ‘became emotional and said she did not understand the situation she was putting him in.’
The supervisor said Gray smelled like liquor and was mumbling, and that she and the school director told Gray they would not let him take his kids or leave without a new ride.
The director told police that Gray told him ‘You just think I am drunk, when it’s just my anxiety.’
The bodycam footage begins as police confront Gray in the school parking lot.
Sitting on the ledge of the school’s loading dock in a Denver Broncos T-shirt, Gray tells police that he has arranged a different ride but that he is not drunk, and that he has not had anything to drink.
Police ask Gray for his ID, but he tells them he will give them his ID if there is ‘ever anything close to probable cause or reasonable suspicion.’
He then adds, ‘I’m a former prosecutor, I know what’s going on,’ – the first of many references to his past working for the state.
He finally confirms his name and date of birth, but asks why the police need to know whether Gray is spelled with an ‘E’ or an ‘A.’
An officer tells him that they only need that information for their records, and Gray responds defiantly, ‘I know! I used to prosecute crimes.’
Moments later he declares ‘I am the state f****ng representative for this state, so, like, you can Google me if you want to.’
Gray goes on to tell cops that he drove his car to the school in Broomfield from the statehouse in Denver – a 35 minute drive – that he ‘parked it pretty well, it turns out,’ and that they’re causing his daughter to miss choir practice.
As police interview Gray, he continually closes his eyes, repeats phrases, loses track of his train of thought, mumbles his words, and responds defiantly to the officers’ calm lines of questioning.
Gray, a former prosecutor, was elected in 2016 in District 33, which covers Broomfield and portions of Boulder. He is running for reelection in November.
‘You have to understand that I know this process. I’ve prosecuted like, 500 DUIs, and a bunch of DD cases.’
He then tells the police that they are surrounding him intentionally, ‘You guys are in triple formation here,’ he says.
‘Where would you like us to stand, Matt?’ they respond in mounting exasperation.
Gray told school authorities and police that he had been suffering a panic attack while he was picking up his kids, and that the behavior they perceived as drunkenness may have been due to that and medication he was taking.
Re-explaining his own story to him, the police offer a breathalyzer test to Gray.
Gray refuses and says with his eyes closed, ‘You know what I used to do for a living?’
‘What did you do?’ the officer responds.
‘I was a prosecutor.’
Gray explains that he is not going to take the breathalyzer test because he has already agreed to let somebody drive him home, and that it is ‘insulting and hurtful to me that I’m being treated this way.’
‘I need to keep a shred of dignity in my life,’ he tells officers.
When the officers tell Gray that his children’s mother – his ex-wife – has been notified about the situation and is on her way, he begins to visibly panic, closing his eyes tight, breathing rapidly, clenching his teeth, and opening and closing his mouth while sticking his tongue out.
As Gray continues to interrupt officers and use his past as a prosecutor to weasel his way out of the situation, police tell Gray, ‘You smell like alcohol right now,’ to which he responds, ‘Alcohol doesn’t have a smell and you know that.’
Finally, officers tell Gray ‘We’re trying to cooperate with you, we respect what you do for the state. But you can’t show up to pick up your kids smelling like alcohol.’
An officer then asks Gray to turnaround so he can cuff him, to which Gray whispers with closed eyes, ‘No.’
The officer asks Gray again, who then crosses his arms, opens his eyes and says, ‘You think you have probable cause?’
The officers then turn Gray around, cuff him, and lead him to the squad car as school kids look on.
As they duck Gray into the back of the squad car, he tells officers, ‘You should know, I’m friends with the DA,’ and tells them that he is ‘very explicitly’ asking officers not to treat him any differently than they would anybody else just because of who he is and knows.
‘That’s why you’re under arrest, sir,’ an officer responds.
When police called Gray’s ex-wife to pick up the children, she told them that she ‘has been dealing with his drinking on her own for years,’ the report said.
She also said she was not surprised Gray showed up drunk to the school, according to the report.
This is an excerpt from Daily Mail.
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