An FDNY firefighter arrested in 2013 for assaulting a black postal worker while yelling racist slurs was ordered to attend diversity classes and complete an anger management course on Wednesday.
The New York Post reports:
Luke Schreiner, 49, was convicted on misdemeanor attempted assault and harassment raps for his ugly attack on mild-mannered Rene Isidore, 57, in a September bench trial in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
“A fireman is supposed to save lives. Mr. Schreiner almost ended my life instead,” Isidore said in his victim impact statement.
“He grabbed me by my chest and pulled as if I was an animal.”
Schreiner originally faced a hate crime charge for the assault, which stems from a November 13, 2013 incident, but was acquitted on that charge last month because it was not the motivation for the assault, the judge determined.
“The defendant was upset and he struck [the mailman] because he believed the postal truck grazed his vehicle,” the judge said.
He was suspended for a month after the incident, in which he allegedly smacked Isiidore in the face, broke his sunglasses, and shouted racial slurs at him and a black woman passing by – all in front of his own Gerritsen Beach home.
A previous report from the Post likened the court transcriptions to Django Unchained screenplay, with the N-word repeated numerous times.
“You’re nothing but a f—— n—–! That’s why you work for the Postal Service,” testified postal worker Rene Isidore…
“You’re a n—-r, too!” Schreiner yelled at a black passerby, prosecutor Damani Sims said in his opening statement. “You’re all n—–rs! You’re the color of my s–t!”
Schreiner was ultimately convicted of misdemeanor attempted assault and harassment charges.
The Daily News reports that he has two previous assault arrests, including one for road rage.