Long Island man arrested for firing rifle near group of men on his lawn


By Scott Shifrel

Monday, September 6th 2010, 3:57 PM

A “mild mannered” Long Island man accused of firing a rifle in the air during a confrontation with a large group of men on his lawn was charged with felony assault Monday.

George Grier, 31, fired the shots – without injuring anyone – on Sunday night after arguing with the men, police said.

Grier, who is black, was arguing the group of Hispanic men at his Uniondale home. His family told the Associated Press he was trying to protect them.

But police said there was no indication of a racial motivation and disparaged comparisons with a notorious 2006 case in which a black man was convicted of killing a white teen he said was threatening him.

“He’s a very mild mannered young man,” said Grier’s former lawyer, Jordan Stern, who successfully represented him in a lawsuit involving an automobile accident. “I would never expect anything violent from him.”

Stern was arraigned Monday on charges of first-degree reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and faces up to seven years in prison. Judge Angelo Delligatti ordered him held on $10,000 bail.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/09/06/2010-09-06_long_island_man_arrested_for_firing_rifle_near_group_of_men_on_his_lawn.html#ixzz0ywOIWDHU

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