Former Tennis Star James Blake Roughed Up By Cops, Vows To Pursue Case
James Blake vowed "to get to the bottom of this," and lamented other innocent black people in his predicament, after he was tackled and handcuffed by police today in Manhattan in a case of mistaken identity.
Yes, that James Blake. He won 10 singles titles before retiring in 2013, was once a World No. 4 and his autobiography reached No. 22 on the New York Times bestseller list. But earlier today in midtown Manhattan while on the way to the U.S. Open, Blake, who is black, was tackled and handcuffed by five plainclothes police officers, right there on the sidewalk.
What seems to be the problem, officer? The problem was that the cops thought Blake was a suspect in an ID theft case. Blake was not amused.
“To me it’s as simple as unnecessary police force, no matter what my race is," he said to the New York Daily News. "In my mind there’s probably a race factor involved, but no matter what there’s no reason for anybody to do that to anybody.
“I have resources to get to the bottom of this,” Blake said. “I have a voice. But what about someone who doesn’t have those resources and doesn’t have a voice? The real problem is that I was tackled for no reason and that happens to a lot of people who don’t have a media outlet to voice that to.”
I tend to get livid when I hear stories of police raiding private homes, roughing up the residents, and then find that they had the wrong address. These cases tend to conclude with the cops making a few apologies, and the courts shrugging their shoulders because the mistake was made in "good faith."
In Blake's case, the force indeed seems over the top, and is going to do nothing to ease the tension already felt between African-Americans and law enforcement. Nice timing, NYPD.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 9, 2015
"It was definitely scary and definitely crazy," said Blake, who suffered a cut to his left elbow and bruises to his left leg according to the NY Daily News.
"Sir, can we ask you a few questions" would have probably worked in the James Blake case. Crazy, I know.
— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) September 9, 2015
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