Here’s Video Of Cop Tackling Ex-Tennis Star James Blake And Slapping Him In Cuffs
Well this is no laughing matter. Ex-tennis star James Blake was roughed up and arrested by plainclothes police earlier this week in a case of mistaken identity, as we wrote about at the time. New York City police have just released the surveillance video that shows the takedown, and as you can see, the cop roughed him up even though Blake wasn't resisting in the least.
If I were him I'd be pissed -- and he is. More on that below.
The cop has been identified by the New York Daily News as James Frascatore, a four-year police veteran who -- drum roll please -- has been sued four times for prior excessive force, according to the New York Daily News.
New York Police Commissioner William Bratton is in level 5 damage control right now. His statement today:
The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau interviewed James Blake last night. The NYPD is releasing video footage from the September 9th incident outside of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan. A copy of the video was provided to Mr. Blake’s attorney. The investigation is still ongoing.
Bratton told the Daily News that he had a problem with the force used in the arrest, and also the fact that there was no police report of he incident. It's always the coverup, dude.
Blake was outside the hotel waiting for a car to take him to the U.S. Open. He later told Good Morning America:
"I was furious because I thought about what I would be thinking if someone did that to my wife, if someone tackled her in broad daylight, paraded her around in a busy, crowded sidewalk in New York City with handcuffs.
"The first words out of my mouth were, 'I'm going to 100 per cent cooperate. I don't want any incident or whatever,' just out of reaction from what I've seen in the media."
Can you imagine this happening to someone dressed as the father from Mary Poppins? I think it would have been more along the lines of: "Excuse me sir, would you set aside your umbrella and show me your ID?"
- Blake was interviewed by CNN's Don Lemon on Saturday, saying he thinks most law enforcement officials wield their power responsibly, but the few who don't put lives at risk. He speculated how his run-in with officer Frascatore would've ended had he fought back -- something most of us consider to be a perfectly normal reaction to being attacked by a guy in jeans and a t-shirt seemingly out of nowhere.
"I think about how scary it would have been had I put my arms up and done the normal reaction to defend myself. If I had any sort of resistance, I wonder what could have happened. I could have broken bones, a concussion or worse."
Blake added that he does not think Frascatore should be a cop anymore. Uh, ya. Duh.
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