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James Blake Says Cop Should Be Arrested

Submitted by on September 13, 2015 – 11:50 amNo Comment

Former tennis pro James Blake says the plainclothes NYPD officer who forcefully took him down should be fired. This week, video of the incident was released that showed Blake casually waiting outside a high-end Midtown hotel, when the officer appears and forces Blake down to the ground in just seconds, reportedly without identifying himself.

“He had his opportunity to have a badge and I don’t think he should have it anymore,” said Blake. The officer, James Frascatore, is already named in several lawsuits and complaints alleging excessive force. He has been placed on desk duty.

“I think that that kind of police officer tarnishes the badge, which I have the utmost respect for and I believe that the majority of police officers do great work and they’re heroes,” Blake told the Associated Press. “So this person doesn’t ever belong in the same sentence with the heroes that are doing the right kind of police work and keeping the public safe.”

“The apprehension was made under fluid circumstances where the subject might have fled and the officer did a professional job of bringing the individual to the ground to prevent that occurrence,” said Police Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch in a statement. “It is truly unfortunate that the arrest was a result of mistaken identity by the complainant in the case and we regret any embarrassment or injury suffered by Mr. Blake as a result.”

Police Commissioner William Bratton also denied that the apprehension was racial motivated; Blake is biracial, and Frascatore is white. A suspect later arrested for the crime being investigated did bear a resemblance to Blake.

“I think about how scary it would have been had I put my arms up and done the normal reaction … to defend myself,” Blake told CNN’s Don Lemon on Saturday. “If I had any sort of resistance, I wonder what could have happened. I could have broken bones, a concussion or worse.”

Blake also said he has not decided whether to sue over the incident, saying he would prefer an “open dialogue … about real solutions, accountability,” to a financial settlement.

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