The New York Police Department released surveillance video Friday of retired tennis star James Blake’s mistaken arrest on Wednesday. The incident is under investigation. Photo: NYPD
Sept. 11, 2015 4:51 p.m. ET
The New York Police Department released surveillance video Friday of tennis player James Blake being mistakenly arrested Wednesday, as the tennis star said the apologies he received from city officials are “not enough.” The video shows Mr. Blake, 35 years old, leaning against a pillar outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel near Grand Central Terminal when the officer sprints toward him, turns him around and wraps his arms around him before spinning him to the pavement. The undercover officer—identified by a law-enforcement official as James Frascatore, 38, a four-year veteran of the NYPD—is seen kneeling on top of Mr. Blake, who appears to not be resisting arrest, as he cuffs his hands behind his back during a botched credit card fraud sting. The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau interviewed Mr. Blake Thursday night, and the investigation is ongoing, said department spokesman Stephen Davis in a statement. The use of force is only one of the issues investigators are probing. In addition, officers had been working with an Instagram photo of a suspect who looked like Mr. Blake’s “twin,” several officials said, and ended up being a person not involved with the fraud scheme. Investigators are also looking into whether the officer identified himself and if officers filed the right paperwork—including voided arrest and stop-and-frisk forms, Mr. Bratton said. The officer was placed on modified duty following the incident, which drew quick apologies from Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton.
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Shortly after the video was released, Mr. Blake, who is biracial, released a statement reiterating earlier comments that the officer didn’t identify himself, ask his name or “in any way afford me the dignity and respect due every person who walks the streets of this country.” And while he said he greatly appreciated the apologies, “extending courtesy to a public figure mistreated by the police is not enough.” Mr. Blake went on …Read More