Street Roc: Exciting, versatile entertainers who thrill fans, showcase talents

The Street Roc Label has a cadre of diverse, talented musicians who bring individualism to the label.

The Street Roc Label has a cadre of diverse, talented musicians who bring individualism to the label.

By Carmen Glover

An enterprising group of youthful entertainers who cemented a strong bond of friendship while growing up in the Bronx, New York, the birthplace of hip hop, is poised to storm the music scene from their dual base of operations in Atlanta, Georgia and New York City with a plethora of musical offerings under their music umbrella, The Street Roc Label LLC.

Inspired by genres that span reggae, hip hop, R&B and Rock & Roll, the ambitious musicians are passionate about their craft and determined to make an indelible mark in the music industry. Despite having their own unique styles, they are also following in the footsteps of other memorable groups such as Ruff Ryders, which was helmed by DMX and the Fugees, which paved the way for explosive careers for its members Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel.

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With NWA’s biographical film, “Straight Outta Compton,” dominating the movie theaters this past summer and industry buzz building about upcoming releases chronicling the career of Snopp Dogg, sometimes known as Snoop Lion, the Street Roc roster mates see a viable path to carving out a competitive niche for themselves in the industry and solidifying their reputations as serious, conscious, hard-working, savvy musicians and budding entrepreneurs.

But, just like the 1985 blockbuster movie “Krush Groove” told the story of hip hop trendsetters Russell Simmons, Run-DMC and LL Cool J, and enigmatic musician Prince set the stage for independent producing when he left Warner Brothers after a public spat, the Street Roc team members are determined to have ownership of their work and shape the trajectory of their careers, a lesson many musicians fail to learn until they have lost all their earnings to extravagance and flash.

Kristoph Francis developed the name for the record label and takes great interest in the success of all the artists.

Kristoph Francis developed the name for the record label and takes great interest in the success of all the artists. His demo, “Critique Me,” was released in 2014.

Kristoph Francis, 23, one of the label’s co-founders, created the name for the company based on reactions to his childhood musical performances and because the name, Street Roc,”has a nice ring to it.”

“I came up with the name when I was in high school because everywhere we went we had the streets rocking,” he recalled. Francis, who played the Congo drums in church at age 11, describes the drums as instruments that infuse all of his musical repertoire. “When I’m making my beats, I think of the drums because they give me my music sense,” he said, explaining that his cousin plays the bass drums for reggae singer Capleton, who is known for introducing the element of fire to his extraordinarily spectacular shows.

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The Street Roc Label is poised for takeoff after releasing mixed tapes “Divine Adolescence,” in 2012 and “Too Geek’d For The Streets,” in 2013.

Francis said he was influenced to pursue a career in music by Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, his stepfather and a host of artists, including reggae crooner Sanchez, who came around the family often during Francis’ childhood. Meeting Young Jeezy and M.E.M.P.H.I.S. Bleek, who signed Francis’ book of raps, piqued his interest and fueled his drive to hone his musical skills.

As he puts the finishing touches on a mixed tape, which features singles such as “Back Home” and “It’s All Yours,” Francis reminisces about the day he showed his grandmother his homework, which posed the question: What do you want to be when you grow up? Francis wrote “a rapper,” which elicited much consternation and the response: “You can’t be a rapper,” which caused him to internalize his dreams until his adult mind was capable of developing a plan of action to aggressively respond to the tugging of his heart-strings and live his musical truth.

Kristoph Francis is focused on creating beats and taking the label to the fans.

Kristoph Francis is focused on creating beats and taking the label to the fans.

While also having an interest in music, the experience has been somewhat different for Francis’ brother, Malcolm ‘Dolo Pierre’ Jackson, 25, a co-founder of The Street Roc Label. Jackson combines his experience as an actor, songwriter, producer and musical artist to create a career path that is boundless in scope and richly textured with layers of possibilities.

“A lot of my musical and acting experiences come from the church because my mom was heavy in the church and I used to try to join her on the choir and they would let me sing,” he said, a thespian in his own right.

Malcolm "Dolo Pierre" Jackson delivers range as a multi-talented songwriter, producer, actor, musician and performer.

Malcolm “Dolo Pierre” Jackson delivers range as a multi-talented songwriter, producer, actor, musician and performer.

Citing reggae legend Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley and iconic entertainer Michael Jackson as his two greatest influences musically, Jackson strives for range in his music.

“I’ve done reggae, hip-hop, R&B,” he said, while explaining that all of the artists represented by the label “take pride in writing our own lyrics.”

Malcolm "Dolo Pierre" is looking forward to releasing a full album early in 2016.

Malcolm “Dolo Pierre” is looking forward to releasing a full album early in 2016.

Jackson, whose musical talents gained an audience when he participated in the chorus in elementary school and the band in middle school, said that being raised in a household with ‘musically inclined’ parents made a huge impact on his sensibilities.

“Music developed naturally and soon I wanted to record,” he said.  As he continues to follow his heart, Jackson said that he plans to release an EP of “all original music early in 2016,” and strives to achieve the taste of success, which, for him, is “the look on everybody’s faces telling me that nobody has any question about my talents.”

Kristine "Phresh" Walker is the lone female on the label and she cherishes her role as a deep thinker.

Kristene “Phresh” Walker is the lone female on the label and she cherishes her role as a deep thinker.

Kristene “Phresh” Walker, 26, spent the first seven years of her life in the Bronx before relocating to Atlanta, Georgia, where the other members of the label gradually transitioned.

“Once we all came down to Atlanta, it solidified what we were trying to do,” Walker said, describing herself as a thinker.  “I think a lot and I want to bring a lot of thought back into music because back in the day it was more about lyrics and I’m trying to bring it back to that and integrate the message back into music and the rhythm,” she said.

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Walker, whose musical interest was awakened at age 13, also performed in church as a child. A solid artist, who sees her role as akin to Lauryn Hill with the Fugees, is striving to awaken “a more conscious and cultured element to the current crop of music, like Erykah Badu and Missy Elliott.”  For her, being a member of the Street Roc family is comforting.

“The team plays a big part because us being together pushes me to create something that never existed before,” she said. As she continues to promote her mixed tape, “Loud Silence,” which debuted in April 2015, she is also busy working on new music. “Being able to influence others and have a say, gives me a high and pushes me forward,” she said.

Lavar "Stiff Tha Godz" Stiff, is creative and entrepreneurial, a solid combination for success.

Lavar “Stiff Tha Godz” Stiff, is creative and entrepreneurial, a solid combination for success. As he promotes his mixed tape “High Times,” he utilizes concepts he learned while completing all but one semester in undergraduate studies in Business Administration. He hopes to complete his studies soon.

Lavar “Stiff Tha Godz” Stiff, 28, another of the label’s co-founders, was enthralled when he first saw Tupac Shakur having a merry time on MTV in his classic Dr Dre-produced hit “California Love,” followed by a video by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

“When I saw Tupac in ‘California Love’ I knew I wanted to be a rapper. He inspired me and MTV opened up a new gateway for me,” said Stiff, who was 8 years old at the time. “I started acting like I was on stage, like I was performing.”

Once the music bug hit, Stiff began to formulate a plan to make his dream become a reality. But he realized that he was also interested in the business side of the music industry so he enrolled in college and completed three and a half years of a degree in business administration.

"High Time" is an ode to marijuana and its impact on society.

“High Times” is an ode to marijuana and its impact on society.

“As far as entrepreneurship, I was influenced by Master P because he came from nothing to become one of the first Black millionaires just from doing rap. I’m an artist. I write music, I rap and I helped put the label together by forming the foundation,” Stiff said, while explaining that he has a lot of different things that he would like to accomplish, including learning to play the guitar. “For the future, I’m interested in film, movies and incorporating them into the musical aspect, like Michael Jackson and his long-form videos,” he said.

For a fledgling musical entrepreneur who did not grow up around much musical influence, Stiff nonetheless developed an eclectic taste for music and an admiration for genres including reggae, hip-hop, old school R&B, Rock & Roll and Blues by the incomparable B.B. King and Muddy Waters. Yet, Stiff celebrates marijuana each chance he gets and lauds the herb on his recent EP, “High Times,” which was released on September 23 2015, at https://soundcloud.com/stiff-tha-godz/sets/high-times.

Devon "D.O.C" Riley, the youngest member of the label, is eager to make his mark in the industry.

Devon “D.O.C” Riley, the youngest member of the label, is eager to make his mark in the industry.

The youngest member of the group, Devon “D.O.C” Riley, 21, looked no further than two hip hop legends as a template for inspiration.

“Nas and Jay-Z influenced me because they are able to express themselves and the way they deliver their lyrics, they have something to say,” he explained. Riley developed an ear for music from his father, who is a DJ. “I was exposed to music at a young age. I felt the music. I used to be more on the reggae side but as I grew I dabbled into different types of music because I don’t want to be put in a box. My focus is to get people to understand both types of music—-reggae and hip hop,” he said, pondering the musical landscape.

 

Gotham City is DOC's take on the nuances and mysteries of New York City lifestyles.

“Gotham City” is D.O.C’s take on the nuances and mysteries of New York City lifestyles.

Riley, who is very interested in scary movies and hopes to find ways to integrate that interest into his music, is currently savoring success with his new song “Gotham City,” which is available on iTunes.

“People have different views looking out on the world. Music is the way people express themselves and I’m working on a project on duality, to use music to explain everything,” he said.

Alexander “Spazz’ Momon, 26, rounds out the crop of label mates, who function like family by nurturing each other’s independent projects while collectively investing in the success of the label as an entity.

Alexander "Spazz" Momon, is refining his compilations so that he can release his full album on November 1, 2015.

Alexander “Spazz” Momon, is refining his compilations so that he can release his full album on November 1, 2015. His single, “Bon Jour Mary” appears on the “High Times” EP.

“We all went to high school together and we have different styles. My musical style is more energetic and technical, like Busta Rhymes, Eminem and DMX,” he said. After careful thought, Momon, who also holds down a job so that he can pay his bills while building his musical career strategically, explained that he has “been influenced by pioneering rappers such as Kool Moe Dee and LL Cool J.”

“My dad put me on to them and Wu-Tang Clan and my mother used to work in the music industry,” he said, revealing that when he first heard Rhymes’ “Dangerous,” at age 11, he was so captivated by the animation and high-octane flow that he would sneak home early from school to listen to the song over and over. Like his label mates, Momon is hard at work compiling an EP.

“My mixed tape will be ready on November 1 but I recently released the single “Bon Jour Mary” on the “High Times” EP,” he said. As he charges full speed ahead with his musical career, Momon has one objective: “I want people to understand the struggle, the triumph and the love for music,” he said.

As the multi-talented entertainers on the Street Roc Label LLC pour their efforts into a distinctive musical repertoire, they create individual projects and bring new artists along the journey to prominence. While they contemplate organizing a Street Roc tour, the label mates expect to soon hear the sweet sounds of success reverberating from coast to coast and across the globe, as they finally get their career recognition and financial rewards.

Learn more about this prolific, dynamic group of musicians and what’s next in their careers at StreetRocMusic.comOnPointPress.net

Pope Francis tackles issues that resonate with the masses

Pope Francis greets a multi-ethnic group of five children on the tarmac in New York City.

Pope Francis greets a multi-ethnic group of five children on the tarmac in New York City.

There has been a palpable air of excitement even for non-Catholics as Pope Francis mingles with the populace on American shores and addressed concerns that span generations.

President Obama greets Pope Francis.

President Obama greets Pope Francis.

Speaking on the White House lawn during a welcoming ceremony, the Pope evoked the words of iconic Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when he said it was time to collect on the unpaid “promissory note.”

Pope Francis takes pictures with worshippers in Washington D.C.

Pope Francis takes pictures with worshippers in Washington D.C.

Addressing Congress, Pope Francis tackled climate change, immigration, poverty, homelessness and the importance of being kind to one another. He also referenced King’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, 50 years ago, while Rep. John Lewis applauded

At St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, he talked about the scourge of priests and other Catholic officials sexually molesting and preying on vulnerable children.

Pope Francis addresses Congress.

Pope Francis addresses Congress.

And all the while, the Pope has made it abundantly clear that his heart belongs to the common man. He has chosen to ride around in a tiny Fiat, blanketed by enormous SUVs that make up his security detail.

The Pope is flanked by an impenetrable security detail in New York City.

Pope Francis is flanked by an impenetrable security detail in New York City.

The Pope has blessed believers, charmed children, talked with dignitaries while making his message of love, compassion for others and humility the focus of presentations.

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As Pope Francis continues with his US trip, his mere presence provides a soothing reminder that religious leaders who take an oath of service need to focus on tending to their flock, rather than being seduced by the trappings of power.–OnPointPress.net.

Jamaican delegation to participate in UN General Assembly

Hon. A. J. Nicholson will lead Jamaica's delegation to the UN General Assembly.

Hon. A. J. Nicholson will lead Jamaica’s delegation to the UN General Assembly.

Kingston, Ja, Sept. 23: Senator the Honourable Arnold J. Nicholson, QC, minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade leads the Jamaican delegation that will participate in the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Minister Nicholson heads a delegation which includes Ambassador Sheila Sealy-Monteith, under Secretary for the multilateral affairs division, Nicholette Williams, assistant director of the international organizations department and staff at the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the United Nations in New York, which is helmed by  Mr. Courtenay Rattray.

Jamaica's Ambasador Courenay Rattray.

Jamaica’s Ambasador to the UN, Courenay Rattray.

The UNGA session, which started on September 15 and will conclude in December, has special significance this year as the organisation will be celebrating its 70th anniversary. Importantly also, this year’s UNGA will see the adoption of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development – the successor agreement of the 2015 millennium development goals, which expires end of year.

The Honourable Minister will address the UN summit on Friday, September 25, during a ceremony to mark the adoption of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. He will also deliver Jamaica’s policy statement to the General Assembly in the plenary debate on October 2.

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Jamaica will also participate in high level meetings such as: the meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the Group of 77 and China; the ministerial meeting of the Alliance of Small Island States and the ministerial meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). Other issues of particular importance to Jamaica include: international economic cooperation; Small Island Developing States; climate change and environmental governance; promotion and protection of human rights; debt sustainability; development cooperation; crime prevention and criminal justice; the advancement of women; and the protection of the rights of children.

After the UNGA General Debate, Minister Nicholson will represent Jamaica in Chile at “Our Ocean Conference,” a forum for discussing new voluntary commitments to help protect and preserve our ocean, scheduled for October 5 and 6.–OnPointPress.net-

Carey Gabay, Gov. Cuomo’s aide, has died after Labor Day shooting

Garey Gabay, First Council for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was shot in the head and seriously hurt in pre-West Indian Day Carnival shootout.

Garey Gabay, First Council for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was shot in the head after being caught in a gang-related crossfire  in pre-West Indian Day Carnival. He died on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

By Carmen Glover

Attorney Carey Gabay, 43, the accomplished son of Jamaican immigrants, and an aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, lost his valiant battle for his life on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

Gabay was hospitalized in a coma on Labor Day after he was shot in the head when rival gang members shot in a crowded street of pre-parade revelers. Gabay, who, with his wife, was expecting his first child, succumbed to his injuries and will never experience the joy of seeing his child smile. He was declared brain-dead and subsequently taken off life support.

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His distraught family issued a detailed statement, which appears in full below:

“We are saddened to announce that after an arduous week, Carey Gabay, our husband, son, brother, uncle and friend, has been declared brain-dead as of late Tuesday,” the statement read. “There are difficult decisions we will face in the coming hours and days as our family struggles to process what this means for us. We ask that our privacy be respected during this difficult time.

“Many have come to know Carey through professional life, but he is also a kind-hearted and selfless soul who has touched the spirit of everyone he’s met. His zest for life speaks volumes.

“Carey has been fighting bravely surrounded by the loved ones to whom he has brought so much joy with his jovial nature, generosity of spirit and enduring smile.

“Our family is grieving that a man in the prime of his life who has impacted so many lives could be struck down by such a callous act. Carey embodies the American story. A son of Jamaican immigrants, he rose from Bronx public housing to earn an undergraduate and law degree from Harvard and then went on to a distinguished career as a lawyer in private practice and well-respected public servant.

“This is a nightmare that’s shaken our resolve and tested our faith. As we continue to try to make sense of this tragedy, the family would like to extend its thanks to all those who have supported us. We also extend a special word of thanks to the doctors and staff at Kings County Hospital Center.

“We ask that anyone who may have information related to the criminal case contact law enforcement as they conduct their investigation.–OnPointPress.net–

 

 

Are sororities, fraternities defined by hazing, death, and cover-up?

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Chun ‘Michael’ Deng, a student at CUNY’s Baruch College, was hazed to death by fraternity members at a rental property in the Poconos.

The announcement that up to 37 members of the Asian fraternity Pi Delta Psi will be charged in the murder of Baruch College freshman, Chun “Michael” Deng 19, offers little solace to his heartbroken family. Deng lost his life when he was beaten by members of the Pi Delta Psi fraternity in a hazing ritual, at a rental property in the Poconos, miles from his college campus of Manhattan, New York.

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On Tuesday, September 15, police officials in Pennsylvania announced a litany of charges, including third-degree murder, assault, hazing and criminal conspiracy. But the fact that the culprits were charged with a gamut of crimes stands as a firm reminder to incoming freshmen at colleges across the nation.

Robert Champion, a member of the FAMU marching band, was hazed to death in pursuit of 'brotherhood."

Robert Champion, a member of the FAMU marching band, was hazed to death in pursuit of ‘brotherhood” in 2011.

At this stage of the college semester, students are settling into their classes, dormitory rooms and cliques. Many are considering pledging to different sororities and fraternities, lured by the ‘bond’ of sisterhood or brotherhood.

But before taking the plunge, it is wise for impressionable college students to conduct extensive research about hazing, many of which occurs covertly or ‘underground,’ which means that although the college, sorority and fraternity leaders verbally state that they do no tolerate the practice, off the record many of them not only support the deadly practice, they participate in the hazing activities themselves.

Victoria Carter, a freshman at East Carolina University, died trying to pledge to the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

Victoria Carter, a freshman at East Carolina University, died trying to pledge to the Delta Sigma Theta sorority in 2010.

Every year, there are reports of college students losing their lives as they blindly try to pledge allegiance to sororities and fraternities for the bond that these groups purportedly provide. And with each death, comes the ritualistic cover-up from the groups’ leaders, as they cowardly try to preserve the reputations of their groups, at the expense of their innocent victims. So before you are lured by the alleged glamour associated with joining a fraternity or sorority, conduct extensive research on hazing deaths: It could save your life–OnPointPress.net.

James Blake calls for firing of NYPD thug officer James Frascatore

James Blake makes media rounds.

James Blake makes media rounds to discuss how he was manhandled by thug NYPD officer James Frascatore and call for the officer’s firing.

By Carmen Glover

Making the rounds on various media outlets this past Saturday, retired tennis ace and Harvard-educated family man James Blake made it clear that he was mulling a lawsuit against the NYPD and wants thug officer James Frascatore, 38, of Long Island, fired.

Hot-headed NYPD Police Officer James Frasatore.

Hot-headed thug NYPD Police Officer James Frascatore.

Blake said Frascatore should be fired for his use of excessive force, failure to identify himself, failure to read Blake his rights and general failure to exercise proper judgment in falsely tackling and body-slamming Blake to the ground at the Grand Hyatt hotel in mid-town Manhattan on the evening of Wednesday, September 9.

James Blake being body slammed by an overzealous undercover NYPD officer.

James Blake being body slammed by overzealous , thug undercover NYPD officer James Frascatore, who has a spotty record of numerous Civilian Complaint Review Board reports and pending court cases for excessive force, failure to identify himself as an officer and false arrests.

Stating that Frascatore’s actions “hurt” him and his family, Blake made it clear that the apologies extended to him by New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton were inadequate, though he described them as being ‘nice gestures.’

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“He doesn’t deserve to ever have a badge or gun again,” Blake said of Frascatore, while citing the cases that are pending in court against the thug officer for use of excessive force and the four reports that were made against the officer to the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Aug 28, 2013; New York, NY, USA; James Blake (USA) in his match against Ivo Karlovic (CRO) on day three of the 2013 US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 28, 2013; New York, NY, USA; James Blake (USA) in his match against Ivo Karlovic (CRO) on day three of the 2013 US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Frascatore was among a group of five officers who were performing a sting operation in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt hotel on Wednesday, designed to catch perpetrators of a credit card fraud ring, when he arrested Blake, who was waiting for transportation to the US Tennis Open and corporate events. After a retired officer recognized Blake and told the clueless Frascatore that he arrested he wrong man, Frascatore failed to document the false arrest, leaving Commissioner Bratton to learn about the matter by reading the expose in the New York Daily News.

Former tennis star James Blake discusses his mistaken arrest by the New York City Police Department during an interview, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in New York. Video surveillance released Friday of the mistaken arrest shows a plainclothes police officer who has a history of excessive-force complaints grabbing Blake by the arm and tackling him to the ground. (AP Photo/Bryan R. Smith)

Former tennis star James Blake discusses his mistaken arrest by the New York City Police Department during an interview, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in New York. Video surveillance released Friday of the mistaken arrest shows a plainclothes police officer who has a history of excessive-force complaints grabbing Blake by the arm and tackling him to the ground. (AP Photo/Bryan R. Smith)

The true criminal culprits, meanwhile, Jermaine Grey 26, and James Short, 27, of England, were arrested without incident and without the use of excessive force. Blake has vowed to “use my voices a catalyst for change” to bridge the divide between the police force and communities of color. Blake is a product of an inter-racial union between a Black father and a white mother–OnPointPress.net

 

James Blake’s false arrest bolsters claims of Blacks as police targets

Retired tennis star James Blake was falsely arrested and physically assaulted by overzealous NYPD cop who refused to identity himself while working undercover.

Retired tennis star James Blake was falsely arrested and physically assaulted by overzealous NYPD cop who refused to identity himself while working undercover.

Poised and self-assured, retired tennis star James Blake has shared his harrowing experience of being aggressively body-slammed on a Manhattan side-walk outside his hotel and falsely arrested by an undercover police office who refused to identify himself.

The police officer was part of a group of undercover officers who zeroed in on Blake while he lounged in the hotel waiting for his ride to the Tennis Open. Saying that he initially planned to keep quiet about the embarrassing incident, James said he changed his mind after discussing the matter with his wife, a publicist.

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Blake, who left Harvard early to pursue his professional career in tennis, rose to the rank of fourth in the world before retiring from the sport after the U.S. Open in 2013. While in New York from his home is San Diego, California, to enjoy the festivities at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Blake was arrested by NYPD undercover officer James Frascatore, who was seeking to apprehend a criminal for allegations of credit card fraud.

James Blake being body slammed by an overzealous undercover NYPD officer.

James Blake being body slammed by James Frascatore, an overzealous undercover NYPD officer, who has reportedly had four complaints made against him in a five month span, for use of excessive force.

While NYPD Police Commissioner and New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio  have issued apologies, the renegade cop, who has had four complaints lodged against him by the Civilian Complaints Review Board, has not. Meanwhile, Blake has made it clear that he wants more, particularly to ensure that Blacks who lack the resources and name recognition that he has, can also be assured of recourse when police run amok. In a statement Blake said:

“Extending courtesy to a public figure mistreated by the police is not enough,” Blake said he plans to “use my voice to turn this unfortunate incident into a catalyst for change in the relationship between the police and the public they serve. For this reason, I am calling upon the City of New York to make a significant financial commitment to improving that relationship, particularly in those neighborhoods where incidents of the type I experienced occur all too frequently.”

Aug 28, 2013; New York, NY, USA; James Blake (USA) in his match against Ivo Karlovic (CRO) on day three of the 2013 US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 28, 2013; New York, NY, USA; James Blake (USA) in his match against Ivo Karlovic (CRO) on day three of the 2013 US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Bratton quickly dismissed race as a motivating factor in the arrest, stating “I don’t think race was a factor. The rush to put a race tag on it, I’m sorry, that’s not involved in this at all.” But Blake, speaking to the New York Daily News on Wednesday, after the incident begged to differ.

“In my mind, three’s probably a race factor involved, but no matter what, there’s no reason for anybody to do that to anybody,” he said, explaining that he was standing in his hotel lobby after just finishing answering questions from a reporter and responding to text messages, when he saw the person in shorts running towards him. James said he smiled, thinking it was someone who he attended school with in the past.

Hot-headed NYPD Police Officer James Frasatore.

Hot-headed NYPD Police Officer James Frascatore.

For countless Black men and women across the country, police brutality, whether it’s illustrated by use of excessive force and false arrest as in Blake’s case, or unprovoked murder of unarmed citizens like Eric Garner and Sandra Bland, the pain and fear are real. Blake said when he was being held on the floor of the hotel lobby he said to the officer: “I will cooperate fully with you but do you mind telling me what this is all about, I think you have the wrong person,” but the discourteous, poorly trained officer told him to keep his mouth shout, to which Blake replied “I’m scared.”

It is a blessing that Blake was not murdered and that he lived to tell the tale, but for far too many African-Americans the outcome is a dead body and police officers covering up their dastardly deeds. In fact, Bratton said no report was filed about Blake’s arrest and that, as the commissioner, he learned of the incident by reading the Daily News.

James Blake tells his story to Robin Roberts on Thursday morning.

James Blake tells his story to Robin Roberts on Thursday morning.

Blake has vowed to speak out more about the issue, and, speaking to ABC’s Robin Roberts on Thursday, he said: “I’d like an explanation for how they conducted themselves because I think we all need to be held accountable for our actions, and police as well.”

It is hoped that Blake’s experience will result in meaningful police reforms, but it’s unlikely that much will change because the cycle has become all too predictable: police misconduct, public outcry, words are issued to placate the masses and then another person is assaulted or murdered while Blacks scream and ask: When will it stop?

In the meantime, Frascatore has been stripped of his badge and gun, and placed on desk duty. However, just from this incident alone it seems that kicking him off the force is the only practical solution. He is not a good representation of any police department and New York City certainly does not need another hot-headed, impulsive cop on the force as it tries to fight its well-earned reputation of being a cadre for racist, irresponsible and abusive police officers.–OnPointPress.net.–