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.
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.
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.’
“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.
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.
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—