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.–