Former fourth-ranked tennis player, James Blake, says he wants an apology from the New York Police Department after being wrongly accused of identity theft, slammed to the ground, handcuffed and detained. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Tennis star slammed to ground by NYPD
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Former tennis star James Blake was reportedly slammed to the ground, handcuffed and detained for about 15 minutes in New York City on Wednesday before police realized they had the wrong man in an identity theft ring.
“It shouldn’t have happened. It’s just something that we’ll deal with, with the police, and we’ll find out what they have to say internally, hopefully there’s video of it and people can see what happened,” said Blake.
Formerly the world’s fourth-ranked player, Blake said the incident occurred as he was waiting for a car outside a Midtown Manhattan hotel to take him to the U.S. Open.
Blake said that after being shoved to the sidewalk, he was detained by five white plainclothes city police officers. But the New York native, who is black, stopped short of calling it racial profiling.
Police said Blake had been mistakenly identified by “a cooperating witness” as being involved in a ring dealing in fraudulently purchased cellphones. They added that allegations of excessive force would be investigated by internal affairs.
“Once Blake was properly identified and found to have no connection to the investigation, he was released from police custody immediately,” the New York Police Department said in a statement.
Investigators reviewed surveillance video of the incident and one officer has been placed on modified assignment, the NYPD said late on Wednesday.
Blake, who had been scheduled to make a corporate appearance for Time-Warner Cable at the U.S. Open tournament in the borough of Queens, suffered a cut to his left elbow and bruises to his left leg.
Blake said he was telling the story to highlight the issue of excessive police force.