Former tennis professional James Blake wanted an apology from the New York City police after his was arrested for mistaken identity. From a video just released, James Blake was thrown to the ground and then handcuffed by an NYPD officer Wednesday at a Manhattan hotel.
Police said undercover investigators were probing a theft ring that uses fraudulent credit cards to make cellphone purchases use a deliveryman to deliver the packages, and that deliveryman has been helping law enforcement by identifying suspects in the ring.
On Wednesday, he pointed out Blake as a suspect in the ring as Blake was standing outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel on East 42nd Street, police said.
James Blake was leaning against a pillar, waiting for a car to take him to Flushing Meadows, when an undercover officer took him to the ground.
Update: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William J. Bratton issued apologies on Thursday for the rough arrest of James Blake. “This shouldn’t have happened,” the mayor said, “and he shouldn’t have been treated that way.” “I want to apologize to him on behalf of the City of New York,” he told the NY1 anchor Errol Louis, adding, “It is a reminder of why we have to continue to make reforms.”
VIDEO: Top Cop Apologizes to Former Tennis Star James Blake