NYPD Releases Video of Officer Tackling Former Tennis Pro James Blake
New York City Police Commissioner says he apologized for the case of mistaken identity.
The New York Police Department released video Friday of the mistaken detainment of former tennis star James Blake.
The surveillance video is almost a minute along and shows a plain-clothes officer throwing Blake to the ground while attempting to handcuff him in front of a Grand Hyatt Hotel on Wednesday.
New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said on Thursday he apologized to Blake for officers mistaking him for the suspect they were seeking.
“I spoke to Mr. Blake a short time ago and personally apologized for yesterday’s incident. Mr. Blake indicated he would be willing to meet with the Internal Affairs Bureau as our investigation continues. Additionally, he said he would be returning the Mayor’s earlier phone call to speak to him. Mr. Blake said he would like to meet with the Mayor and me at a future date, which we would be agreeable to," according to a statement from Bratton.
Blake responded with a statement released Friday.