Former tennis star James Blake (pictured) made national headlines back in September 2015 when he was body slammed to the ground and handcuffed by a New York Police Department officer in what was called a case of mistaken identity.
Well, over two years since the disturbing incident, the cop who tackled Blake is not only suing the retired tennis player, but the NYPD as well.
Wait ... what?
Well, the New York Post is reporting that officer James Frascatore will file a lawsuit against Blake, the NYPD, Civilian Complaint Review Board Director Tracy Catapano-Fox and HarperCollins Publishers, which published Blake's book. According to the newspaper, Frascatore, who is white, claims the parties he's suing labeled him a "racist goon" and caved under the pressure of Blake's star power.
And get this ... Frascatore stands by his aggressive tackle of Blake.
“People need to realize that, with the information I had at the time and the circumstances that presented themselves, it was the right call," said Frascatore, who has been on modified duty since the incident, as reported by the NY Post. “I have a family to go home to. I’m on a crowded sidewalk, with a possibly armed suspect in the middle of 42nd Street,’’ the cop said. “You have to take control of the situation. I can’t just be pulling out my gun.”
The 40-year-old cop was doing a stakeout on that September 2015 day in Midtown Manhattan, where he mistook the former tennis player as a suspect in credit card scheme, leading up to the tackle.
Blake, 37, discussed the incident and accused Frascatore of racial profiling in a book he co-authored called Ways of Grace.
Shortly after the incident took place, Blake got an apology from then-NYPD commissioner William Bratton.
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