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NEW YORK (AP) — Former tennis professional James Blake said Thursday that he wants an apology after a case of mistaken identity led police to handcuff him and take him to the ground.

“I’d like an apology,” Blake said on ABC’s “Good Morning America. “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.”

Police Commissioner William Bratton said he’d been trying to reach Blake by phone to apologize but Blake hadn’t responded to messages. He also said his department wants Blake to speak to its Internal Affairs division.

Blake said he was standing outside Manhattan’s Grand Hyatt New York hotel on Wednesday waiting to head to the U.S. Open when he looked up from his cellphone and saw an officer charging him. He said he was body-slammed.

He told officers to check his identification, and he was released. Blake said the plainclothes officer never identified himself.

The officer has been stripped of his gun and badge while the matter is investigated.

Bratton told CNN the man officers were seeking looked like “the twin brother of Mr. Blake.”

A cooperating witness had misidentified Blake to detectives investigating fraudulently purchased cellphones, said Stephen Davis, spokesman for the New York Police Department.

“Once Blake was properly identified and found to have no connection to the investigation, he was released from police custody immediately,” Davis said in a statement.

But Blake said their actions weren’t acceptable.

“I was standing there doing nothing — not running, not resisting, in fact, smiling,” he said.

Blake’s last tournament as a professional was the 2013 U.S. Open, where he lost in the first round of singles and doubles. He was ranked as high as No. 4 in the world and reached three Grand Slam quarterfinals, including at the U.S. Open in 2005 and 2006.

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18 thoughts on “[UPDATE] NYC Police Are Trying To Apologize To Ex-Tennis Pro For Mistaken Identity In Vicious Arrest

  1. ambientbake on said:

    The only thing Blake is entitled to is an apology. He was mid-identified by a witness as someone involved in criminal activity. The police officer acted appropriately had the witness been correct in ID the perp. God Bless the Cops & pizz on the criminals.

    • Timothy Green on said:

      What happened to innocentt till proven guilty?!?! … even if he was the “right guy” how the fuck was that vicious attack justified?! .. some stranger runs up on you & slams you to the ground let’s see how quickly your opinion changes… idiots like you are exactly whats wrong with the world you EXCUSE & JUSTIFY shitty behavior by police… most cops are good & fair that fucker was a THUG plain & simple

      • ambientbake on said:

        You must be fairly clueless as to the workings of the realworld. Cops are frequently forced to contend with dangerous people. Cops must take positive control of the situation – it isn’t always pretty. I tend to give the cops a lot of latitude and give scummy criminals none.

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  4. Don’t know if it was racism, i do know a lot of black men who seem to be confused about what color / race they are seen as are probably shocked that this could happen to a clean cut man with a blond wife . Make no mistake about what you are to them.

  5. reflections on said:

    The police make up the most dishonest, violent street gang in the country. They behave like a gang showing no concern for anyone other than there the other gang member officers. Its sickening how quickly and easily the police routinely endanger, threaten assault and kill human beings with little or no provocation. They are the biggest threat to our security as a country, and are untouchable.

    • ambientbake on said:

      reflections – police are not the greatest threat to you and yours – black men are. God Bless the Cops & pizz on the criminals.

  6. Police Brutality it’s going to far, and they can justify every and anything. Who else can get away with murder the Law enforcement themselves . Now there targeting; Celebrities, Blacks, Light skin, Children, Mental, Homeless, Pregnant, Unarmed Person and the list goes on and on. Can’t wait to see how Whites get affected your next, but there to busy get licensed up for blacks..

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