It has now been a few days since the an overly aggressive NYC Police Officer tackled innocent former tennis star, James Blake, and cuffed him for 15 minutes. This was a case of mistaken identification and yet it still does not sit well with most who hear this story. A picture of the intended suspect, who resembles Blake, has also surfaced yet that has absolutely nothing to do with how Blake was treated.
From the Associated Press:
“I don’t think this person should ever have a badge or a gun again … I don’t think it’s too much to ask … I think that that kind of police officer tarnishes the badge, which I have the utmost respect for and I believe that the majority of police officers do great work and they’re heroes. So this person doesn’t ever belong in the same sentence with the heroes that are doing the right kind of police work and keeping the public safe.”
James Frascatore, the plainclothes officer in question, has been named in a number of civil rights lawsuits where excessive force was alleged. He has also been the subject of at least four civilian complaints. This time he may have gone too far. With the current climate centering around abuse by cops and the high profile nature of his most current victim, James Blake, I’m pretty certain that Frascatore’s days are numbered. I still think that Blake should sue in order to shed more light on an issue that is very prevalent in our society today.