The NYPD officer who tackled former tennis pro James Blake in 2015 reportedly strikes deal, avoids trial
A New York City police officer that tackled former tennis player James Blake outside a New York City hotel in 2015 reached a disciplinary agreement with the Civilian Complaint Review Board and avoided a trial in the case, reports The New York Times.
The Civilian Complaint Review Board, which investigates and prosecutes accusations of police misconduct, and officer James Frascatore's attorneys were expected to announce the case's resolution, according to The New York Times.
Frascatore faced dismissal from the police force, but it is not known what Frascatore's outcome from the case is.
Blake was outside of the Grand Hyatt New York in midtown Manhattan on Sept. 9, 2015, when Frascatore approached Blake and threw him to the ground. Blake was then handcuffed by Frascatore, who was wearing street clothes.
Authorities later said that Blake was misidentified as one of the suspects in a credit card fraud ring. The suspects were using the hotel as a delivery system for their fraud ring.
Three people were eventually caught and pleaded guilty to grand larceny for their roles in the ring. Each were sentenced to six months in jail, according to the Times.
Blake's incident highlighted tension between the police and citizens of New York, and it brought race-related issues in the city to the forefront. Both New York's mayor and former police commissioner apologized to Blake for their department's actions in the case.