|NYPD will investigate the grand slam of James Blake.|
Retired tennis star James Blake was mistaken for an identity thief. He tasted concrete after five plainclothes officers saw a Black guy who happens to be like the suspect.
Blake was slammed hard on the ground, handcuffed, and restrained for up to 15 minutes.
He got cuts and bruises from this encounter.
Blake left a Manhattan hotel when the law made this move. This move will have them in freezer pending a cannon firing or disciplinary action.
"It was definitely scary and definitely crazy," Blake told the paper.
A spokesperson for the New York Police Department said detectives were investigating fraudulent purchases of cell phones at the Grand Hyatt in midtown. They set up a sting operation to see who the phones -- purchased on a stolen credit card -- were being delivered to.
|New York Police Department have over 1,400 plains clothes officers in the five boroughs. The actual number or members is classified. They are often handling clandestine investigations.|
"Today James Blake was detained by police in midtown Manhattan in regards to an ongoing investigation into fraudulently purchased cell phones, after being misidentified by a cooperating witness," the spokesman said. "Once Blake was properly identified and found to have no connection to the investigation, he was released from police custody immediately. In regards to the alleged improper use of force, the Police Commissioner directed the internal affairs bureau to investigate."
Asked if this could be a case of racial profiling, Blake told the New York Daily News, "You'd think they could say, 'Hey, we want to talk to you. We are looking into something.' I was just standing there. I wasn't running," Blake told the newspaper. "It's not even close [to being OK]. It's blatantly unnecessary. You would think at some point they would get the memo that this isn't OK, but it seems that there's no stopping it."
"I don't know if it's as simple as that. To me it's as simple as unnecessary police force, no matter what my race is. In my mind there's probably a race factor involved, but no matter what there's no reason for anybody to do that to anybody."
He said he wants the officers to face some sort of punishment "so they know it's not okay to go out there and do this again tomorrow."
A contact listed on Blake's website said the tennis star would likely be making a public announcement on Thursday, but declined further comment.
By the way, Raymond Kelly, the ex-top cop wrote a book about how the NYPD handles business.