NYPD Officer Involved in James Blake Arrest Has Been Sued Before for Excessive Force

Former tennis star James Blake being arrested and handcuffed by Officer James Frascatore outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City  NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
Former tennis star James Blake being arrested and handcuffed by Officer James Frascatore outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City
NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

On Wednesday, former tennis superstar James Blake made news when he was tackled by an undercover New York City police officer and taken to the ground, suffering cuts in the incident, which stemmed from mistaken identity in a credit card fraud case.

Turns out that the officer, identified as James Frascatore, has been sued four times in separate ongoing civil cases in which he and other officers are accused of using excessive force during false arrests, the New York Daily News reports.

Frascatore, who has been on the force for only four years, also has had at least five complaints against him with the Civilian Complaint Review Board. According to the Daily News, he has a meeting with Internal Affairs investigators next week regarding the incident with Blake, for which he has been reassigned to desk duty and had his gun and shield taken.

“You only get one bite at the apple at things like this, so they want to get all the facts before they interview him,” a source said, according to the Daily News.

According to the report, Frascatore was hit with his first lawsuit in 2013 regarding a traffic stop. He reportedly pulled over one Queens, N.Y., resident, Leroy Cline, and demanded his identification without saying why.

“He completely ignored me and said, ‘License, registration,’” Cline told WNYC last year. “I said, ‘Officer, what am I being pulled over for?’”

“That’s when he opened my car door and gave me three straight shots to the mouth,” Cline said, according to the Daily News report.

Frascatore, however, in a countersuit, said that Cline attacked him and bit his fist, saying that he suffered “permanent” injuries during the arrest.

The officer was also sued in a January 2013 incident, in which he and other officers allegedly arrested Warren Diggs for riding his bike on the sidewalk. Diggs said that he was pinned to the ground and that officers beat him while he was down, causing a concussion.

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Source: The Root |  BREANNA EDWARDS

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