James Blake, who at one time was the fourth ranked tennis player in world, has this to say about what New York City cops put him through: “It shouldn't have happened.”
But it did. On Wednesday morning, as he waited for a car outside the Grand Hyatt to take him to the U,S, Open, he said was set upon by one cop who tackled and cuffed him during an identity theft investigation.
He was held by the officer -- and four others -- until a sixth cop in the area vouched for him.
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All five arresting officers were white. Blake is black and he believes his skin color had something to do with how harshly he was treated.
Early Thursday, the NYPD said one of the cops has been reassigned as the investigation ordered by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton continues.
“Subsequent to Internal Affairs investigators viewing surveillance video of the incident at the Hyatt Hotel on Wednesday, September 9, involving James Blake, one officer has been placed on modified assignment” the NYPD said “The investigation is ongoing."
Blake spoke to reporters outside the hotel, which is right next to Grand Central Terminal, late Wednesday.