Video released by the NYPD shows tennis star James Blake being tackled by police outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.
In the video, Blake is seen resting up against the entrance to the Hyatt when suddenly an officer tackles, pulls him to the ground and handcuffs him. The incident was due to a case of mistaken identity, police said.
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Investigators released the video Friday afternoon, and had this to say:
“The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau interviewed James Blake last night," NYPD Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis said in a statement Friday. "The NYPD is releasing video footage from the September 9th incident outside of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan. A copy of the video was provided to Mr. Blake’s attorney. The investigation is still ongoing.”
New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton apologized Thursday for the incident. NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Blake looked like a man wanted in connection to identity theft and credit card fraud.
“If you look at the photo ... it's a reasonable likeness to Mr. Blake,” Boyce said. “They look like twins.”