Blake, a retired tennis star, told The New York Post on Saturday that he thinks Officer James Frascatore deserves to be stripped of his badge.
“I don’t think he deserves to have a badge,” Blake said. “I hope he can never do that to anyone else and get away with it. I hope he can never do that again under the shield of the New York Police Department.”
Blake previously told Good Morning America that when police body-slammed and handcuffed him after mistaking him for a suspect they used “blatant” excessive force.
While the officer’s badge and gun have been taken pending an investigation, Blake told the Post that’s not enough.
“I know they put him on modified assignment, which is a good first step, but I do think there needs to be more actions taken,” Blake told the paper. “It’s not his first brush with a civilian complaint. I don’t think this is his first time doing this. I don’t think this is one error in judgment. I think it’s a pattern and it needs to be corrected.”
Blake was waiting outside his New York City hotel on Wednesday night for a car to take him to the U.S. Open when he says the plainclothes officer slammed him to the ground.
He said at least four plainclothes cops then detained him for 15 minutes outside the hotel. The NYPD later admitted to the mistake, and said that a man pointed out Blake as someone involved in a cell phone scam at the Grand Hyatt New York hotel.
The NYPD released video surveillance footage of the incident on Friday, showing Blake waiting quietly outside his hotel before being thrown to the ground. The tennis player did not show any signs of resisting.
Frascatore said he identified himself as an officer while approaching Blake, but the athlete denies the account.
“In my opinion he should never have a badge again because I think it’s people like him that give the entire force a bad name,” Blake told the Post.
On Friday, the New York Times reported that Frascatore had a history of excessive force complaints from civlians. However he was cleared of any wrongdoing by the NYPD when they investigated these claims.
Earlier this week, police Commissioner William Bratton said in a statement to CNN that he had reached out to apologize to Blake for the incident.
Despite the situation, Blake said he still has the “utmost respect” for the NYPD, and that “95 percent or greater are doing their job correctly” and “should be considered heroes.”
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