Retired tennis star James Blake was tackled to the ground outside of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York on September 9th by a plainclothes police officer.
Was it racial profiling? Blake, once a nationally-ranked tennis player, was waiting for a car to take him to the US Open when, he says, a plainclothes officer charged at him and tackled him the ground, writes The Gothamist.
Police Commissioner William Bratton insists that the tackle was not an example of racial profiling. The plainclothes officer has been placed on “modified assignment,” according to a statement released early this morning by the NYPD.
Blake was handcuffed for 15 minutes, while five officers reportedly held him against the outside of the hotel.
The officers were allegedly looking for a suspect involved in an investigation into fraudulently purchased cellphones, and “mistook” Blake for that individual.
Security footage released by the New York City Police Department on Friday confirms the incident.
After the 15 minutes in handcuffs, Blake was released.