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Footage Of Former Tennis Star James Blake Mistaken Arrest Makes For Unsettling Viewing

Footage Of Former Tennis Star James Blake Mistaken Arrest Makes For Unsettling Viewing
By Conor O'Leary Updated

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpaRmNwJs9Y

American tennis player James Blake used to be the fourth ranked player in the world. But the story that he was wrongfully arrested after a case of mistaken identity. Blake was waiting for a car outside of New York's Grand Hotel when he looked up and saw a man charging at him. Blake says he didn't try to run, but was bodyslammed onto the ground without the police officer identifying himself.

Even though Blake had no idea what was happening, he kept his cool and said that he recalled telling the cop:

I'm going to to whatever you say. I'm going to cooperate. But do you mind if I ask what this is all about?

It turns out that Blake had been mis-identified as the suspect in a big fraud case, and was only released when an officer back at the police station recognised him. Naturally, Blake wasn't pleased with how things happened, and the video above seems to back up his story.

You’d think they could say, ‘Hey, we want to talk to you. We are looking into something. I was just standing there. I wasn’t running. It’s not even close (to be okay). It’s blatantly unnecessary. You would think at some point they would get the memo that this isn’t okay, but it seems that there’s no stopping it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niR0xHfnzNo

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Police Commissioner William Bratton said that the suspect that police were searching for looked like "the twin brother of Mr Blake".

[Irish Examiner]

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