New York: A surveillance video released by New York police shows former tennis star James Blake being slammed to the ground and handcuffed by an undercover officer.
This CCTV image shows James Blake (blue shirt) being slammed to the ground and handcuffed by undercover cop James Frascatore on September 9. Pic/AFP
Blake is seen caught by surprise as he is casually leaning against a beam outside his hotel, according to the minute-long video released by the NYPDon Friday.
It appears to confirm Blake's account of the rough actions taken by the officer. Blake, who is biracial, said he was detained for 15 minutes and suspects a "racial factor" was involved in his brief detention. Police denied race was a factor, insisting it was a case of mistaken identity.