Ex-tennis pro James Blake meets with New York mayor, police commissioner over mistaken arrest

NEW YORK — Ex-tennis pro James Blake has met with New York’s mayor and police commissioner to discuss how he was tackled by a policeman during a mistaken arrest.

Blake describes Monday’s meeting as productive. He says he has confidence Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio (BLAH’-zee-oh) is making changes that will have a lasting impact.


Surveillance video of Blake’s Sept. 9 arrest outside a Manhattan hotel shows the officer charge at him, grab him by the arm and roughly take him to the ground. The officer has been placed on desk duty.

Blake had said the officer should lose his job. Following the meeting he says he understands the officer has rights and he’ll respect the legal process.

Police say Blake was mistaken for a crime suspect who looks just like him.

The Associated Press