James Blake Arrested After Misunderstanding


American James Blake Retired From Tennis in 2013

Retired tennis player James Blake, a former world #4, was slammed to the ground and arrested by five white cops outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.  Blake was on his way to watch the US Open when he was tackled by the plainclothes police officers, who mistook him for a suspect in a identity theft ring operating in the hotel.

Blake said it took 15 minutes to get the situation sorted out and added that there was “probably a race factor involved.”  The NYPD is investigating the use of force in Blake’s arrest.  Blake said he initially didn’t want to speak publicly about the scary event but he felt he had to use his platform to advocate for others who have been arrested after misunderstandings.


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