James Blake, the ex-tennis star tackled to the ground by an NYPD officer in a case of mistaken identity wants the cop fired — and a meeting with department brass.
“I don’t think he deserves to have a badge,” James Blake said of Officer James Frascatore, who body-slammed the athlete outside a Midtown hotel last week during a fraud takedown.
“I hope he can never do that to anyone else and get away with it,” Blake told The Post on Saturday. “I hope he can never do that again under the shield of the New York Police Department.”
James Blake will sit down with Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton to address Blake’s wrongful arrest.
The officer whose takedown of Blake was captured on surveillance video has been placed on modified duty.
Blake has said the officer should be fired. Both the mayor and police commissioner have apologized for the incident.
Surveillance video of Blake’s arrest on Sept. 9 outside a Manhattan hotel shows the officer charge at Blake, grab him by the arm and roughly take him to the ground. The officer has been placed on desk duty.
Blake, who had been ranked as high as No. 4 in the world and reached three Grand Slam quarterfinals, retired after the 2013 U.S. Open.
He won 10 singles titles, most recently in 2007. Twice he reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open, a hometown tournament that seemed to bring out his best play.
Video footage released by the NYPD shows retired tennis star James Blake being thrown to the ground and handcuffed by an undercover officer outside a Manhattan hotel in a case of mistaken identity