Officer James Frascatore was placed on desk duty and had his gun and badge taken away after it was discovered that he tried to cover up his bogus arrest of retired tennis great James Blake. According to the New York Daily News, detectives viewed the surveillance video from the hotel where the arrest took place, and discovered Frascatore’s missteps.
Via NY Daily News:
James Frascatore failed to inform his superiors that he threw Blake to the sidewalk and cuffed him in the mistaken belief that he was a wanted credit card thief, police said Thursday.
It took Blake coming forward to The Daily News with accusations of being manhandled by a plainclothes cop outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel to put the incident on the NYPD’s radar.
“My concern is that after the release there’s department protocols that should have been followed but apparently were not,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. “Mr. Blake has made a number of comments to the press. That’s how we became aware of the matter.”
Frascatore, a four year NYPD veteran who in the past has been accused of using excessive force and failing to identify himself as a cop while making an arrest, was placed on desk duty and had his gun and badge yanked after detectives viewed the surveillance video from the hotel.
“I have concerns about the takedown,” Bratton said.
Bratton later apologized to Blake on behalf of the NYPD, but Blake says he wants something more.
“I’d like an explanation for how they conducted themselves because I think we all need to be held accountable for our actions, and police as well,” he told ABC News.
The Civilian Complaint Review Board has also opened an investigation after receiving a referral from the NYPD’s Internal Affair Bureau, and are very familiar with Frascatore. He had five complaints filed against him as of last year, according to court documents.
Five previous complaints? So…is the NYPD ever going to fire him, or are they just going to let him get back into the field where he’ll repeat this behavior, once again?