James Blake, a former tennis star, was tackled and detained/arrested earlier this week for ‘looking like a black guy’ the police were after. It was the latest example of the NYPD’s blatant disregard for law and civil rights.
According to Blake, the cop who arrested him slammed him down to the ground, causing him to suffer at least one laceration and several bruises. He called the ordeal terrifying.
As it turns out, Blake had every reason to be scared. The out-of-control cop is none other than Officer James Frascatore. He’s relatively new to the NYPD, having served only four years on the job. However, during his four years, he’s racked up at least four different lawsuits for excessive force and false arrest. In addition, he’s had at least five complaints lodged against him with the Civilian Complaint Review Board.
According to the NYPD, Officer Frascatore is currently assigned to ‘desk duty’ and his shield and gun have been taken away. He’s scheduled to meet with Internal Affairs next week to see if gets them back.
My question is why now? Why does it take a rogue cop violating the civil rights of a well-to-do man, before anything is done?
In May 2013, Frascatore was one of four officers who attacked and repeatedly pepper-sprayed a Queens man inside a St. Albans bodega for no apparent reason – a man that was later released with no charges. (If you’re keeping track, this is twice the dirty cop has been caught on video, violating the civil rights of a citizen) Officer Frascatore allegedly kept the $200 in cash that he retrieved from the man.
Officer Frascatore’s brutality against minorities isn’t a coincidence, it’s a pattern. In 2013, Officer Frascatore brutalized Warren Diggs after stopping him on his bicycle. Diggs tried to go inside to get his ID when Frascatore punched him in the head so hard, he reportedly fell to the ground. He was then pepper sprayed. Additionally, when Diggs’ wife moved his bicycle inside the house, Frascatore arrested her for ‘tampering with evidence’. You can listen to the audio of that arrest by clicking here.
Officer Frascatore is a pathetic excuse for a cop and, in my opinion, a human-being. Please express your opinion on the situation by contacting the NYPD using the links below.