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Panel: NYPD Officer in James Blake Arrest Used Excessive Force

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By    |   Wednesday, 07 Oct 2015 10:12 PM

The New York City police officer who took down retired professional tennis player used excessive force, the city's Civilian Complaint Review Board has ruled, The New York Times reports. 

The board is an independent agency that investigates allegations of police misconduct, but does not have the final say in the case. It recommended the harshest punishment: suspension or dismissal.

Officer James Frascatore was working plainclothes when he was captured on a security camera tackling the tennis star as he stood outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel on September 9.

The officer mistook Blake for a suspect in a credit card fraud case, but footage of the takedown raised questions from critics about why the officer felt the need to take Blake by surprise and thrown him to the ground when he wasn't suspected of a violent crime and was standing calmly.

Black is biracial, which raised concerns that his race may have played a role in the takedown.

The officer will face an internal Police Department trial, then Police Commissioner Bill Bratton will make the final decision on his fate.

The board also said that Detective Daniel Herzog, who authorized the arrest, abused his authority. For Herzog, the board recommended "command discipline," for which he could lose five vacation days.

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The New York City police officer who took down retired professional tennis player used excessive force, the city's Civilian Complaint Review Board has ruled, The New York Times reports.
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