James Blake

Former tennis star James Blake was on his way to watch the U.S. Open in New York when he was detained and arrested on Wednesday.

Blake, a former #4 ranked tennis player, was tackled to the ground and cuffed by overzealous NYPD officers outside the 4-star Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Officers were investigating a credit card ring who used stolen credit cards to purchase cell phones and had them delivered to the Grand Hyatt.

A delivery man pointed out 2 black men -- one of whom was Blake -- to police.

Blake, who is mixed race, was tackled and pushed against a wall by police. He was cuffed and detained for 30 minutes until a NYPD detective told the cops who Blake was.

Blake, 35, said the officer who tackled him didn't tell him why he was being arrested. "I'll tell you later," he quoted the officer as saying. Blake added that the plainclothes officer did not identify himself.

The officer was placed on administrative duties (desk duty) and stripped of his gun and badge until the investigation is completed.

The other 5 officers who were with the arresting officer are also under investigation by Internal Affairs.

The NYPD claims Blake's arrest was a case of mistaken identity. They said the man they wanted could have been Blake's twin.

Commissioner Bill Bratton called Blake's arrest "very disturbing."

“He has a right to be upset about it,” Bratton said Wednesday night.

During a press conference on Thursday Bratton said he reviewed the video footage of the arrest.

"Mr. Blake was inappropriately detained. Mr. Blake had no role or involvement in the criminal investigation that we were conducting."

Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio both attempted to reach Mr. Blake by phone, but Blake refuses to take their calls.

“It’s been a very hectic and crazy day,” Blake told The NY Post after his arrest.

  • aRoth

    How unfortunate. Why was a delivery man just pointing out folks? Why does it take 5 to 6 officers to arrest one man (this small)? Why aren't these "EYE" witnesses being reprimanded for bad eyesight?

  • aRoth

    How unfortunate. Why was a delivery man just pointing out folks? Why does it take 5 to 6 officers to arrest one man (this small)? Why aren't these "EYE" witnesses being reprimanded for bad eyesight?

  • Jen_n_juice

    Good thing he has a lil celebrity status left or he would've lost his life

  • Jen_n_juice

    Good thing he has a lil celebrity status left or he would've lost his life

  • Jen_n_juice

    Right! So many questions with no answers

  • Jen_n_juice

    Right! So many questions with no answers

  • OpinionHated

    Sick of these stories - they just make me angry and I don't feel like there's a damn thing I can do about and frankly I doubt that the legislature does anything about it either...

  • OpinionHated

    Sick of these stories - they just make me angry and I don't feel like there's a damn thing I can do about and frankly I doubt that the legislature does anything about it either...

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    This is how they operate...Im sure if one of them hadn't recognized him they would have "found" something on him..smh

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    This is how they operate...Im sure if one of them hadn't recognized him they would have "found" something on him..smh

  • SpillyNillie

    Police: What did they look like? Were they black?
    Delivery Man: Yes.
    Police: Show me!!
    Delivery Man: *points* them two right there. (points out the first two brothers he sees)

    SMH.

  • SpillyNillie

    Police: What did they look like? Were they black?
    Delivery Man: Yes.
    Police: Show me!!
    Delivery Man: *points* them two right there. (points out the first two brothers he sees)

    SMH.

  • Bootcampgirl

    Police brutality and injustices have been going on for years...sad

  • Bootcampgirl

    Police brutality and injustices have been going on for years...sad

  • Bootcampgirl

    What I would like to see is this "twin" suspect, I'm sure he looks nothing like dude..

  • Bootcampgirl

    What I would like to see is this "twin" suspect, I'm sure he looks nothing like dude..

  • Ruby shine

    The Klan in blue strikes again. Smh! ?

  • Ruby shine

    The Klan in blue strikes again. Smh! ?

  • SpillyNillie

    Or he would've be resisting arrest or assaulting an officer which caused them to discharge their firearm....

  • SpillyNillie

    Or he would've be resisting arrest or assaulting an officer which caused them to discharge their firearm....

  • Bootcampgirl

    I'm glad the detective knew who he was because I didn't until this came up...

  • Bootcampgirl

    I'm glad the detective knew who he was because I didn't until this came up...

  • SpillyNillie

    Again? Tuh, more like forever and always...

  • SpillyNillie

    Again? Tuh, more like forever and always...

  • SpillyNillie

    You know they say all black people look the same in a yt person's eyes

  • SpillyNillie

    You know they say all black people look the same in a yt person's eyes

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I would love to see the suspect who they claim is a dead ringer for James Blake ?

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I would love to see the suspect who they claim is a dead ringer for James Blake ?

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I just said that lol

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I just said that lol

  • iWasteTime

    Tuh!!
    And did he get a damn receipt!?!?!

  • iWasteTime

    Tuh!!
    And did he get a damn receipt!?!?!

  • Bootcampgirl

    And how the damn delivery man know about some credit card ring to point out two "suspects"

  • Bootcampgirl

    And how the damn delivery man know about some credit card ring to point out two "suspects"

  • Bootcampgirl

    Speaking of, have any of ya'll seen Bling Ring

  • Bootcampgirl

    Speaking of, have any of ya'll seen Bling Ring

  • iWasteTime

    This morning he said he wasn't even recognized by the cops.
    he told them to check his pockets and they did and ran his license and they saw his credentials at that time for the US Open and knew they phucked up

  • iWasteTime

    This morning he said he wasn't even recognized by the cops.
    he told them to check his pockets and they did and ran his license and they saw his credentials at that time for the US Open and knew they phucked up

  • Jusstlookn2

    IKR

  • Jusstlookn2

    IKR

  • my view

    I can say so much about this but I won't because some people think the police has the right to do what they want when they want

  • my view

    I can say so much about this but I won't because some people think the police has the right to do what they want when they want

  • Klassy 1

    AmeriKKKa at it's finest

  • Klassy 1

    AmeriKKKa at it's finest

  • ShelbyMoore

    Funny part is this guy isn't even black.

  • ShelbyMoore

    Funny part is this guy isn't even black.

  • Bootcampgirl

    Damage control time..

  • Bootcampgirl

    Damage control time..

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    The other 5 officers who were with the arresting officer are also under investigation by Internal Affairs.

    ___________
    Like Blake said on GMA this morning, "imagine what happens to people that don't have his resources"

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    The other 5 officers who were with the arresting officer are also under investigation by Internal Affairs.

    ___________
    Like Blake said on GMA this morning, "imagine what happens to people that don't have his resources"

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    "Blake, who is mixed race, was tackled and pushed against a wall by police."

    ??You love pointing out the dilated blood line, as do many others in our divided community? Yet, as with the mixed race teen that was shot and killed by police earlier this year...And even with his Mother and Uncle preaching All lives and how race was not a factor...No charges were filed. Blake is Black, no matter how much nor how little, cops see a big dîcked nîgger who threatens their livelihood. You know that @SandraRose Hopefully it never happens to you. The whole I'm from across the pond, Obama is the anti Christ card won't cut it?? Agreeing with them is not enough. Pledging a blood oath is not enough. Either dead or in jail...And this year has taught us that the Negroe female is definitely not immune?

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    "Blake, who is mixed race, was tackled and pushed against a wall by police."

    ??You love pointing out the dilated blood line, as do many others in our divided community? Yet, as with the mixed race teen that was shot and killed by police earlier this year...And even with his Mother and Uncle preaching All lives and how race was not a factor...No charges were filed. Blake is Black, no matter how much nor how little, cops see a big dîcked nîgger who threatens their livelihood. You know that @SandraRose Hopefully it never happens to you. The whole I'm from across the pond, Obama is the anti Christ card won't cut it?? Agreeing with them is not enough. Pledging a blood oath is not enough. Either dead or in jail...And this year has taught us that the Negroe female is definitely not immune?

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Blake, 35, said the officer who tackled him didn’t tell him why he was being arrested. “I’ll tell you later,” he quoted the officer as saying. Blake added that the plainclothes officer did not identify himself.

    -_________
    This is illegal as well. You have to tell people what they're being arrested for (Sandra Bland knew this and called out that sorry azz officer) and you have to identify yourself if you're not in uniform. Now what if Blake would've started shooting because technically someone off the street attacked him?

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Blake, 35, said the officer who tackled him didn’t tell him why he was being arrested. “I’ll tell you later,” he quoted the officer as saying. Blake added that the plainclothes officer did not identify himself.

    -_________
    This is illegal as well. You have to tell people what they're being arrested for (Sandra Bland knew this and called out that sorry azz officer) and you have to identify yourself if you're not in uniform. Now what if Blake would've started shooting because technically someone off the street attacked him?

  • Queen Negus

    Off topic. Speaking of tennis. Did y'all see the Forbes tweet about Maria Whatsherface being the best (WHITE my word) MARKETABLE TENNIS player during the Sisters Williams Game? Black Twitter let Forbes have it. It was so funny!!! Serena beat her 50/11 times.lmao

  • Queen Negus

    Off topic. Speaking of tennis. Did y'all see the Forbes tweet about Maria Whatsherface being the best (WHITE my word) MARKETABLE TENNIS player during the Sisters Williams Game? Black Twitter let Forbes have it. It was so funny!!! Serena beat her 50/11 times.lmao

  • SpillyNillie

    The fact that the NYPD viewed him as black shows that all they see is color. Biracials are viewed as black. In thier eyes he was a "high yella" ninja.

  • SpillyNillie

    The fact that the NYPD viewed him as black shows that all they see is color. Biracials are viewed as black. In thier eyes he was a "high yella" ninja.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    yes and they dragged that azz too. Holly Robinson Peete tweeted "@ Forbes shhhh the top rated player in the world is playing" lmao

  • aRoth

    The Negroe female is the groundbreaker. I always say that I bet there wouldn't be as much hate toward Obama if his WIFE was of a lighter hue.

  • 1/8

    I have a cousin who looks like Jennifer Beals. She got into a disagreement with one of the white lawyers at her firm and he called her a "black witch."

    As far as some people are concerned, if you have the slightest hint of color in your skin, you're black.

  • Bootcampgirl

    Not funny but a "black witch" though...

  • SpillyNillie

    I kept telling these people...

  • SpillyNillie

    I keep telling these people...

  • askquestions

    Is it just me, or does he look like the type who has denied his black half, only to have an experience like this to remind him no one ever forgets your black "half"??

  • Chitsngiggles

    I would have would have responded "you damn right, I'm a voodoo queen, dont let me cast a spell on your cracker ass"
    White people fear us so bad, its unreal.

  • Bootcampgirl

    They having the press conference for the Freddie Gray trial at 1, I'll be in group so can someone do some updates..TIA

  • Bootcampgirl

    Yeah, it's just you..

  • 1/8

    Sometimes, police don't have the luxury of making a polite and formal introduction when apprehending a suspect.

  • Bootcampgirl

    when you are plain clothed, you should make it your business to identify yourself...

  • 1/8

    Yep, interesting choice of words, but that's what he said.

  • scentsychick30

    For credit card fraud?guess the black suspects were packing more then plastic?

  • aRoth

    Speaking of NYPD, blacks and tangled eye witnesses. My brother became a millionaire off NYPD. He was wrongfully pointed BY A NYPD COP, tried and sentenced. Served 7 years of a 10 year sentence. He was released because THE COP wrongfully ID'd him. They found the perpetrator but he couldn't be convicted because the statute (sp?) of limitations had run out. Sh!t is REAL!

  • Bootcampgirl

    Wooww

  • Just Keya

    40 comments...let me go read because I already know...

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    and its the LAW otherwise someone can and will get hurt. You cant just walk up to people and tackle them, that shyt will get you killed

  • askquestions

    Well. You just got proven wrong. :]. Enjoy your day

  • Bootcampgirl

    Right, it was a credit card ring, not a murderer, robber, rapist, etc...

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Okay! Eyewitness testimony has lead to several wrongful convictions

  • Bootcampgirl

    Bloop, my bad...LMAO

  • THE OLDER SISTAH

    They never do.

  • Sexy CJ

    .......................

  • 1/8

    By formal introduction, I meant they may not immediately tell a suspect why he or she is being detained.

    Furthermore, how do we know the officers didn't identify themselves during the takedown?

  • Prettyreddbone?

    Yes, I am a biracial and high yella as u stated and I know what I am viewed as. I knew he was biracial because at first he didn't want to believe it was about race. I know he feels differently now. Im sorry this happened to him but his arrest is shedding light on a systemic problem in the NYD.

  • Just Keya

    I wonder what the police department will do now, seeing as how he is a celebrity. Had this had been a regular guy, no one would of cared. Just foolishness.

  • 1/8

    Officers are killed during routine traffic stops. Never underestimate a potential criminal.

  • SpillyNillie

    Maaaaan, I hate your brother an your family had to endure that. But imagine how many black men this has happened to and continues to happen. Did you see the story about the 5 black teenage boys that admitted to rapping the female jogger in NY and were convicted and sentenced. Then the real rapist admitted to the crime, DNA backed up his story, but they still said the 5 boys did it. Didn't want to let those poor kids out. SMH

  • 1/8

    Before anyone turns this into a racial issue... the arresting officer might be black.

  • Just Keya

    That may be true, but there is still a procedure that has to go on. And tackling people who are NOT evading the officer is not it. They will be sued.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    And that means what?...

  • SpillyNillie

    He shouldn't feel differently though. However he views himself is his right. Unfortunately for him, despite his mixed race, many, including the police will see him as a black male. I have plenty of biracial family members and while the majority of them view themselves as black a couple do not. It's their choice to make...

  • 1/8

    That all depends on what the officers were told. If they had information the suspect was potentially armed or had a history of violence, then their seemingly excessive force may have been warranted.

  • Just Keya

    Not a damn thing.

  • Just Keya

    For credit card fraud?! Come on. Be serious.

  • SpillyNillie

    I don't think they received thattype of MO during this case. They apparently didn't know who the suspects were. They were looking for stolen cell phones not bank robbers...

  • Chitsngiggles

    And that's even fukking worse. Black cops are the worse. Haven't you seen Boyz In the Hood. The get a badge and forget they are black.

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    lol..i sometimes wonder why you let him suck you in everytime...lol

  • Just Keya

    Thank You. Just making sorry excuses for the dag on cops.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I am amazed by the number of police apologists. Maybe not amazed...intrigued is probably a better word. In one breath, without knowing the "full details" of a story they will provide you with 101 scenarios as to why the police officers action "may" have been justified, but in the same breath they will condemn you for jumping to conclusions.

  • Chitsngiggles

    Jesus Christ. that's sooooo messed up. 7 years of his life GONE. Punk ass cops.

  • Just Keya

    Why not. Pure entertainment sometimes.

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    lol...yea sometimes..most of the times..its just sad..lol

  • SpillyNillie

    You behaving today Whitty?

  • Just Keya

    Sad that I get sucked in..or sad because that's really how they think? YES to both! IMO. LOL

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    nicely so, spilly....nicely so....***sips***

  • 1/8

    It means he wasn't targeted or treated roughly, because he's half black.

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    LMAO...the latter babe....

  • Just Keya

    Girl...

  • Blaque Mahogany

    This shows the depth of your ignorance about racism and systematic discrimination/prejudice. Have a good day though.

  • Prettyreddbone?

    You misunderstood what im saying, i meant at first he didn't want to believe it was about race, being biracial myself I hate to believe ppl are racist but after this happened and analyzing the situation im sure he now believes his race did play a role in him being arrested.

  • BillieGean

    Lies. There is no other suspect. Show the picture....if you are not lying. Mr. Blake could have lost his life. He could have permanent injuries. He is an athlete. Lawsuit.

  • 1/8

    Once, I called the cops on an Asian business owner after she became aggressive and belligerent with me. Two cops showed up: one white and one black.

    The black cop, without getting any of the facts, immediately took the shop owner's side.

    For some reason, the white cop stepped in and told the black cop to wait outside. The white cop listened to my side of the story, interviewed the shop owner, and then determined I was right.

    I also had a black cop pull a gun on me, claiming I fit a suspect's description. The person they were looking for was a 13 year old black boy with a dark complexion. At the time, I was 24 and I have fair skin, greenish gray eyes, and curly/wavy hair.

    I'm definitely not saying this behavior is indicative of all black officers, but those are my experiences.

  • 1/8

    I'm part black, of course I have experienced systematic discrimination and prejudice. I simply try not to let racism distort my perception, without getting all the facts.

  • 1/8

    The article says: "Officers were investigating a credit card ring who used stolen credit cards to purchase cell phones and had them delivered to the Grand Hyatt."

    Maybe the officers were tracking this group's activity. Maybe those stolen credit cards were obtained during violent armed robberies.

    Sorry, I'm the son of a retired homicide detective. I process information differently.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I'm not talking about your experiences. But for the record, hypo-sensitivity is just as bad as hypersensitivity. Some would argue it's worse.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I feel the only reason why this is news is because he is a celebrity. This mess happens everyday to common folk. I would like to see his "twin". If he exists I wouldn't doubt if he was wider, shorter, and three shades off like on Good Times when JJ got hemmed up.

  • 1/8

    Weighing all the facts before rushing to judgment, doesn't mean you're "hypo-sensitive" to an issue... it means you're sagacious.

    These days, everyone naturally assumes the cops are wrong and the suspect is always a victim. I was merely presenting the other side of the argument. ?

  • starr79

    I remember this it happened in Harlem I still to this day don't understand what made her go jogging in Central Park that time of the morning especially back then...smdh...not saying she deserved it....Donald Trump wanted those kids DEAD!!!!

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    ...and rightfully so.

  • Renee Bee

    Preach on! Reality is a mutha!

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Not trying to be funny, but it sounds like a lot of things get added also.

  • Jusstlookn2

    offtopic - This lady had her cavity searched for mar Jo Wanna, but she ain't have none. Said told......

    (CNN)A woman says a sheriff's deputy in Texas stripped her naked in a gas station parking lot and administered a cavity search of her genitals because of suspicions she was in possession of marijuana.

    "It was embarrassing, degrading," Charnesia Corley told CNN's Don Lemon on Thursday. "I felt low, I felt helpless." said she felt raped. How sad.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Your ability to opine the less popular perspective does not speak to your discernment or judgment. Or maybe it does...

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    There's another one too. I forget het name. But they have always said Sharapova has the girl next door look. I guess it all depends on your neighborhood.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Ding! Ding! Ding! I knew you had some connection to law enforcement.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    ? What is it ?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Good question. Take him down too.

  • 1/8

    I don't base my opinions on popularity. I base them on my experiences and sound judgment.

    Unless there is video (including audio), along with details regarding what the officers knew about the suspects, it's extremely shortsighted to assume the officers did something wrong.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Unfortunately, it happens everyday everywhere.

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    ??I remember JJ's faux dopleganger? James Blake admitted his celebrity plays a factor in this. He said what about people who don't have his resources, his celebrity. which is a great question! He also is playing the this is not about race card. He says it's about abuse of power. A famous White person asked then why does this not happen to prominent White people, ever?? We know, and the person who asked knows that race is always a factor. James has to play the role I suppose. He's never been one to have Black handlers, Black friends. Remember he was fighting with a White male tennis player over a White woman they both banged...His wife is White, he's been a groomsman in several White folks weddings...So yeah, but the White man has a way of showing you...Reminding you. I'm glad that he's mad and demanding justice, but it seems more of an entitlement thing, not an this if for all the brothas that this happens to thing? But attention brought to this is a good thing for us??

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Reminds me of that episode on Good times when JJ got arrested...mistaken identity!

  • TaylorFinallyMadeIt

    I would not answer their calls either! #talktomylawyer

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Okay?...?

  • Sincerity7

    "I'll tell you later"? Um - no sir. Might as well pulled a "mama move" and said "cuz I said so".

  • SpillyNillie

    Wait, what?? I don't think that's legal...

  • SpillyNillie

    Donald Trump?

  • 1/8

    Yes. Dad, sister, cousin, and two ex-boyfriends... but that doesn't mean my point is invalid.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I said that! ?

  • Bootcampgirl

    by any means, in a gas station parking lot...

  • Jusstlookn2

    Of course it's not, not being funny, it's not even legal to have sex in a parking lot. So you not for cops to search you kibbles and bits. Disgusting of them.

  • SpillyNillie

    Daaammmnnnn...IDK...I think I would have made headlines cuz he would've gotten some resistance from me...

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    They need to pay up too. Get this woman some therapy while they're at it.

  • Bootcampgirl

    FR

  • Jusstlookn2

    @bootcampgirl:disqus - You are correct, arrest her and take her to the station, how humiliating. I hope she bankrupts the city. I would stay at the therapist office. Nightmares, wetting bed...loud outburst...I would have all kinds of symptoms.

  • SpillyNillie

    His arse just wanted to get in her whoo ha LITERALLY

  • Jusstlookn2

    I'm sure she would have, but she wanted to live through the experience. If she resisted they may have killed her. You gotta think on your feet and be quiet, when you outnumbered with men with guns.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    No one said that you should base your opinions on popularity. You completely missed the point.

    An assumption is an assumption. You assuming that the police did nothing wrong and presenting a litany of excuses/reasons justifying their behavior is no different from someone else discussing all of the ways in which their behavior may have been outside of the legal bounds. Get it? Your opinion (or sound judgment as you like to call it) is not superior to any other individual's.

  • Bootcampgirl

    If it was a dude, he in extra trouble, ain't no way a male officer supposed to be doing a cavity search on a woman. Here, if a woman comes in, she will sit in receiving until a female staff member is available..

  • Bootcampgirl

    True dat, that's just gross misconduct...

  • Jusstlookn2

    That's not funny, is this FR?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Ain't no way. I know it would've been headlines. Most likely she went with the flow in order to not end up hurt or dead.

  • SpillyNillie

    Now you have to submit to being sexually assaulted by the police in order to preserve life?!?!?! This ish getting outta control!

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I just said this. Truth.

  • Jusstlookn2

    You would have resisted?

  • 1/8

    Yes, you have a valid point.

  • GuestSTAR

    Wow, SMH and they wonder why..................

  • SpillyNillie

    Given my background, yes, in some form. I would have walked around in circles and asked 101 different questions asked for a lawyer etc (an attempt to stall). I wouldn't have been violent tho...which probably wouldn't matter...the thought of having to allow something so horrid is hard for me to grasp

  • Blaque Mahogany

    It's not.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Sooooo they did this just out in the open?

    I hate Don Lemon.

  • Jusstlookn2

    Yeah, maybe 10 years ago. But with all the recent killings of unarmed folks. I would have asked for a Supervisor and called 911 and maybe the news station. But in some of those situations you can't even get to your phone. So many variables and I do understand and agree. I rather be alive to tell the story. So unfortunate and scary.

  • aRoth

    It's in the write-up. Did you read it? I'm tellin Sandra! LOL Yes, it said a delivery man pointed him out. They said that 4 other officers were in trouble. Maybe I skimmed wrong. :yeshrug:

  • Felicia Smith

    fuuk the police fire there azz glad they didn't choke him NY police good for that

  • Felicia Smith

    yes and delivery man need his azz beat

  • 1/8

    Please explain.

  • SpillyNillie

    I'm trying to figure out how the delivery man knew the suspects? was he delivering the phones? if the police know where (room) the phones were being delivered why didn't they do a sting operation or something? did the suspects come down shortly after the phones were delivered? sounds like they were eager to arrest without doing their due diligence.

  • blogdiz

    yep

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I didn't understand it myself. I guess the delivery man claimed he delivered the package to him specifically. Idk but these criminals are stupid and so are the cops. I mean someone is having a courier hand deliver cell phones that were purchased using stolen credit cards and the police STILL managed to arrest the WRONG perpetrator. Clearly there was a plain clothes officer there. Why didn't he just take the package and deliver it himself. No offense but stories like these make it very evident that most cops do not have basic reasoning/deductive skills. This is retarded.

  • Wendy Jones

    yes he is

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Cuz we all look alike. Wesley Snipes could've been the culprit and sprites will still describe him to look like Blake. We don't all look alike. We don't. That had to be an humiliating experience.

    Who was that guy typing all that stuff about blacks on SR blog last week? See this is an example of what I was trying to get him to see. A black guy minding his own business, "doing the right thing," and still got cuffed. How about approaching him with some questions first. The delivery man is one of the men you're looking for, FYI.

  • missmiami305

    They would have to pay me. Dude better pull the race card......then again he light skinned so

  • missmiami305

    I totally agree. To YT folks we all look alike. I forgot the dude name but I remember the convo.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    I keep telling y'all the black cops treat us worse than the white cops. I've gotten warnings from white cops when pulled over. The black cops have been more likely to just write a ticket than the white cops. Facts. I think it's a case of them knowing they can't harass the schit outta whities so to "do their job," they take it out on other blacks.

    Only one black cop didn't give me a ticket, but it's the same idiot I told y'all about who came flying outta nowhere behind me down Montreal Rd in Clarkston. You would've thought I just robbed a bank and fleed. If speeding is the crime, how are you going 60 up the block I was just doing 50 on? Right.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Yep, they are. Luckily, it's no wide spread reports of black cops killing innocently black people yet, but trust me; they harass their own race as much as the other cops.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Cuz the delivery man is in on it.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    yep, just a guy with a badge and the inkling that most people don't know their basic rights when stopped or approached by an officer. Couple that with men being men and their egos. I would like to know the female officers POV. The women who actually work in the streets.

    Are they automatically coupled up with a guy vs another woman? Like, we haven't heard any cases of female officers harassing anyone or being involved in wrongful death suits. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, I'm saying we don't hear about it.

  • 1/8

    I've had some bad experiences with black cops, too. Some of them were overly aggressive and refused to listen.

    Truthfully, the only time I encounter black officers is when I venture to the south side of Chicago.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Ur so brave. I'm from the south side of Chicago. I should have known it would get to the Chiraq status. I mean, when I was in school as a kid, it was nothing to hear gun shots a couple blocks over or gang fights break out in PE class or the lunch room. All out war. I cant bring myself to going back to Chicago.

    Topic: Yes, way too aggressive. I don't expect a pass cuz we're both black, but dude, ur over doing it.

  • DiNero

    You know he is about to get paid, he has the money to lawyer up properly, it is why they are trying to get out in front of this with all these statements, if it was some nobody they wouldn't have given a shit, and just told him to have a good day.

  • brooklyn23

    They should all be fired. Plain clothes and dont identify yourselves? ANd you arrested him based on what? smh

  • TheRealLee

    Mistaken identity? Mistaken for thug? No. It was an automatic for them. This is called conditioning. We are being conditioned to accept police brutality on black people. Pure and simple. It's the gestapo all over again except the victims are not Jewish. Ask Jews how shit started in Germany. It was a slow climb. I hope he sues them.

  • brooklyn23

    you and me both. I stopped watching tennis since the andre aggasi days

  • THE OLDER SISTAH

    ^^^^^^^^^

    This right here. You have always had rogue NYPD cops but now it’s like the agency has went
    out of their way to hire people with book smarts (debatable) instead of street smarts. Their only experience with non -white people comes from what they have been told. In addition a lot of them would be sh*tless in a non-life threatening situation without their gun.
    Add to it the disrespect they have displayed not only for citizens but for authority in general. Years ago, if they had turned their backs on the
    mayor (Cops turn back on De Blasio incident) they would have been investigated and
    or fired.
    Anyone who was a cop would not have had the nerve to wear a shirt in defiance of public opinion and expect to keep their job. Some of them would
    have thought it, but to be out right blatant in your disrespect for the public would not have been tolerated if only because it brought heat to the entire police department. NYPD needs a do over and quick.

  • TheRealLee

    Police typically shoot dogs in raids because their owners are being arrested and they are being protective. This doggy is having none of that.

  • 1/8

    I was born and raised in Hyde Park. I love the south side, but it certainly has its risks.

    When I was a teenager, I went to visit a friend who lived in the projects near 51st and Federal. I was about to leave when all he11 broke loose!

    My friend called 911 and the operator said, "Why are you calling me, don't they do that everyday?"

  • Sassy24

    I live on the south side guess I'm brave too.

  • missmiami305

    I hope so. Don't give them a pass. Especially the cop that didn't apologize for throwing him on the ground. Shid they gone learn today....hehehe

  • starr79

    yep the Donald wanted their heads on a stick

  • Use_Coasters_aka_Sol_88

    If they were tracking the group's activity, shouldn't they have had a better description of the individual(s)?...

  • TooMunch

    God forbid him being Black, because he's of "Mixed Race." *rolls eyes*

    Note:
    They're not giving you a pass for that mixed race chit.

  • Use_Coasters_aka_Sol_88

    Mr. Blake said they didn't.

    & judging by the statement Commissioner Bratton gave, they were at fault.
    Which includes identifying yourself as an officer while in plainclothes.
    This is during detaining and/or an arrest, this is the law.

    FYI my brother's father is a cop & a damn good man, but wrong is wrong.

  • ShelbyMoore

    Interracial is black now? What about his other half? He's just not gonna claim it?

  • ???

    I saw this foolishness on the news this morning so it's as real as it gets .

  • ???

    Fkn exactly?LYIN mf's!

  • 1/8

    Just because you are tracking a group's activity, doesn't mean you have a definitive description of the suspects.

    It means you have a series of crimes that appear to be related, because of the way the crimes are carried out or because of the area where the crimes occurred.

  • ???

    Hmmmm where have I seen that name b4? Oh yea on other sites trolling for a mixed race debate . .don't sweat the technique .

  • ???

    You mean the nicca wake up moment?? Yea possibly !

  • ???

    I bet if they get blasted on a few times they'd somehow obtain it then.

  • Use_Coasters_aka_Sol_88

    So they didn't have a clear description, yet arrested him without telling him why or letting him know they were officers.
    Got it.

  • ???

    Showin out fo' massa

  • side_i

    ......

  • ???

    Oh If it isnt, wasn't or has never been about race before it damm sho gon be at $CHECK$ time..#bet

  • 1/8

    How do you know for certain the officers didn't identify themselves as law enforcement? Are you simply taking the "victim's" word as truth?

    According to the article, a delivery driver identified him as a suspect. I'm guessing the driver delivered merchandise that was paid for with a stolen credit card, one of the suspects signed for the delivery, and driver thought he looked like the suspect.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    U know it.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    You're even more brave living there. I tell my friends from school that all the time. I miss Chicago, but could never move back there. Jeffery, Yates, Stoney Island, Euclid, 71st to 79th, Kenwood, Hyde Park. Awwwwwwwwh the good memories. I tell my nieces and nephews all the time how we, as kids, literally walked from Kenwood area to the Museum of Science & Industry all the time during the summer. We were shorties exploring the city, ha, so we thought. But it was so much fun back then.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    LOL I swear I'm just reading this one. Y r u calling me? Too funny, until you're in that situation. Cabrini Green and Ida B. Wells??? Uh uh, we knew not to eff with folks from those two 'jects.

  • the guest

    I see the city strategized that there was no way to spin this against Mr. Blake and arrived at the proper decision to admit their wrong and apologize. They will settle with him out of court with ease.

  • Sassy24

    Yup and not be messed with. These crack babies are ruining it.

  • 1/8

    I was shocked! According to my friend, that 911 operator's attitude was typical.

  • 1/8

    They have released the suspect's photo and this was an honest mistake. There is definitely a resemblance.

  • BlameItOnVanity

    that was disturbing, esp. the unnecessary use of force. He should sue their arses, send them a message that the treatment he received was inhumane! Anything & everything they can do to a non-white citizen they do & get away with by hiding behind the badge.

  • Use_Coasters_aka_Sol_88

    & that suspect still had the right to question why he was being arrest.

  • 1/8

    They have released a photo of the suspect, and just as I suspected, this was a honest mistake. Blake resembles the suspect.

  • 1/8

    When was the suspect denied his right to ask questions? Furthermore, Black was detained, not arrested. There is a difference.

  • Use_Coasters_aka_Sol_88

    Did you read the write up, serious question?...

    "Blake, 35, said the officer who tackled him didn’t tell him why he was being arrested. “I’ll tell you later,” he quoted the officer as saying. Blake added that the plainclothes officer did not identify himself."

    Detained, arrested when Blake asked why he was being arrested, that officer should have answered. Period.

  • 1/8

    You said he was denied his right to ask questions. Blake asked a question; so, obviously his right to speak was never denied. Furthermore, the article indicates the arresting officer agreed to tell Blake why he was being detained, but not at that particular moment.

  • Use_Coasters_aka_Sol_88

    He had the right to know why he was being detained/arrested.

    "When Blake asked why he was being arrested, the plainclothes officer should have told him why."

    At that moment, he should have told him why.
    I asked my step father (cop) & he said the officer should have answered when he was asked.
    Not "I'll tell you later" right then, he should have told Blake why.

  • 1/8

    There is a New York law that states police must explain why you are being ARRESTED, but that law does not apply to subjects who are detained. If a cop detains you, he or she is not legally obligated to explain why.

  • Use_Coasters_aka_Sol_88

    They are legally obligated to state they are officers if they are in plainclothes.

  • stanhope

    Oh shade. #4 ranked player staying in a 4 star hotel? You could have let that go. The Grand Hyatt is hardly 4 star by the way. On 42nd street it's a 3 star convention hotel. The police fascists have no justification for this yet they are probably laughing about it and no consequences will come to them. Another police criminal with a needle dick on the streets trying to be Rambo while a transsexual gives him relief in an alley. What a man!

  • stanhope

    That's ridiculous...there is a very simple answer...he is Black!

  • stanhope

    Angela, Stokely and H. Rap knew what to do.

  • 1/8

    In the cases argued before the supreme court, the court disagreed with the argument that plainclothes officers are legally required to identify themselves as police officers, prior to detention or arrest.

    However, I did find information that suggests, per the NYPD patrol guide, plainclothes officers must identify themselves upon REQUEST, which isn't the same as announcing you are a cop prior to detention or arrest.

  • Mo’nie

    I'd sue

  • Use_Coasters_aka_Sol_88

    So NYPD is allowed to tackle civilians without explain why?
    Now if this is so, why did the commissioner apologize for their actions?

    If it's completely legal, why did the Mayor try to reach out to Mr. Blake as well?

  • 1/8

    They are apologizing because they roughed up a celebrity; someone with access to the media, someone who can afford a good attorney.

  • Use_Coasters_aka_Sol_88

    They're apologizing because they're wrong as well.

  • WiserWords2

    Paper cuts can be lethal.

  • WiserWords2

    The odd thing is he/she claims to be unbiased.

  • WiserWords2

    I remember that case well. I think there's a movie or documentary about it called The Central Park Five.

  • WiserWords2

    I don't know whether to laugh or cry at this.

  • WiserWords2

    The problem is that everyone naturally assumes the cops are right even when their versions of events are questionable.

    Here is some interesting news though, with the proliferation of cellphone cameras, the number of police brutality complaints which have been substantiated have increased (14% to 21). I'm speaking specifically of NYC. I suspect other cities are experiencing the same thing.

  • Just Keya

    lmao. Yup. Sure do. lol

  • Parisjok

    why was the real crook who was white when they arrested him not thrown down to the ground and treated worst than an animal like the biracial ex tennis player was? I really hope he sues. I really do

  • NMusic

    The sad part is if someone had not recognized him as being famous then he would have been another statistic .

  • Ebel24000

    They are biracial, and it's wasn't that they viewed him as black, the just saw him as the same color as the other guy they were tracking. And tbh the two guys look a like. A lot of biracials in my opinion look alike. The same with white people.

  • Ebel24000

    Despite his mixed race???? What do black people not get about white people, they hate everyone not white. So any biracial thinking they're special to wp will be sorely mistaken, because this could have happened to two slightly similar Asian males or 2 slightly similar latina males because wp think other races look alike. Wp only care for other whites.

  • starr79

    yep there is its called the central park 5