Tennis Star James Blake Settles Excessive Force Battle Against NYPD

Retired tennis star and NYPD make a deal to create a legal fellowship that investigates police misconduct.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

James Blake has resolved his excessive force case against the New York Police Department. According to the NYTimesthe retired tennis star was roughed up police during an arrest. Blake and the NYPD have settled by creating a legal fellowship in Blake's name that will investigate police misconduct.

In September 2015, Blake was mistakenly arrested by the police, who thought he was a suspect in a credit card fraud ring case. A surveillance video caught an officer roughly tackling the athlete to the ground. The false arrest was never reported until Blake spoke out.

Officer James Frascatore was found to have used excessive force, according to the Civilian Complaint Review Board, an independent agency for police misconduct. He is working on a deal with the review board in lieu of going to trial.

The newly-created review board will focus on educating citizens and already includes four outreach workers who attend community meetings. Blake will remove a claim he filed against the city of New York as part of the agreement. The city will also pay around $175,000 to cover travel costs and legal fees to Blake.

As the Times shares, 37-year-old Blake was once ranked No. 4 in the world in singles tennis.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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