NEW YORK (AP) — Former tennis professional James Blake says he wants an apology from New York City police after a case of mistaken identity led to him being handcuffed.
Blake said Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that everyone should be held accountable for their actions, including police.
He says he was standing outside Manhattan’s Grand Hyatt New York hotel on Wednesday waiting to head to the U.S. Open when he saw an officer charging him. He says he was body-slammed and handcuffed.
He told officers to check his identification, and he was released. Blake says the officer never identified himself.
The officer has been stripped of his gun and badge. Police are investigating.
Police Commissioner William Bratton tells CNN the man police were seeking looked like “the twin brother of Mr. Blake.”