New York - The police officer who tackled James Blake in a
mistaken arrest has filed a defamation lawsuit against the former pro tennis
player and the police department.
Officer James Frascatore (fras-kuh-TOHR'-ee) says city
officials threw him under the bus after video surfaced of the 2015 encounter
outside a Manhattan hotel. He says Blake painted him as an "out of control
and corrupt officer" in his new book, "Ways of Grace."
Police believed Blake was a suspect in a credit card fraud
ring. He was tackled by Frascatore and handcuffed but let go after officers
realised their mistake.
The city's law department said it would review the complaint
but couldn't comment while proceedings were pending. Harper Collins didn't
immediately return a message seeking comment.