New York City police officer James Frascatore, who manhandled retired tennis star James Blake last week, has a history of excessive force complaints, including at least three filed against him with the Civilian Complaint Review Board in 2013, reports the New York Times. The reports showed a pattern of residents claiming they were detained without explanation and mistreated despite complying. Some lawyers and residents criticized the police department for not punishing him before he was involved in another rough arrest. In 2012, one man said, Frascatore pulled him over for a broken taillight, opened his car door and punched him three times in the mouth, unprovoked. Another New Yorker said Frascatore punched him in the stomach several times outside a bodega and called him a racial epithet.
Last Wednesday, Frascatore wrapped an arm around Blake’s neck and threw him to the sidewalk after mistaking him for a suspect in a credit card fraud investigation. A surveillance video of the incident prompted the city to strip the officer of his gun and badge. Blake said he was “determined to use my voice to turn this unfortunate incident into a catalyst for change in the relationship between the police and the public they serve.” He called for the city to make “a significant financial commitment.” Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton noted the city's $29 million investment in retraining police officers.