New York Daily News

Updated: September 22, 2015, 8:39 AM

  

 

James Blake has 'productive' meeting with Bill de Blasio, Bill Bratton about race issues after mistaken NYPD arrest

BY ERIN DURKIN, MOLLY CRANE-NEWMAN, CORKY SIEMASZKO

Retired tennis player James Blake had a “productive” meeting with Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Monday, as city lawmakers weighed a bill to track “problem cops” like the one who tackled the former star in a case of mistaken identity.

Blake, 35, asked for the meeting with the mayor after Officer James Frascatore slammed him to the sidewalk outside a Midtown hotel Sept. 9. Blake was waiting for a ride to the U.S. Open at the time.

The horrific incident was caught on hotel videotape.

“I feel like we made a lot of progress, and we were all pleasantly surprised,” Blake said after a 45-minute volley at City Hall.

“I feel like the whole team, both sides of the table were on the same page, looking to move forward, and turning a negative incident into a positive.”

Blake said the two sides reached common ground on the issue of accountability, a subject under review in the City Council.

Councilman Daniel Garodnick (D-Manhattan) said he will introduce a bill to require the NYPD to launch a system to identify overly aggressive cops for additional training or monitoring.

The program would track excessive-force complaints, the results of Civilian Complaint Review Board investigations and reported incidents of use of force to identify aggressive officers.

“The NYPD needs to intervene faster where there are officers who are prone to excessive force,” said Garodnick.

Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) will sponsor another bill to require the NYPD inspector general to track the results of the “early intervention” system.

But not everyone is a fan.

“This legislation is political grandstanding at its most self-serving and counterproductive,” said Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch.

“Every aspect of a New York City police officer’s career — including the unsworn and frequently retaliatory complaints filed against them — is currently tracked and scrutinized with an intensity that is unequaled in any other job.”

Frascatore, who was placed on desk duty after the incident, is also in hot water after allegedly failing to report the bogus takedown to his superiors.

Blake was tackled by police officers looking to bust a Midtown credit card fraud ring. The actual suspects — Jarmaine Grey and James Short — were arrested later.

The NYPD took action after Blake told the Daily News he had been manhandled by a plainclothes cop outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Blake, who is biracial, said he wants to use what happened to him at the hands of a white cop as a catalyst for the way police officers treat all people of color.

Once ranked as high as No. 4 in the world, Blake retired after the 2013 U.S. Open.

With Shayna Jacobs

edurkin@nydailynews.com