A New York City police officer used excessive force when he tackled former professional tennis player James Blake during an arrest outside a Manhattan hotel in September, according to a city board that reviews police conduct.
In a widely seen security video, plainclothes officer James Frascatore wrapped his arms around Blake and threw him to the ground on Sept. 9. The Civilian Complaint Review Board has recommended internal charges that could lead to Frascatore's suspension or dismissal from the New York Police Department, The New York Times reports.
Police at the time had misidentified Blake as a suspect in a crime they were investigating.
"I want to thank the Civilian Complaint Review Board for their thorough and quick review of the incident during which I was attacked on September 9, 2015," Blake said in a statement. He added, "I have complete respect for the principle of due process and appreciate the efforts of the CCRB to advance this investigation."
The board had notified Blake of its findings in a letter on Tuesday.
The CCRB ruling sets the stage for Frascatore to be tried by the NYPD, according to the New York Post. If he's found guilty, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton would impose a punishment.
Last month, Frascatore was part of a team of officers investigating a case of credit card fraud. They eventually arrested two suspects staying at the Grand Hyatt hotel, where Blake was thrown to the ground. One of those suspects bears a striking resemblance to retired tennis player.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Bratton quickly apologized to Blake, who later said he thought the officer should lose his job.
This story has been updated with James Blake's comment and further details on the complaint process.