Blake says that Frascatore should be fired.
I don’t think this person should ever have a badge or a gun again…I don’t think it’s too much to ask…I think that that kind of police officer tarnishes the badge, which I have the utmost respect for and I believe that the majority of police officers do great work and they’re heroes. So this person doesn’t ever belong in the same sentence with the heroes that are doing the right kind of police work and keeping the public safe…I’m sure this isn’t the first time police brutality has happened and I’m sure it’s not the last time. So I want them to apologize to the people that this happens to that don’t have the same voice that I have.”
NYPD releases a video of Blake’s arrest, that shows an undercover officer tackling him outside a midtown Manhattan hotel earlier this week. In the minute-long video, Blake doesn’t resist and doesn’t appear to the see the plainclothes officer rush him. Blake statement:
The officer tackled me to the ground, handcuffed me, paraded me down a crowded sidewalk, and detained me for ten minutes before he and his four colleagues realized they had the wrong man. The officer … did not identify himself as a member of law enforcement, ask my name, read me my rights, or in any way afford me the dignity and respect due every person who walks the streets of this country. And while I continue to believe the vast majority of our police officers are dedicated public servants who conduct themselves appropriately, I know that what happened to me is not uncommon.