Cop in arrest of tennis pro describes getting death threats

July 31, 2018 - 6:00 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City police officer who tackled retired tennis player James Blake in a mistaken arrest outside a Manhattan hotel in 2015 says he and his family have been getting death threats.

Officer James Frascatore (fras-kuh-TOHR'-ee) had made the remarks during his second departmental trial connected to the incident. He had testified Tuesday that he was just following orders.

Frascatore had been penalized 10 vacation days in his first departmental trial last fall, but the police commissioner overruled that recommendation and docked him five days. Blake says the punishment was too light.

The second trial was initiated by allegations that Frascatore participated in the investigation and leaked a longer videotape of the incident to the media.

Frascatore's lawyer says the NYPD overreacted to the incident.

Prosecutors say he broke departmental rules.