NY arrest video shows ex-tennis pro James Blake being thrown to ground

first_imgVideo surveillance released on Friday of the mistaken arrest of James Blake shows a plainclothes police officer who has a history of excessive-force complaints grabbing the former tennis star by the arm and tackling him to the ground.Officer James Frascatore’s rough arrest of Blake outside a midtown Manhattan hotel on Wednesday prompted apologies from New York City’s mayor and police commissioner.Frascatore was the subject of four civilian complaints in a seven-month period of 2013, and he has been named in two federal civil rights lawsuits as being among a group of officers accused of beating, pepper spraying and falsely arresting two Queens men in separate incidents that year.The surveillance footage shows Blake standing against a silver post outside the Grand Hyatt New York when Frascatore approaches suddenly, grabs Blake, spins him around and throws him to the ground.Stephen Davis, the NYPD’s top spokesman, released the video Friday and said Blake was interviewed by internal affairs detectives Thursday night.Frascatore, who has four years on the force and previously worked as a police officer in Florida, was the officer who arrested Blake, a law enforcement official confirmed Friday. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss the case and spoke on condition of anonymity.The official said one of the complaints was exonerated, another dismissed, a third – for refusing to identify himself – was substantiated, and the status of the fourth was unclear.In a statement, Blake said that “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.”advertisementMayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton said in a statement that the city “extends deepest apologies to Mr. Blake” and that both the mayor and police commissioner “stand ready” to meet with Blake.”The incident remains under investigation to determine what contributed to the errors made, who may be held accountable, and what we can learn to prevent these mistakes from being repeated in the future,” they said.Bratton said earlier on Friday that investigators were reviewing the officer’s disciplinary record “understanding that some of those issues were exonerated.” He didn’t elaborate.A number listed for Frascatore, 38, wasn’t in service Friday and a spokesman for his union declined to comment on the claims. Patrick J. Lynch, head of the police officer’s union, said the officer was apprehending “what he had every reason to believe was an individual who had just committed a crime.”He said he regrets any embarrassment or injury suffered by Blake as a result, but the apprehension was made “under fluid circumstances where the subject might have fled, and the officer did a professional job of bringing the individual to the ground.”Frascatore’s four complaints to the Civilian Complaint Review Board, which investigates claims of police misconduct, are more than average for an officer. Three-fourths of the department has two or fewer complaints against them, according to the board’s data. The complaints against Frascatore were first reported by radio’s WNYC.In one of the federal lawsuits, Warren Diggs claims Frascatore and other officers arrested him in the driveway of his own home in January 2013 as he attempted to go inside to get his ID, hitting him on the head so hard he fell down and then pepper spraying him, court papers show. City lawyers are reviewing that case, a spokesman for the Law Department said.Four months later, Stefon Luckey claims Frascatore was among a group of officers who punched him, pepper-sprayed him and hurled racial epithets at him outside a Queens deli, the lawsuit said. Luckey’s lawyer, Philip Hines, said his client texted him after Frascatore’s name became public: “Everything done in the dark eventually comes to light.”Lawyers for the city “are in the early stages of litigation,” in that case, Law Department spokesman Nick Paolucci said.Blake, 38, was arrested after he was misidentified as being involved in a fraudulent credit card scheme that was using the hotel for deliveries, police have said.Blake had been ranked as high as No. 4 in the world and reached three Grand Slam quarterfinals. Before retiring after the 2013 US Open, he won 10 singles titles, most recently in 2007.Twice he reached the quarterfinals at the US Open, a hometown tournament that seemed to bring out his best play.last_img read more

Video: ESPN Aired An Incredibly Emotional Tribute To Chris Fowler

first_imgThe College GameDay crew in Columbus Ohio.ESPN College GameDayAfter serving as the host of ESPN’s College GameDay for 25 years, Chris Fowler has moved on to focus on his duties as play-by-play announcer for ABC/ESPN’s prime time Saturday night games. While Rece Davis should fill in admirably, GameDay definitely won’t be the same. To pay tribute to Fowler, GameDay put together an amazing feature piece, narrated by Tom Rinaldi. After the piece, Fowler joined his old GameDay crew, and Davis, on stage. Things got pretty emotional when Fowler discussed his relationship with Lee Corso, who he spent all 25 years with on the show. He even gave Corso a kiss on the cheek.It is getting a bit dusty in here this morning. We’ll miss you, Chris.last_img read more

Kentuckys Chances Of Going Undefeated Are Now 37 Percent

For the past three weeks or so, we’ve been tracking the odds that the Kentucky Wildcats can pull off a truly remarkable feat: becoming the first men’s NCAA Division I basketball team to finish a season undefeated since Bob Knight’s Indiana Hoosiers did so in 1976. Since the Wildcats just beat the Florida Gators in their SEC Tournament matchup on Friday, we thought we’d update the odds1As a refresher, to compute these probabilities we plug Ken Pomeroy’s Pythagorean power ratings into the Log 5 formula, then simulate both the SEC Tournament and the most likely NCAA Tournament bracket (seeded according to the aggregate bracket projection found at BracketMatrix.com) 10,000 times apiece. to reflect their 32-0 record.Kentucky’s chances of going undefeated still aren’t quite 40 percent, much less 50-50. The Wildcats did enter the Final Four undefeated in about 66 percent of our simulations, but the biggest obstacles to their undefeated bid will likely await them in Indianapolis. Even if they make it to that point unscathed, their probability of joining the Hoosiers among the ranks of the unbeaten would be just a shade over 56 percent.Kentucky may be a mere eight wins away from immortality, but they still have a lot of work left to do. read more

Ancelotti pays tribute to John Terry

first_imgNapoli Coach Carlo Ancelotti has described it an honour to have worked with John Terry in his latest tribute to the former England player following his retirement.Carlo Ancelotti had a successful stint at Chelsea, winning the Premier League and FA Cup in the 2009-10 season before being sacked the following summer after a trophyless campaign.Last night his skipper for those occasions, who made over 700 appearances for the Blues, announced his retirement and Ancelotti paid tribute on his Instagram page.“An honour to have had you as captain,” the Napoli manager wrote.“Wishing you much success in your future endeavours.”John Terry has been tipped to nail a managerial role in the next few months to come in the bid to replicate his success story.And most Chelsea fans will be hoping he gets the chance to manage his beloved club.last_img read more

Keith Urban To Headline Stagecoach Music Festival Day 2

first_imgDay three will be headlined by Garth Brooks in his first-ever festival performance. Stagecoach 2018 also features Florida Georgia Line as day one headliners, plus Kelsea Ballerini, Jason Isbell, Gordon Lightfoot, Ronnie Milsap, Kacey Musgraves, Kenny Rogers, Trisha Yearwood, Dwight Yoakam, and many other outstanding artists emerging on the scene.Billed as “California’s Country music festival,” this year will feature a HonkyTonk Dance Hall, affordable car-camping, and a chance to disprove naysayers who think California’s Country culture is fading, a condition brought on by nostalgia for the classic Bakersfield Sound.Urban’s sizzling country licks began in New Zealand, of all places, and earlier this year, he was celebrated in Washington, D.C., at the 2017 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards for his advocacy on behalf of the music community. With his refreshing love of music, Urban’s set is bound to stand out as a “must-see” at next year’s Stagecoach festival.Watch Keith Urban Perform “Blue Ain’t Your Color” At CMA Fest 2017Read more Stagecoach, “California’s Country music festival,” announces the 4-time GRAMMY winner leading its second-dayPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 13, 2017 – 4:03 pm Spring 2018’s Stagecoach music festival will be held in Indio, Calif. on April 27 –29. The fest’s day two headliner will be none other than Keith Urban, the man Nile Rodgers described as “the brother I have never had” and “the greatest gentleman in all of music.” Keith Urban To Headline Stagecoach Music Festival Day 2 NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 8, 2015 – 3:16 pm Keith Urban Wins Best Male Country Vocal Performance Twitter Email Facebook News Keith Urban To Headline Stagecoach Music Festival keith-urban-headline-stagecoach-music-festival-day-2last_img read more

Recent Wilmington Real Estate Transactions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the real estate transactions in Wilmington that occurred from March 20, 2019 to March 26, 2019:Address: 27 Boutwell StreetPrice: $735,000Buyer: Michael Farragher & Andrea MalanakarotSeller: Asset Redevelopment Corp.Date: 3/22/19Use: 1 Family ResidenceLot Size: 142,441sfAddress: 65 Chestnut StreetPrice: $453,000Buyer: Earl & Rhonda CraigSeller: Quinn FT LLCDate: 3/22/19Use: 1 Family ResidenceLot Size: 44,431sfAddress: 14 Concord StreetPrice: $499,500Buyer: Lauren Kerbie & Justin NortonSeller: Michael & Erica LuongoDate: 3/13/19Use: 1 Family ResidenceLot Size: 29,621sfAddress: 27 King StreetPrice: $735,000Buyer: John & Valerie TrevisoneSeller: 10 Patterson Street LLCDate: 3/22/19Use: 1 Family ResidenceLot Size: 9,583sfAddress: 232 Lowell StreetPrice: $485,000Buyer: Fiona RandallSeller: Matthew & Jenna CeratDate: 3/22/19Use: 1 Family ResidenceLot Size: 20,909sfAddress: 4 Rhode Island RoadPrice: $550,000Buyer: Matthew & Jenna CeratSeller: Daniel & Patricia BlanchDate: 3/22/19Use: 1 Family ResidenceLot Size: 10,019sfLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Wilmington Real Estate Transactions (Week of August 20, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Bangladeshi peacekeepers renovate S Sudan football fields

first_imgUNMISS is contributing to the third National Unity Day in Juba by means of its Bangladeshi Engineering Contingent, which is renovating football fields in the capital.Bangladesh’s engineering contingent in South Sudan has been tasked with renovation of football fields to be used for a variety of National Unity Day activities.The Bangladeshi peacekeepers are contributing to youthful festivities, under the umbrella of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).The mission said it is supporting this year’s annual National Unity Day by renovating four football fields in Juba.”Hundreds of youths from across the country will get together for sports and other activities to promote inter-ethnic interaction and a spirit of fair play and peace.,” the mission said in a news release.The opening ceremony of the event will be held at the Juba Football Stadium on 27 January and it will end on 4 February.According to the news release, work has already begun on the pitch in Juba-One, with the fields of Buluk, Zahra and St. Paul’s to follow.Officer-in-charge of some of the engineering work, Lieutenant Masud, says the tasks of the contingent will include the grading and levelling of the football grounds, as well as digging drains along their perimeters.Lemor William Joseph, assistant director for youth, training and innovation, a component of the culture, youth and sports ministry of that country, appreciated the efforts of the UN peacekeeping mission.“Actually it is a very great work that UNMISS is doing for us, because really to renovate these fields would have been very expensive,” he said.The Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA, will finance the logistics of bringing the participating youths to the National Unity Day.During the 2017 edition of the National Unity Day, approximately 500 boys and girls from twelve towns from across South Sudan and Abyei participated in football and athletics competitions.This year youths from all of the states of the country are expected to take part.last_img read more

Lalu Prasad Yadav jailed for 35 yrs in fodder scam case

first_imgLalu Prasad Yadav. IANS file photoIndia’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad on Saturday was sentenced to three and a half years jail in a fodder scam case.Special CBI judge Shivpal Singh announced the sentence after hearing arguments on quantum of sentencing.He also slapped a Rs 5 lakh fine on the former Bihar Chief Minister.The court had on 23 December convicted Lalu Prasad and 15 others in the case relating to the multi-million-rupee scam.last_img

10 Things To Know For Thursday

first_img Share Matt Dunham/APPolice secure the area close to the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday.RAIDS LEAD TO ARRESTS IN LONDON ATTACKBritish police also believe the knife-wielding assailant, who killed three outside Parliament with his vehicle and weapon, acted alone and was “inspired by international terrorism.”AP: US PROBES BANKING OF EX-TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHIEFU.S. Treasury Department agents have obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving Paul Manafort as part of a federal anti-corruption probe into his work in Eastern Europe, the AP learns.HEALTH BILL HOURS FROM SHOWDOWN VOTEShort of support, Republican leaders look to Trump to close the deal with a crucial bloc of conservatives, the first major legislative test of his young presidency.US DEEPENING INVOLVEMENT VS ISLAMIC STATE GROUP IN SYRIAThe Trump administration authorized an unprecedented American airlift of Arab and Kurdish fighters to the front lines in northern Syria, supported by the first use of U.S. attack helicopters and artillery in the country.WHO’S NEXT TO BE HEARD ON GORSUCH NOMINATIONLawyers, advocacy groups and former colleagues get their say on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee after the judge emerges unscathed from two days of questioning at his confirmation hearing.6,800-TON FERRY EMERGES FROM THE WATERThe salvage effort comes nearly three years after it capsized and sank into violent seas off the South Korean coast, killing more than 300.WHAT GROUP OF OPIOID VICTIMS IS LESS KNOWNCurious children who come across the drugs dropped on the floor or in a bottle with an unsecured cap, and put them in their mouths, where a single pill can be fatal in their small bodies.LESS-EDUCATED MIDDLE-AGE US WHITES DYING YOUNGER THAN OTHERSResearch by two Princeton economists find that the loss of steady middle-income jobs for those with high school degrees or less has triggered broad problems for this group.WHERE THERE’S A GLIMMER OF HOPE IN JAPANFewer Japanese are taking their own lives, a positive sign in a country with one of the world’s highest suicide rates.BLUE JAYS PITCHER LEADS US TO WBC TITLEThe United States routs Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries behind six hitless innings from Marcus Stroman.last_img read more