The cop comes up, doesn’t identify himself, and slams Blake to the ground…
Shortly after the video was released, Mr. Blake, who is biracial, released a statement reiterating earlier comments that the officer didn’t identify himself, ask his name or “in any way afford me the dignity and respect due every person who walks the streets of this country.”
And while he said he greatly appreciated the apologies, “extending courtesy to a public figure mistreated by the police is not enough.”
Mr. Blake went on to say he hopes the incident will be a “catalyst for change in the relationship between the police and the public they serve” and asked that the city make “a significant financial commitment” to improve the relationship between law enforcement and citizens in certain neighborhoods.
The operation that led to Mr. Blake’s arrest began after police received a tip from an Internet courier service that had received suspicious orders, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said in a news conference on Thursday.
The sting resulted in the arrests of two men who were at the same hotel as Mr. Blake, Chief Boyce said.
Before the operation, the courier service gave the NYPD a photo from a social media account of a person believed to be one of the suspects, Chief Boyce said, which bore a striking resemblance to Mr. Blake. The NYPD didn’t release the photo, which turned out to be of an innocent person, Chief Boyce said.