Transcript for NYPD Commissioner Apologizes to Retired Tennis Star James Blake for Mistaken Identity
We are here to discuss and I'm joined a chief protect as well boys in dissident in front of the grand Hyatt hotel on 42 street here in Manhattan in New York City yesterday. Involving. Professionals tennis player. Mr. James Blake who was here is here to attend the US open events over in Queens. I have attempted this morning after obtaining the cellphone number of mr. Blake. You reach mr. Blake. Made Abbas who has also sought to reach out to him. We have not been able to contact him to that voice mail. I am dealing with an intermediary. Also chew. Let mr. Blake know that I would be very interest as well as submit. To talk with pinch to extend. My apologies for the incident which he found himself involved in yesterday around noon time in front of the grand Hyatt. We have determined. As a result of the investigation of these last now almost 24 hours that mr. Blake had no role of involvement in the criminal investigation. That we were conducting. And was totally innocent any involvement. And as a result of this morning being able to view a videotape all of the incident. That. In support the decision by the chief of internal affairs. Commissioner resident yesterday who viewed the video last evening. To place the involved officer. A police officer was this apartment on modified assignment modified assignment an issue where in New York City means to his gun and edge have been removed. And he's been placed on administrative duties pending the investigation by internal is going forward. And so they can sure as we have was the four issues appropriate. And the initial review. We believe that it may not have meant and that secondly that what transpired. Asked. The release of mr. Blake relative to. Recording of the incident which was not done. With that again I'll reinforce that we. Very interested in speaking with mr. Blake. And hope to hear back from him to extend an apology for the experience he counted should ought to happen. Made applies who has also made simplest should reach out chew him.
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