Officer who tackled former tennis pro James Blake strikes deal

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The New York Times reported that officer James Frascatore, 40, who was facing a dismissal following the Blake incident, has reached a deal that allows him to escape a public disciplinary trial hearing, which was set for Monday, on excessive force charges.

The Civilian Complaint Review Board investigates and prosecutes accusations of police misconduct and James Frascatore, the officer who tackled Blake, and his attorney were expected to announced the case's resolution. It is not clear how or if he will be disciplined under the agreement reached with the board.

Blake was leaning against a pole just outside the door of the Grand Hyatt New York in midtown Manhattan in September 2015 when Frascatore, dressed in plainclothes, swooped in and tackled him to the ground by his arm. Frascatore then cuffed Blake before helping him up and hauling him off.

Police said Blake was misidentified as being involved in a fraudulent credit card scheme that was using the hotel for deliveries. His punishment may remain secret given that Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration has adopted the stance that police officers' disciplinary records are shielded from public release by a state civil rights statute protecting their personnel records.

The episode highlighted racial tension between police and the public in NY, as well as use-of-force issues.

"I am determined to use my voice to turn this unfortunate incident into a catalyst for change in the relationship between the police and the public they serve", Blake said at the time.