The officer is seeking $75,000 in damages for emotional distress and slander.
Is Black Lives Matter destined to go the way of the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, and Million Man March movements -- a footnote in history? A recent poll showed voters are skeptical of Black Lives Matter and its policies.
Blake had been misidentified as a suspect in a crime.
“With transparency comes public understanding and with public understanding comes public support."
"Black lives matter. Latino lives matter. Non-celebrity lives matter. It's high time the city acknowledged that."
How does the country change the narrative so that black people are not always receiving the "worst of the worst:" the worst schools, the worst jobs, the worst opportunities -- all a part of black life because of the color of their skin?
The men and women of the world are once again disheartened to read yet another story about a black person being brutalized by the NYPD. We are also disheartened by the knee-jerk reaction from ivory tower police union bosses.
Violence or civil disobedience? That has been the perennial question facing the Civil Rights movement, which has evolved into the "Black Lives Matter" crusade. From Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Jr., civil disobedience has been a powerful weapon in spearheading needed social progress.
One officer told me that if I simply complied with his instructions to show my ID, then I wouldn't have been detained. I demanded to know why I was rushed and restrained with handcuffs. "Why don't you trust police?" the officer shot back.
Patrick Lynch has a lot of venom for "arm-chair judges."
If you hear someone say, "Oh no she didn't," you have an instant news hook. Today, many people are saying that about Kim Davis being compared to Rosa Parks.
Unfortunately, the experience of the former #4 tennis player in the world is not the same as countless Black men in the City. Black men who are not celebrities or well-known athletes do not get released 15 minutes later.
I watch the tape, and I am sickened. Heartbroken. I am heartbroken for James Blake and for all the Black men who have been treated like that without recourse, without video, without even the remotest chance that anyone in the system would believe them.
The susceptibility of even celebrated black men to be hauled off when there's even the slightest suspicion -- mistaken or otherwise -- of criminal wrongdoing has left many police officials red-faced with embarrassment when they realized their goof. This was the case with Blake.