The officer is seeking $75,000 in damages for emotional distress and slander.
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."
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."
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.