September 9, 2015 I was standing outside the
Hyatt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, planning on getting a car heading to the US Open. I do some corporate appearances and sponsor
visits and things like that. I didn’t think much of it. I looked up while I was waiting for the car
and saw someone running towards me, and as he got to me I was smiling thinking this was
some sort of friendly encounter—a fan or someone that was just a long lost friend or
something—but he quickly dispelled that myth in my head and put me on the ground and
slammed me to the ground and had his knee in my back and cuffed me and told me to not
say a word and just listen to whatever he had to say. So I did. I complied. I had seen everything in the news about noncompliance
or perceived noncompliance of anyone in custody of the police so I stood up and did what he
said. And they said it was just a case of mistaken
identity, but it was clearly, in my mind, excessive, and it didn’t need to be handled
that way when there were five officers on the scene and could have easily just asked
me for my identification and moved on and not had any sort of an incident. As it was happening I was pretty much in shock. I try to think of myself as pretty calm, cool
and collected, and I didn’t know what to do and what to say, how to act—because I hadn’t
been put in cuffs like that before, I didn’t know how else to get my point across because
they weren’t listening. I was trying to let them know that my US Open
credential was in my back pocket. “I’m not someone that—whatever it is
you’re looking for, for whatever kind of criminal you’re looking for, it has nothing to do with
me, it’s not me.” They weren’t hearing it. They didn’t want to hear anything about it. They were in power; they were in control,
and let me know that. So going through it I was embarrassed, I felt
extremely vulnerable, because they had me cuffed and I didn’t know what for, and I didn’t
know what they were planning on doing. So, the blue wall of silence, from what I
understand it, is when any officer does something wrong, inappropriate, the rest of the officers
are going to be silent. They’re not going to mention it, they’re not
going to go against him and turn them into internal affairs or turn them into anyone
else, they’re going to stick with him and that’s almost like a fraternity, a brotherhood. And it’s something that is hopefully outdated
and was prevalent supposedly back in the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s. A lot of the officers I speak to now say that
it’s a thing of the past, that it’s not happening, but in my case it seems like it happened,
because there are five officers that all witnessed what happened, or four that witnessed what
happened, one was that was the instigator, and none of them filed a report. Any of them could have filed a report and
said, “This is what happened on this day, this was inappropriate,” but none of them
did. So the first time the NYPD made a statement
it was that they were investigating whether excessive force was used, and that I wasn’t
even in handcuffs, and the whole encounter took less than just a couple of minutes. And when I saw that and couldn’t believe that
that was the story they were going to go with, I didn’t even know at that time that there
was a videotape. There was surveillance footage that showed
what actually happened, and it was just infuriating to see that because I knew that if there wasn’t
that video they could get away with that, they could say that and they could have four
or five officers say the same thing “No, nothing happened,” and move on, and I was
very much afraid that that was going to be the case. Even as much as I feel like I’m credible—I
have no reason to lie or to make up a story—I feel like the general public would listen
to five cops that are on the scene that would say one thing even if it’s contradictory to
what I say actually happened. After I got back from the US Open is when
I realized that there was a video, and as soon as I spoke to the head of security at
the Grand Hyatt he said, “Well, I saw that too and we have the timestamp on here, and
it was for 15 minutes so we know how long you were in cuffs for, we have them leading
you away in cuffs, we have all of that.” So I was very thankful to him for helping
me and for making sure that tape stayed safe, because I think that’s what helped the truth
get out and helped people realize that I wasn’t just making this up or that what they initially
said was far from the truth. And I don’t blame the ones that are the higher-ups,
the powers that be because they may have heard that story from the officers that were on
the scene, and you would expect them to believe them to tell the truth. And without that video there was no way for
them to know that, so they had no reason to not believe them. I just think it’s sad that that would be how
those police officers that saw it on the scene would then report that to their superior officers. It was something where I wanted to make sure
that the police officers that aren’t doing the job the right way don’t take away from
the police officers that are doing the job the right way, and the ones that are so-called
bad apples are held accountable. And that’s when I decided I wanted to make
that something I was going to write about, something I was going to talk about and speak
on, the fact that it just can’t keep happening. Police departments in these cases, in my opinion,
would be better off with transparency, with letting a lot of people know, letting the
public know exactly what happened and finding out from the rest of the officers what really
happened. And I think so many officers I’ve spoken to
since that time really feel like that whole blue wall of silence is not a real thing,
that they’re not all sticking up for each other, but it seems in this case they did. And if that is just maybe optimism from other
police officers and police departments, I hope that it’s going in that direction, that
there will stop being the whole “blue wall of silence” that they won’t just stick
up for each other no matter what’s right or wrong as opposed to just sticking up for what
is right for what actually happened for the truth. And as far as police reform across the country—I
just hope for more transparency all across the country. And the accountability is what matters to
me, because I truly believe that the majority, over 95 percent of the police officers are
acting in an honorable dignified way and they deserve to be called heroes, but the ones
that aren’t are really eroding the trust. The ones that are doing the wrong things are
making it so that people like myself, anyone that’s been in any sort of encounter like
this may lose some of their trust for any police officer, and that’s not fair to the
ones that are doing the job the right way that deserve our trust that we should look
to for support to keep us safe, to keep our communities safe. And when the ones that aren’t doing it that
way, the ones that are using the badge as a shield to protect them as a way to continue
being a bully or anything else they’re using it for—those are the ones that should not
be protected by the unions, by any sort of system that is going to just protect—“once
you get a badge you’re protected”—I think that shouldn’t be the case, you need to be
accountable no matter what your job is. You’re a human being and you need to be held
accountable for your actions, especially when you’re allowed to make life or death situations
with the people you interact with. And if someone is making a life or death situation
with my life I would like them to be trained properly, I would like them to feel comfortable
in every situation, I would like them to not feel scared in any situation, and I’d like
to know that they are doing so with honor and with respect for my life and for the lives
of everyone in their community.

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Dennis Veasley

60 thoughts on “How a False Arrest Pushed Ex-Tennis Pro James Blake to Be a Voice for Police Accountability”

  1. The brother hood will never be outdated because of domestic terrorist organizations funded by Globalist George Soros like black lives matter.

  2. You must start forcing your political system to work for you. You must vote. You must educate your young people and make sure they understand what's happening. You're country is failing, but you can save it if you get involved. Vote with your purchases, vote with your political ballots. Boycott holiday sales and make it known to companies who contribute to the corruption, that you will not stand for it. Inform yourself and make a choice that you truly understand.

  3. As a Dutch citizen I always feel weird hearing these stories. When the police shot a person it was national news and it sparked a political debate. The reason for all of this violence. Is not only racism and transparency. The police are a lot more likely to get shot in the United States than in the Netherlands. The police is therefore always in a tight mindset. Which increase police brutality

  4. A badge doesent and shouldnt make you untouchable.
    If you screw up as police officer you should be held responsible
    and you should have the balls to admit that you messed up.
    Everyone messes up sometimes and everyone needs to
    face the consequences.

  5. Oh please. How about you cooperate and stop resisting arrest? The left's war on police is absolutely pathetic. BLM, a terrorist organization, is now even calling for disbanding the police altogether as they believe they have the right to do whatever they want.

  6. Pretty sure that the Trump trolls aren't awake yet…or their parents don't let them use the computer on weekends.

  7. Sponsors should drop James Blake for arguing for a racist movement Black Lives Matter. What happened to him was perfectly legal, he is just being a snowflake like all liberals.

  8. Police? are you propagandists or something? There are no police in the world anymore, they are simply mercenaries participating in a coup against the people at the behest of corrupt governments.

    Actions speak louder than words and their actions the world over prove my statement correct.

  9. I don't believe this sort of stuff shouldn't happen, I had civilians pick fights with me for confusing me with supposed lovers of their SOs, but I do think that when that does happen compensation is at hand.

  10. A proven lie regarding the job should be reason to permanent ban from the police. As long as we know police lies, the system is broken. They are just another type of criminal. Another danger roaming the streets.

  11. Yes there are some bad cops. What about the bad people who say that good cops do bad things? I bet that happens way more often than the opposite. Cops spend a lot of time around bad people.

  12. By Police Accountability they mean violence against all police officers when people constantly think they're above the law.

  13. blue wall of silence is absolutely still a thing (and I know you were speaking generally but I hope nobody thinks it's just the 'brotherhood' – police bitches do it too. some of the women are the worst).

  14. Dirty cops bite the curb. One rotten apple spoils the bunch, if you support a dirty cop, you deserve just as much.

    We need a way to hold judges accountable for their poor decisions, they're where the corruption is. I say we start pulling Ted Bundys. FUCK JUDGES THEY ARE THE PROBLEM. Treat 'em all like post WWII Mussolini. Rise up and you will be remembered.

  15. Police is in many ways similar to politics.
    You support their existence and support them doing their jobs, but you should always fight against corruption, whether it's legislative, judicial, or executive.

  16. we need more policing in Black Comunity.

    The problem isnt mass police brutality – its black people proportionally commit more crime because they CAN due to not enough policing.

    There are bad cops just like there are good and bad people in general. Systems are there to catch and hold bad cops accountable – but the Left wants to frame everything is being about race and police are out there just to hurt minority – which is wrong and not going to solve any problem.

  17. I can appreciate that he is being diplomatic here, but I truly hope that he knows what's really going on. This blue wall is OBVIOUSLY still there, just look through YouTube and see all of the unlawful actions police are taking. It happens every time. In fact – to stand up against another officer is a great way to ruin your career as the whole department turns on you. There is no incentive for LEO's to do the right thing. Please look into the 1st amendment auditor's and what they are doing. They are constantly being abused and revealing the corruption.

  18. The officers actions were justified, he was even justified by one of the most liberal cities in the country. He did get in trouble for not filling out paperwork required by the department though. Terry v Ohio justifies the stop due to the fact he matched the description of a wanted criminal, and the force and commands given were justified based on the nature of what the criminal was wanted for. Does it suck for him that it happened? Yea it does but it doesn't justify this guys sob story. He is exploiting the incident to make himself look like a victim so he can get some air time and some money. If people understood law, criminal procedure, and what police can do in what circumstances then this wouldn't even be back page news.

  19. From Baltimore to Greece, fuck the police! You can't reform a militarized occupying force enough. Smash the state, we can decide for ourselves!

  20. I am surprised that you don't blame the superiors, as I see it as their failure. They need to know their men. Not just from this single incident. They work with them every day. If they did this to you, very likely, they did it to others, as well. The victims just did not have the tapes, or did not know about them, or just plain got scared and sucked it up.

    Policemen work in a stressful and dangerous environment. They need to trust each other. You do not build trust by turning somebody in because he did a mistake. You help out each other. It sounds bad, but it is necessary and good at the end. It is up to the superiors not to take the word of the officers as granted. They must know and understand how it works and not just take the easy route for the sake of not looking bad. Blaming a few rotten apples is simply dodging the problem. We cannot and should not fight the blue wall of silence. We need to understand and cope with it.

  21. No point in spending more than 2 mins on a comment or thought of this video. Some celebrity or professional athlete has a small interaction with authority, it's a major concern. Oh someone challenged the important celebrity. Police officers make decisions that are never 100% favoured. You give a ticket to a speeding motorist, the community with kids love you for preventing an accident, the guy who received the ticket and his friends and family are disgusted. The public lives in a world full of make believe, no true experience with human confrontation and life or death decision making. Unless the public can comprehend the full spectrum of what an officer encounters on a daily basis, it's just peanut gallery talk. Sorry Mr Ex Tennis Player, go back to your mansion and find another cause to appease your "big heart". Big Think, horrible video.

  22. >that feel when blacks are so deep into criminal world, that every regular person with darker skin looks like a thug.

  23. WOW. If the police department just apologized and admitted that maybe they didn't handle the situation in the best way, the public would be pissed for a little bit but then move on. But instead they lied and got caught and now they have to eat their balls and look like a bunch of untrustworthy fucks. If the police cleaned up their act and started holding themselves and other officers accountable things would be a lot better.

  24. This is why I believe the police should have a military structure and go trough the army bootcamp, this would change that

  25. Cops are just a gang that legally gets to have guns and is able to harass people with impunity.

    The truth is 99% of cops stick together. It is not an easy job sometimes and police officers sometimes lose their patience and act in a very inappropriate way. They know they can do this because the rest of the police on the scene will cover for them. This is not new and to me it is honestly silly when people say it is not the case. Many people are NEVER harassed by the police either because of skin color or even more importantly their financial status. When you see an officer arresting a young black male he is often thrown to the ground, someone kneels on his back and he is cuffed with his hands behind him and even physically hit. If a rich white male is arrested, the police ask if they can come in, they ask the person to go quietly and usually even cuff the person with their hands in the front perhaps covered by a suit jacket so as not to cause a scene. There is clearly an enormous double standard, but no one wants to change things because the minority populations affected by this kind of behavior by the police are usually not politically powerful or wealthy.

  26. One bad apple spoils the whole bunch.  IOW one must remove ALL bad apples lest the rest be ruined.  Your assertion that 95% of all officers are acting appropriately is questionable.  My contact with the cops indicates a more balanced proportion; perhaps 50%, perhaps less are honorable.

  27. The Freternal Order of Police (FOP)
    Was listening to the radio today Michael Savage was interviewing a cop about something at some point the cop says, "you know what they say all cops love to do 3 things. …fighting, fucking and driving fast."

    This is their oath…

    The five-cornered star tends to remind us of the allegiance we owe to our Flag and is a symbol of the authority with which we are entrusted. It is an honor the people we serve bestow upon us. They place their confidence and trust in us; serve them proudly.
    Midway between the points and center of the star is a blue field representative of the thin blue line protecting those we serve. The points are of gold, which indicates the position under which we are now serving. The background is white, the unstained color representing the purity with which we should serve. We shall not let anything corrupt be injected into our order. Therefore, our colors are blue, gold and white.
    The open eye is the eye of vigilance ever looking for danger and protecting all those under its care while they sleep or while awake. The clasped hands denote friendship. The hand of friendship is always extended to those in need of our comfort. The circle surrounding the star midway indicates our never ending efforts to promote the welfare and advancement of this order. Within the half circle over the centerpiece is our motto, "Jus, Fidus, Libertatum" which translated means "Law is a Safeguard of Freedom."
    ( When adopted, the motto was believed to be Latin and assumed to mean "Fairness, Justice, Equality" or "Justice, Friendship, Equality". Actually, the motto is a grammatically impossible and hardly translatable sequence of Latin words; the current interpretation is the best that could be made of it)
    Seems a lot has changed since I was kid in the 70s.
    Since 9/11 we are all suspects. All gangs are bad.

  28. This just comes to mind.
    "Anchormen spike their blood, wear masks of mud
    Cucumbers cut to fit their eyes
    And so no one would know how tired they've grown
    Of talking and telling their lies
    While your TV's change stations, scroll messages
    Victims and Christians both drinking blood
    And they'll pray for the destruction of all hatred
    More often, just those with hate for us
    'Cause it hurts when you discover one's worse and one's better
    To suffer or cause others to
    And you can live by your conscience, now guilt is a concept
    You're no longer subscribing to
    There's a virgin in my bed
    And she's taking off her dress
    And I'm not sure what I am gonna do
    There's a song stuck in my head
    And I can't help singing it
    Oh, how I hope my singing pleases you
    'Cause this is not who I've become but what you make me into"

  29. Ever notice how "reform" changes nothing?

    It's almost like the people involved haven't got the foggiest idea.

  30. Criminals live by the oath of "Don't be a Rat!"… why do authorities want to show the world that they live by a criminal code?

  31. I like that he just manages to be enough fair-skinned and male to not trigger a storm of dislikes. Good on you, subs!

  32. This tennis player has no idea of the level of corruption, but one police officer stood against it and was harassed and ostracized by his fellow officers. This is his message:
    Justin Hopson's Story: One Man's War Against Police Corruption

  33. It's not the few bad apples. It's all of them. I heard you say on good morning America, that they were 5 officers there that didnt say anything. Not one of them reported unnecessary force, and they went on and lied to the public before the video surfaced, saying you were detained with out cuffs for a few minutes, and it was a cuff 15 minutes. That sounds like the one bad apple, and the rest spoil rotten because of the blue wall. Instead of speaking up, they said nothing, and lied about what happened. Sounds like a bunch of rotten apples. My brother call it what it is, you have the platform……
    I appreciate you sharing your story though.

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