NEW YORK - A city police officer accused of using excessive force while mistakenly arresting James Blake is now suing the tennis star and the NYPD.
James Frascatore's lawyer says his client is seeking more than $75,000 in damages.
Frascatore says he is being unfairly portrayed as a racist police officer by Blake and claims the ordeal is causing stress for him and his family.
Frascatore also says the NYPD and the mayor's office are not scrutinizing Blake's statements about the incident.
Last week, the Civilian Complaint Review Board recommended the NYPD take 10 vacation days away from Frascatore.
Blake testified that Frascatore never identified himself as an officer, before throwing him to the ground and mistakenly arresting him outside a Midtown hotel.
Frascatore says he mistook the tennis pro for someone else wanted for credit card fraud.