Cops, Complaints and One Ugly Altercation Caught on Tape
Using that tape and hours of interviews, the CCRB investigators exposed numerous inconsistencies, largely involving the testimony of the arresting officer, James Frascatore.
The file shows it was the fifth complaint filed against Frascatore in seven months. That’s more complaints than 90 percent of active officers have received in their entire careers.
The audio recording backs up her allegation that Frascatore never gave his name and shield number when she asked.
In the sworn criminal complaint, Frascatore alleged that he asked her for the bike and she responded, “F—- you. I’m taking the bike inside.” Frascatore told the CCRB investigator about a dramatic tug-of-war over the bike.
None of that is supported by Hines’ recording.
WNYC found it’s not the first time Frascatore’s credibility has been called into question.
We still don’t know if Frascatore will be allowed to keep his badge but if he loses his job it will only be because he abused someone famous. Thankfully James Blake changed his mind but he originally was just going let this incident go without complaint.