CRIME

Records show officer in ex-tennis pro's NYC arrest has history of excessive force allegations

  • This image taken from a surveillance camera and released by the New York Police Department shows former tennis star James Blake, top left, being arrested by plainclothes officer James Frascatore outside of the Grand Hyatt New York hotel on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in New York. Blake was mistaken for an identity-theft suspect that Police Commissioner William Bratton said looked like Blake's "twin." Bratton apologized to Blake. (NYPD via AP) NO SALES

    This image taken from a surveillance camera and released by the New York Police Department shows former tennis star James Blake, top left, being arrested by plainclothes officer James Frascatore outside of the Grand Hyatt New York hotel on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in New York. Blake was mistaken for an identity-theft suspect that Police Commissioner William Bratton said looked like Blake's "twin." Bratton apologized to Blake. (NYPD via AP) NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • This image taken from a surveillance camera and released by the New York Police Department shows former tennis star James Blake, right, being arrested by plainclothes officer James Frascatore outside of the Grand Hyatt New York hotel on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in New York. Blake was mistaken for an identity-theft suspect that Police Commissioner William Bratton said looked like Blake's "twin." Bratton apologized to Blake. (NYPD via AP) NO SALES

    This image taken from a surveillance camera and released by the New York Police Department shows former tennis star James Blake, right, being arrested by plainclothes officer James Frascatore outside of the Grand Hyatt New York hotel on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in New York. Blake was mistaken for an identity-theft suspect that Police Commissioner William Bratton said looked like Blake's "twin." Bratton apologized to Blake. (NYPD via AP) NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • This image taken from a surveillance camera and released by the New York Police Department shows former tennis star James Blake, on ground, being arrested by plainclothes officer James Frascatore outside of the Grand Hyatt New York hotel on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in New York. Blake was mistaken for an identity-theft suspect that Police Commissioner William Bratton said looked like Blake's "twin." Bratton apologized to Blake. (NYPD via AP) NO SALES

    This image taken from a surveillance camera and released by the New York Police Department shows former tennis star James Blake, on ground, being arrested by plainclothes officer James Frascatore outside of the Grand Hyatt New York hotel on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in New York. Blake was mistaken for an identity-theft suspect that Police Commissioner William Bratton said looked like Blake's "twin." Bratton apologized to Blake. (NYPD via AP) NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

Records show the officer who arrested former tennis star James Blake has a history of excessive force allegations.

Two federal civil rights lawsuits name Officer James Frascatore in cases involving men who claim they were beaten, pepper sprayed and falsely arrested.

And an investigation last year by radio station WNYC found the 38-year-old had been the subject of five complaints in a seven-month period in 2013.

A phone number registered to Frascatore wasn't in service Friday. His union had no comment.

The officer has been placed on desk duty following Blake's arrest at a Manhattan hotel Wednesday. Blake says he was mishandled.

Two law enforcement officials confirmed Frascatore was the officer who arrested Blake. They weren't authorized to speak publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.