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James Blake: Former tennis star calls for the police officer who arrested him to be fired

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Former tennis star James Blake, whose caught-on-camera takedown by a plainclothes New York City police officer prompted apologies from the mayor and police commissioner, told The Associated Press on Saturday that the officer who arrested him should be fired. 'I don't think this person should ever have a badge or a gun again,' Blake, 35, said a day after surveillance video of the arrest outside a Manhattan hotel — and details about previous complaints over the officer's use of force — became public.

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