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Police officer files defamation lawsuit against James Blake

Everyone makes mistakes, but in some cases, even a harmless error can lead to serious consequences under certain circumstances. Individuals in Ohio and elsewhere that work in certain fields may also be held to a higher standard than others, and if their reputation comes under attack, even if based on an error, the harm done can be substantial. A police officer in another state has recently filed a defamation lawsuit against a former professional tennis player, James Blake, following allegations of racism and corruption.

The incident began when the officer apparently tackled James to the ground after mistaking him for a suspect in a credit card fraud investigation. He was released after officers realized the error, and he received a formal apology from the police commissioner and mayor. The officer in question was subsequently charged with misconduct and suspended temporarily before being placed on desk duty.

However, he claims that the punishment did not stop there, and that the former pro took to media outlets to accuse him of being corrupt and racist. He claims that the allegations are completely false, and that his career and reputation have suffered severely as a result. He also asserts that his family has been forced to move from the area after receiving numerous threats in relation to the allegations.

Those who are subjected to defamation of this nature may wish to protect important areas of their life, but they might be unsure of where to turn for help. When facing a similar situation, a person could speak with an experienced attorney for some much-needed guidance on the best course of action with which to proceed. An attorney in Ohio can address a client's concerns and provide advice on how to protect his or her reputation through whatever means necessary.

Source: 6abc.com, "Officer who tackled James Blake sues for defamation", Colleen Long, Oct. 3, 2017

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