- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - A Bronx assemblyman says he was handled roughly by a police officer when he tried to defuse an argument between officers and residents.

Assemblyman Michael Blake says the Saturday incident ended after a superior officer recognized him.

Blake says he tried to calm a heated situation at the Morris Houses complex after observing a woman in handcuffs and another woman and man arguing with an officer.

He says the officer bear-hugged him, lifted him and pinned him to a gate.

The department says a sergeant and officer had responded to the dispute when Blake placed a hand on the sergeant’s shoulder without identifying himself. It says the officer had perceived a possible threat to the sergeant. They say he’s apologized to Blake.

Blake has filed an excessive force complaint.

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