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LAPD beat man for skateboarding on wrong side of street




Venice
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A young man who was stopped by Los Angeles police for skateboarding on
the wrong side of the street was then brutally beaten in an attack he
claims left him with broken bones and a concussion.
20-year-old Ronald Weekley Jr. was skateboarding in front of his
Venice home when he was stopped by LAPD officers. Weekley claims the
officer threw him to the ground.


"I turned around to two cops running directly at me and throwing me on
the ground, putting my arms behind my back and tying my legs to my arms
and telling me I was resisting arrest," Weekley told KTLA.


In a witness video shot on a cell phone camera, four LAPD officers can
be seen piling on Weekley. One of the officers delivers a punch to the
subdued skater's head. Weekley claims he suffered a broken nose, a
broken cheekbone and a concussion as a result of the beating.


Police claim they used force on Weekley because he was resisting arrest
on three outstanding misdemeanor warrants. But the young man says he
wan't resisting.


"With four police officers on me like they are in the video, there's
nothing I could do," he told KTLA. "When the officers were striking me
in the face, I could do nothing but scream for help."


Chicago defense attorney Steven R. Hunter says suspects are often accused of resisting arrest in cases of police brutality.


"The police will claim they had to beat the suspect because he was
resisting arrest," Hunter writes on his firm's website. "This gives them
an explanation for the injuries to the arrestee. Since some suspects do
resist arrest, it often comes down to the word of the officer against
the word of the defendant."


Ron Weekley Sr., the skater's father, said the three warrants were for
violating curfew years ago and were not grounds for stopping and beating
his son. He believes his son was racially profiled and is demanding
justice and charges against the officers who brutalized the young man.


"We want the chief of police to not only do an investigation, but we
want him to train his officers better because they work in ethnic
communities," Weekley Sr. told KTLA.


The LAPD has a long history of brutality. The most famous incident was the 1991 Rodney King beating,
but there have literally been thousands of claims against officers.
Most recently, Brian Mulligan, a senior executive at Deutsche Bank, filed a $50 million lawsuit
against the LAPD claiming that he was kidnapped and beaten while being
held in a hotel room by officers trying to steal the $5,000 he was
carrying.


The LAPD said it is investigating the Weekley incident. LAPD Commander
Andy Smith told KTLA that "an officer may use reasonable and necessary
force to affect an arrest, overcome resistance or prevent the escape of a
suspect."


"Use of force by officers may include striking a suspect with an officer's fist if the suspect is resisting arrest."

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  • I wonder why the video is edited so that it doesn't show what happened before the take-down.

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  • LMAO....what a shitty actor....fake crying. He had warrants for his arrest and he resisted arrest. FUCK HIM! He just wants money.

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  • all i see is a the nice policemen teaching this young man some manners
    and those tears seemed fake to me

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  • REMEMBER USA CITIZENS ...when you pin down in the ground and your hand and legs are stretched by half a ton of polices seating on your back YOU ARE NOT ENTITLE TO TWITCH or your will receive a complementary CLOSE FIST PUNCH IN THE FACE ...

    SEEMS FAIR ...in the laaaaaaaaaaanf of the freeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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  • Hmmmm, 4 cops on the kid, no need to punch him. As usual Cop overkill. No surprise. I'm NOT saying the kid is an angel, but you need all those cops to subdue one young adult?

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  • Stop crying you little bitch, take care of your warrants and stop resisting arrest.

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  • Holy crap - get some manhood, boy. As for the LAPD, sounds like they did more than necessary to deal with that person.

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  • How not to get your ass kicked by the police....
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQSVHYu-dgw

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  • Not making light of the situation, but dude sounds like a half-black Aziz Ansari..especially when he goes bitch sauce with the fake tears and hurt feelings..

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  • Looks pretty good for someone with a broken nose and cheek bone...

    Trying to find the uncut version of the video..verses the edited news report. Anyone have a link? I only see 1 punch, which looks like in the middle of him resisting. Not at the end, nor 4 punches.

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    • @gammyland You saw him resisting? With 4 big ass officers on top of him? Is he the incredible hulk or are LAPD officers weak as 10 year old girls?

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    • @kajidono You really can't tell other than a pile of people. Then again, I've never seen it take 4 officer's to handcuff someone who is compliant either. There's alot more to this than the 10 seconds of video the news decided to edit and play.

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    • @gammyland Yeah, I was gonna suggest they might send these guys your way for some additional training if they're having this much trouble with a scrawny skateboarder.

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    • @kajidono In the real world....it can be difficult to handcuff someone who is resisting. I know you've never tried it, nor ever will so whatever.

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    • @gammyland Oh you know, huh. And you wonder why you have so much trouble with some people.

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  • Anybody has 3 misdemeanor warrants must have done something wrong. His POS father forgot to punch him while he was young.

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  • Didnt look to bad. He should have put his hands behing his back.

    Posted Aug-21-2012 By 

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  • Go to court when you're supposed to and don't resist arrest, douchebag!

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  • Bullshit story about the 4x punches... wants to get the most dough possible out of this.

    Starting at 02:00 the kid is looking straight ahead and confident when he tells what happened. But when the "punched me 4 times in a row" comes up, he closes his eyes at each word.

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  • If the guy wasn't resisting I sure am blind. You would be surprised how hard it is to get someone cuffed when they don't want to be. In the academy, my DT instructor took the 3 biggest guys and told them to cuff him, half their size they were not able to get him cuffed for quite some times.

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    • @marinemp00

      Dude - he's a kid that was already cuffed and was in a Fucking leg lock!!

      Then the cops starts dropping bombs on his face ------ That just AIN'T Right!!!!!!

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    • @figatomek I see what you're saying. The punch in the video.. Well I can't decide if it was necessary and justifiable use of force. I do not know all of the circumstances and I have to hold back to what I can actually observe. I am against improper use of force by all means. If you ask me, there are many different ways to get him to comply via pressure points and such as an alternative.

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    • @figatomek Two things bother me. First is that we do not know that the kid was already cuffed. I can't see anything to support this. Secondly, I want to hear more about how 2 cops turned into 4. Where/how/why were the other cops called?

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  • There is no way that this guy was not resisting arrest. Why would 5 cops jump on him if he was complying? No reason for that unless he is resisting arrest. Normally cops will tell you to turn around and put your hands behind your back. Normally there is no reason to even go to the ground.

    This little cry baby punk is guilty as hell and deserved a lot worse ass beating than he got. I hope they beat him worse next time.

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    • @dirtbiker201

      "Why would 5 cops jump on him if he was complying?"

      Because racism.

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    • @livewire242

      Yes, just like EVERY other arrest of a black man, right? They all say it's racism, but even you know that's complete bullshit.

      Race card is no longer in play. It has been removed from the deck. Choose another card.

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    • @livewire242 no not racism, they are looking some money or for them to get rid of the three misdemeanor warrants and the new charges. they don't say shit look it.s a spook lets kick his ass. that is pure ignorance. whenever the street cops i knew made an arrest, that i was out with we would be like hope this ***** don't resist we didn't want to have to touch his nasty ass. they get greasy flaky nasty

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  • Sounds like bullshit to me. If he has a broken cheekbone, broken nose and a concussion, how come he looks perfect in this clip? No swelling or disfiguration in any way. They don't discuss what happened between when he saw two cops chasing him and suddenly there were four cops on top of him. He is not telling the complete story. The fact that he has two previous convictions doesn't make him look like Mother Theresa.

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  • Do they know how stupid they look all jumping on him like it's some spectacular bust? No way that skateboarder can't weigh more than a sack of potatoes

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  • Yes, you didn't know? If you resist them kicking your ass its resisting arrest. Hey, if you can't handle them attempting to break your arms, your nose and your cheek bones then you shouldn't be skateboarding. Any wincing in pain, any crying out in agony IS RESISTING!!!!

    Now get it through your heads kids and start doing your dam daily yoga if you are going to be committing a crime of any kind. So that when they tie you up into a fucking pretzel and punch you in the head you'll be more prepare More..

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  • More corrupt power hungry fucking pig cops that need to be shot.

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    • @LickMyDuck Yes yes and fucking losers with 3 warrants should just be allowed to do what ever they want. Fu@k all you losers of society, hopefully you all get bullets soon.........

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    • @dankmofo It is not reasonable force. He is a small guy. 1 or 2 officers would be MORE than enough to subdue him. No punching is necessary when he is pinned to the ground. If he squirms when he has 4 heavy men on top of him trying to brutalize him, that is NOT unreasonable resistence. Everyone in the world has a right to protect their bodily security and integrity. In that situation, resitence is the ONLY thing that makes sense. PIGS don't understand that, or maybe they do, but they use that per More..

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    • @wellybub What ur dumb ass doesn't understand And what Not what person here knows it what transpired prior to the video being taken. No where in the USA do that many cops show when there is no threat taking place. He obviously called for help and you can clearly see the suspect still struggling on the ground......

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  • Ah yes, tax dollars well spent. 4-5 cops to handle a skateboarder.. Losers

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  • Cha Ching!

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