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
"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
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
"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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Location: Los Angeles, California, United States (load item map)
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