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Skateboarder Claims Excessive Force By LAPD

August 21, 2012  | 

Screenshot via KTLA.
Screenshot via KTLA.

A 20-year-old Venice skateboarder and his family are accusing Los Angeles police of using unnecessary force after a video shows him pinned to the ground and an officer punching him in the face.

The incident unfolded Saturday afternoon when college student Ronald Weekley Jr. was riding his skateboard in the street when officers sought to detain him, police said. Weekley's attorney alleges that police grabbed him and threw him to the ground. Weekley suffered a broken nose, concussion and fractured cheekbone, said Ryan Julison, a spokesperson for attorney Benjamin Crump.

A video provided to KTLA shows Weekley on the ground with four officers on top of him. One officer is seen punching Weekley in the head.

Read the full Los Angeles Times story.

Tags: LAPD, Excessive Force, Gaining Compliance


Comments (4)

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Tim @ 8/21/2012 11:08 PM

The eyewitness said that he stiffened up his body, that is considered resisting arrest. He is crying fake tears so he can put on a show and file a lawsuit. I didn't see excessive force on the video.

Capt David-retired LA Cou @ 8/22/2012 11:40 AM

Ah, them cameras....read www.when lawmenlie.com

michael @ 8/22/2012 2:40 PM

This is what society thinks is acceptable today. I think the officers did a good job here. Next time this AH is told to do something by a POLICE OFFICER and wants to resist hopefully he will reflect on this incident and think twice before he acts like an AH again. There is just no respect for LEO anymore, prosecutes need to be tougher, penalties need to be stiffer and more support for LE officers. This jerk and his father are seeing dollar signs......I hope LAPD tells them to stick it.

Bob@Az. @ 8/22/2012 9:45 PM

Wow. This KTLA sure must hate LEO's! I watched the "reporter" (?) with his sneer and pulp magizine stance do a spin on what, by the video, sure looks like a punk resisting arrest. And only ONE witness interview? Sure would like to see the whole video from the start. Stay Safe Blues!

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