Venice skateboarder allegedly beaten by police gives new details

Matt Stevens (Los Angeles Times) | August 22, 2012

A 20-year-old Venice skateboarder who was allegedly beaten by Los Angeles police officers laid out new details Tuesday, saying he thought he was “going to die” as he was punched in the head four times.

A video captured on cellphone shows four Los Angeles police officers on top of Ronald Weekley Jr. in the Saturday incident. As three officers wrestle with him on the ground, a fourth appears to punch Weekley in the face repeatedly.

Officials said the Los Angeles Police Department’s internal affairs unit is investigating the allegations.

At a news conference at a church in Venice on Tuesday, attorney Benjamin Crump said his client suffered a concussion, broken cheekbone and broken nose from the beating. Crump’s office said it would provide medical records but had not yet released them.

“Why did they blankault and confront this college student?” Crump asked. “Was it because he was on the wrong side of the road, or was it because he was the wrong color?”

In a crisp white button-down shirt, Weekley, who is African American and a chemistry major at Xavier University in Louisiana, appeared alongside his family and two witnesses to the beating. Crump said Weekley had been on a liquid diet since the attack and remained in pain. Weekley did not appear to have any visible injuries but broke down in tears while speaking.

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0822-skateboarder-20120822,0,7475667.story

Photo credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times / August 21, 2012

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1 Comment for “Venice skateboarder allegedly beaten by police gives new details”

  1. MJ

    Apparently, skateboarding IS a crime, despite what the bumper sticker says.

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