It's been 20 years since the physical assault of Rodney King spawned the L.A. Riots, and the LAPD has yet to live down its reputation for being racists, and using excessive force against minority suspects. In the latest case of brutality, Ronald Weekley Jr., is accusing four officers in Venice Calif. of senselessly beating him, then throwing him in jail for resisting arrest, over the weekend.
Weekley alleges that he was riding his skateboard in front of his house when he was approached by police, Saturday (Aug. 18). Before long, the 20-year-old was thrown to the ground and detained by four officers who attacked him and took him into custody. The ordeal was caught on tape, and released to the media. “It's embarrassing, it hurts,” Weekley tearfully stated upon his release from jail Monday (Aug. 20). “I didn't do anything, all I did was get on my skateboard.”
Fiercely outnumbered by the cops, one of which can be seen clearly punching him in the head, Weekley disputes the notion that he was able to fight back. “With four police officers on me like they are in the video, there's nothing I could do,” he said. “When the officers were striking me in the face, I could do nothing but scream for help.”
According to authorities, Weekley was wanted on three outstanding misdemeanor warrants, which his father says were for violating curfew.
Weekley was stopped by police for skateboarding on the wrong side of the street.
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