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Video Shows Hot Springs Officer Choking, Wrestling Skateboarders
KATV Channel 7 ^

Posted on 06/27/2007 1:39:36 PM PDT by TheTruthAintPretty

Video from the popular internet web site YouTube that was posted by one of six people arrested for skateboarding in downtown hot springs is causing quiet a stir.

Hot Springs police say the skateboarders were in violation of a city ordinance. Now three minors and three adults are facing charges, and the officer who arrested them is on administrative leave.

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(Matt McCormack, Arrested for Skateboarding) "He grabbed a kid from around his back by the neck and took him to the ground and choked him."

(Skylar Nalls, Arrested for Skateboarding) "The kid didn't know that he was coming after him. He kind of just grabbed him from behind and took him to the ground and started choking him."

(Excerpt) Read more at katv.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: abuseofpower; donutwatch; overreaction; skateboarding

1 posted on 06/27/2007 1:39:37 PM PDT by TheTruthAintPretty
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To: TheTruthAintPretty

It’s good when Little Brother watches Big Brother.


2 posted on 06/27/2007 1:42:22 PM PDT by HaveHadEnough
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To: TheTruthAintPretty

Used to see those all over. Now it is a crime apparently :(

3 posted on 06/27/2007 1:42:55 PM PDT by Domandred
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To: TheTruthAintPretty

A neighboring city here put in a real nice skatepark a short time back. There’s no charge, the kids like it and it keeps them off private property. Maybe more communities should look at doing that.


4 posted on 06/27/2007 1:47:01 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Bush has replaced the Liberty Bell with the Taco Bell!)
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To: TheTruthAintPretty

Good. I hate skateboarders. Beat them up and cut their stringy hair.


5 posted on 06/27/2007 1:49:50 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy
Good. I hate skateboarders. Beat them up and cut their stringy hair.

And get them to pull up their pants.

:^)

6 posted on 06/27/2007 1:56:52 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: TheTruthAintPretty
Who cares!

Perhaps that’s the only way to restrain the criminal.

I’m so tired of law enforcement being nit picked while those they pursue have committed violent crimes and murders and when apprehended their supposed to put on the white gloves. It’s ridiculous.

7 posted on 06/27/2007 1:57:07 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: nmh

typo

Who cares!
Perhaps that’s the only way to restrain the criminal.

I’m so tired of law enforcement being nit picked while those they pursue have committed violent crimes and murders and when apprehended they are supposed to put on the white gloves. It’s ridiculous.


8 posted on 06/27/2007 1:58:09 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: nmh

I hope that I’m never wrestled to the ground because of breaking some victim-less crime, for example, not wearing a seat belt.

Okay, I can see writing the skateboarders a ticket and having them show up to Court to pay a fine, but this officer’s actions seem overly aggressive.


9 posted on 06/27/2007 2:00:47 PM PDT by i_dont_chat (Your choice if you take offense.)
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To: nmh
Oh yeah, skate boarders are right up there with murdering gangbangers as a community threat. Go ahead and roust 14 year-olds for skating on the sidewalk, and then be absolutely baffled when they flip the LEOs off, and whine about how everyone calls you a jack-booted thug.

If you want to get off, why don't you get some free kittens and shoot them with your Taser?

10 posted on 06/27/2007 2:09:28 PM PDT by jonascord (She walked thru the door, twirling a pair of 44s. And, in her hand was a gun...)
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To: TheTruthAintPretty

Officer Stupid


11 posted on 06/27/2007 2:10:17 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Brian J. Marotta, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub, (1948-2007) Rest In Peace, our FRiend)
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To: AppyPappy
Good. I hate skateboarders. Beat them up and cut their stringy hair.

so much for a free America

have you always been this charming, or just since the colonoscopy ? (no, an answer isnt needed gramps)

12 posted on 06/27/2007 2:11:27 PM PDT by Revelation 911
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To: TheTruthAintPretty

With any luck this cop will soon be looking for an honest job.


13 posted on 06/27/2007 2:11:31 PM PDT by Dinsdale
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To: Domandred

Where I used to work the skateboarders would come to the parking lot and move the cement parking backstops around to lay out ramps to suit them. We would have to put them back after they were gone. One day I went out there while they were in the lot, seized one of their boards, and told them to get lost. Told the kid if he wanted his board back, send his parents after it. A while later a cop showed up and I told him about the constant trespassing, rearranging the parking lot, and us getting repeatedly told to f*ck off, eat sh*t and die, etc. He gave the board back to the one kid and told all of them if he caught them in the lot again they were going to get arrested for trespassing and property damage. We never saw the punks again.

When skateboarders trespass, damage property by sliding down handrails, break and damage things by jumping on and off them, and rearrange other people’s property to suit themselves they are committing crimes.


14 posted on 06/27/2007 2:21:03 PM PDT by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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To: reagan_fanatic

Until they get hurt and their parents sue the city.


15 posted on 06/27/2007 2:22:32 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: TheTruthAintPretty

When I can legally put a bullet between the eyes of someone breaking into my shed, I’ll support this cop.


16 posted on 06/27/2007 2:23:09 PM PDT by Niteranger68 (Amnesty….NO MEANS NO!)
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To: Dumpster Baby

It’s a good thing the skateboarders weren’t illegals, or you would probably have had to build their ramps for them:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/4923962.html


17 posted on 06/27/2007 2:26:09 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: Rastus

I seem to remember disclaimer signs posted there which said, in effect, if you skate here, you’re on your own. Don’t know how well that’s worked out, though.


18 posted on 06/27/2007 2:28:21 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Bush has replaced the Liberty Bell with the Taco Bell!)
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To: i_dont_chat

Well then, don’t disobey a police order and then try to flee from the cops...you will be chased down until captured.


19 posted on 06/27/2007 2:29:11 PM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: TheTruthAintPretty
Yeah, I saw the original. A skateboarder is doing the filming and we don't get to see what happened before the initial arrest.

I'd like to see the entire episode, not just the edited version, before I pass judgment.

20 posted on 06/27/2007 2:30:20 PM PDT by LouAvul
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To: All

Help! I can’t get either link to play. And, I just installed windows media. :-(


21 posted on 06/27/2007 2:41:19 PM PDT by jackibutterfly
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To: Domandred
Now it is a crime apparently

It is and always was a crime in many places. Just because some punk plasters a sticker somewhere that doesn't change the law.

22 posted on 06/27/2007 4:15:26 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: AppyPappy
Good. I hate skateboarders. Beat them up and cut their stringy hair.

And drunks! Anyone driving drunk needs to be beaten within an inch of their lives!

(If you've ever lost someone to some drunken fool, you would know where I'm coming from)

Ooops...that won't work because cops don't skateboard, but they DO drink and drive!

23 posted on 06/27/2007 4:30:04 PM PDT by TheTruthAintPretty (G-d Bless our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, fathers and mothers in harm's way!)
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To: TheTruthAintPretty

If you catch a cop skateboarding, beat their ass and cut their stringy hair


24 posted on 06/27/2007 4:57:04 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy
If you catch a cop skateboarding, beat their ass and cut their stringy hair

I'm not greedy! I'll save that privilege for you, as I have nothing against skateboarders personally (other than a bit of jealousy about their youth and ability)!

I assume you've had a traumatic experience involving a stringy-haired skateboarder? And what about the drunken morons? They kill a lot more people than skateboarders!

25 posted on 06/27/2007 6:53:30 PM PDT by TheTruthAintPretty (G-d Bless our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, fathers and mothers in harm's way!)
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To: TheTruthAintPretty

If you catch a drunken moron on a skateboard, you know what to do. Cut that stringy hair


26 posted on 06/28/2007 4:33:23 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy
Perhaps the phobia is not skateboarders, it's long stringy hair! Perhaps this will help you feel better about boarders:

Looks pretty clean-cut to me!

27 posted on 06/28/2007 6:09:02 AM PDT by TheTruthAintPretty (G-d Bless our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, fathers and mothers in harm's way!)
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To: AppyPappy
Perhaps the phobia is not skateboarders, it's long stringy hair! Perhaps this will help you feel better about boarders:

Looks pretty clean-cut to me!

28 posted on 06/28/2007 6:09:03 AM PDT by TheTruthAintPretty (G-d Bless our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, fathers and mothers in harm's way!)
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To: TheTruthAintPretty

Obviously, someone got to him and CUT THAT STRINGY HAIR.


29 posted on 06/28/2007 6:12:49 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy

I live in Hot Springs and have been following this case. It’s wonderful publicity for us, especially after the incident with people stuck on the ride at Magic Springs became the subject of Letterman’s Top 10 a few weeks ago!

First, there are 3 skateparks in Hot Springs, and all the kids know about them.

Second, these kids chose to come in a group of 10 for a national skate day, part of whose stated purpose is to reclaim skateboarding as a life of rebellion.

Third, 70 merchants who are right there on Central Avenue signed a petition in favor of the cop. Several were eyewitnesses and all agree that what is being put out there, on YouTube, for example, doesn’t accurately reflect the whole situation.

This was a deliberate, staged, act of defiance that could have ended more peaceably at any time if the kids had complied at any stage of warning.


30 posted on 06/29/2007 10:50:54 AM PDT by JohnKeble
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