15 Feb 2008 13:33:54
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cop beats up teen skateboarder

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bal-
te.md.officer12feb12,0,2952754.story?page=1

A Baltimore police officer was suspended yesterday after a YouTube video
surfaced on the Internet showing him berating and manhandling a teenage
skateboarder at the Inner Harbor.

On the video, the officer, Salvatore Rivieri, puts the boy in a
headlock, pushes him to the ground, questions his upbringing, threatens
to "smack" him and repeatedly accuses the youngster of showing
disrespect because the youth refers to the officer as "man" and "dude."

At one point, Rivieri, a 17-year veteran of the force, says:
"Obviously, your parents don't put a foot in your butt quite enough,
because you don't understand the meaning of respect. First of all, you
better learn how to speak. I'm not 'man.' I'm not 'dude,' I am Officer
Rivieri. The sooner you learn that, the longer you are going to live in
this world. Because you go around doing this kind of stuff and somebody
is going to kill you."

Sterling Clifford, a spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department and
the mayor's office, said authorities have begun an internal-affairs
investigation.

"The entire incident raised red flags for all of the members of the
command staff who watched the video," Clifford said.

He said yesterday afternoon that Mayor Sheila Dixon had not seen the
video, which appears to have been shot last summer, but that its
contents had been described to her and that she was "very displeased."

"We have invested a lot of time and energy in having better relations
between the community and the police," Clifford said. "The bad behavior
of one police officer can jeopardize a lot of hard work."

Clifford said Rivieri's suspension entails a transfer to administrative
duties with pay.

Reached at home Sunday, Rivieri said he was not aware that the incident
had been recorded or posted to a public Web site. He acknowledged having
encounters with skateboarders at the Inner Harbor last summer and told a
reporter that he would review the video on YouTube.

"These kids, they've got nothing better to do," Rivieri said.

Yesterday, after being suspended, Rivieri said, "I have no comment.
Thank you."

Attempts to e-mail the person who posted the video were unsuccessful.
Police said they do not know the identity of the youth involved or who
shot the video.

Clifford said the department has tried to e-mail, through YouTube, the
person who posted the video and is contacting area schools in an attempt
to find the boy.

Skateboarding is not permitted in the Inner Harbor.

Paul Blair, head of the police union, had not seen the video but
cautioned that videos show only a slice of a story. He noted that it is
impossible to know what happened before or after the camera was turned
on.

The video came to the attention of the police after a Sun reporter e-
mailed the link to the police Sunday morning seeking comment.

The video was posted on YouTube on Saturday but probably was made late
last summer, according to the Police Department.

The 3 1/2 -minute video shows Rivieri walking toward a group of boys,
one of whom is holding a skateboard. The boy says he did not hear an
order that the officer had given him before the video starts.

"Take the earplugs out of your ears. Can you hear me now? Hey, I'm
talking to you. Can you hear me?" Rivieri says.

Rivieri tells the boy he is not allowed to use his skateboard.

"OK, I didn't hear you," the boy says.

"Don't get defensive with me," Rivieri says. "You backed off me. I'm not
your father. You hear me. I'm not your father. You give that attitude to
your father. You give it to me and I'll smack you."

One boy says, "I don't have a father."

"Shut your mouth, I'm talking," Rivieri says.

One boy repeatedly uses the word dude when addressing Rivieri, and the
word becomes a point of contention.

"Sit down. I'm not a dude," Rivieri says. He then pushes a boy to the
ground and walks away with his skateboard.

"Dude, don't take my skateboard. I didn't do anything, dude," the boy
says.

Rivieri replies: "If you call me dude one more time. ... Are you from
the county or something?"

The officer's tone becomes increasingly harsh.

The boy, who says on the video that he is 14, says he wants to call his
mother, and later the officer asks to speak with her. It is unclear
whether that conversation took place.

The person who made the video does not talk and is never identified,
though at one point Rivieri addresses the person with the camera,
saying, "You got that camera on? If I find myself on ... " The video
cuts off before Rivieri finishes his sentence.

Clifford said the boy never made an official complaint to the Police
Department and that Rivieri has no other citizen complaints in his file.
--
Rob Cypher
robcypher.livejournal.com
aka "Ben" the dxm abuser on A&E's _Intervention_
RESISTANCE IS FUTILE - YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED


16 Feb 2008 09:14:15
Restless Fingers Syndrome
Re: cop beats up teen skateboarder

* wrote:
> http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bal-
> te.md.officer12feb12,0,2952754.story?page=1
>
> A Baltimore police officer was suspended yesterday after a YouTube video
> surfaced on the Internet showing him berating and manhandling a teenage
> skateboarder at the Inner Harbor.
>
>
>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60XZIuUjHO4&feature=related


Dude: If the officer was enforcing a no skater board rule, then he did
right. Maybe not perfect, but being a cop is a tough job.
Many cities do not allow skaters due to injury liability and property
damage, and simply because they are annoying, a nuisance, and a pain in
the ass.

Dude: You forget what it's like to be 14 ! dude.

Look man, sometimes rules have to explained the hard way. If that
includes a beat down, dude ... the kid was playing stupid, not knowing
or hearing what he was told to stop. I'm siding with the cop unless
there is proof he just randomly picked on the skater dude.

life has rules.


16 Feb 2008 07:58:36
Foon
Re: cop beats up teen skateboarder

* says...
>
>http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bal-
>te.md.officer12feb12,0,2952754.story?page=1
>
>A Baltimore police officer was suspended yesterday after a YouTube video
>surfaced on the Internet showing him berating and manhandling a teenage
>skateboarder at the Inner Harbor.

Kids lucky the cop didn't think he was a crack head.
Otoh, I saw a clip of the kid's Mom who is a total Milf but she looks like she's
positioning herself to bring a big publicity seeking lawsuit against the city.
If she wins look for a huge invasion of skaters down at the Inner Harbor. You
may even see this guy trying his luck to enhance his retirement nest egg.

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a358/wfover/thermos/DSC00019.jpg

-Foon



16 Feb 2008 10:32:39
Re: cop beats up teen skateboarder

On Feb 16, 9:14=A0am, Restless Fingers Syndrome <r...@fingers.com >
wrote:
> * wrote:
> >http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bal-
> > te.md.officer12feb12,0,2952754.story?page=3D1
>
> > A Baltimore police officer was suspended yesterday after a YouTube video=

> > surfaced on the Internet showing him berating and manhandling a teenage
> > skateboarder at the Inner Harbor.
>
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D60XZIuUjHO4&feature=3Drelated
>
> Dude: If the officer was enforcing a no skater board rule, then he did
> right. Maybe not perfect, but being a cop is a tough job.
> Many cities do not allow skaters due to injury liability and property
> damage, and simply =A0because they are annoying, a nuisance, and a pain in=

> the ass.
>
> Dude: You forget what it's like to be 14 ! dude.
>
> Look man, sometimes rules have to explained the hard way. If that
> includes a beat down, dude ... the kid was playing stupid, not knowing
> or hearing what he was told to stop. I'm siding with the cop unless
> there is proof he just randomly picked on the skater dude.
>
> life has rules.

The cop needs to do his job. If the kid was breaking the law, arrest
him.
File a report and be done with it.
The courts will dispense punishment, not an idiot cop.
If he wants to be a judge, he should finish high school
and go to law school.
This cop has a little man complex.
He's a sociopathic punk who needs to be bounced off the force.


16 Feb 2008 13:09:53
Re: cop beats up teen skateboarder

compton75@hotmail.com wrote:
>> life has rules.

>
> The cop needs to do his job. If the kid was breaking the law, arrest
> him.

geez .. I was beat by nuns' wearing penguin robes and
it never really fucked my head up too fucking BAD as an adult.


> This cop has a little man complex.

Partially agree. then again ... he has to deal with smart ass kids
dat give d'man no respect in own damn 'dhood. Smack downs are just
not politically correct anymore.

> He's a sociopathic punk who needs to be bounced off the force.


It was kind hard to tell which one was 14 !