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LAPD under fire after violent arrest of Venice skateboarder

Ronald Weekley

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Ronald Weekley Junior (second from left) with his mother, father and sister. Weekley says police used excessive force when they arrested him August 18 in Venice.

Venice is a beach town. And that means that on any given night — especially on Saturdays — you'll see hundreds of people out and about.

"People skate, they rides bikes," said longtime resident Ronald Weekley. "And you will not see one of them stopped for skateboarding. Backwards, forwards, this side of the street, that side of the street.”

So Ronald Weekley, who’s African American, wants to know why his son was stopped. Ron Weekley Junior, a student at Xavier University, says he didn’t think officers were after him when they yelled at someone to stop as he skated home. He was walking into his apartment when he was grabbed from behind.

"The other officer put his knees on my back," Ron Weekly Jr. described. "He grabbed my hair with his left hand and beat me with his right. He hit me twice, right away ... I started screaming and yelling because I thought I was going to die."