Chief, Charlie Beck: STOP RACIAL PROFILING IN VENICE & LOS ANGELES
  • Petitioned Antonio Villaraigosa

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Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa
Captain - Pacific Division, LAPD
Capt. Jon Peters
LAPD Office of Inspector General
OIG LAPD
DOJ Office of Inspector General
OIG DOJ
CHIEF OF POLICE, LOS ANGELES
Chief, Charlie Beck
CA Attorney General
Kamala Harris
City Attorney, Los Angeles
Carmen Trutanich
Councilman, CD11
Bill Rosendahl

Chief, Charlie Beck: STOP RACIAL PROFILING IN VENICE & LOS ANGELES

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VENICE, Calif. (KTLA) -- A 20-year-old Venice man and his family are calling for justice, claiming police pinned him to the ground and beat him after he was already subdued.

KTLA spoke to Ronald Weekley Jr., who was jailed for resisting arrest, moments after he was released on Monday morning.

Weekley said he was skateboarding in front of his home Saturday afternoon when Los Angeles police officers detained him and threw him to the ground.

"I turned around to two cops running directly at me and throwing me on the ground, putting my arms behind my back and tying my legs to my arms and telling me I was resisting arrest," Weekly recalled.

The family provided KTLA with a video of the incident, which shows four officers surrounding Weekly as he lies prone on the ground.

There is a point on the video where an officer can be seen punching Weekley in the head with his fist.

Police claim that Weekley was resisting arrest, but he maintains he couldn't have done anything to fight back, even if he wanted to.

"With four police officers on me like they are 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."

Weekley says he suffered a broken nose, a broken cheekbone and a concussion.

"It's embarrassing, it hurts," he said, fighting back tears. "I didn't do anything. All I did was get on my skateboard."

Authorities say Weekley was wanted on three outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrants.

His father, Ron Weekley Sr., said those warrants were for violating curfew several years ago, and they were not the probable cause for the stop.

He said the arresting officer told him that he stopped his son because he was riding his skateboard on the wrong side of the street.

"In terms of this stop it's quite immaterial that Ron had warrants for curfew two or three years ago," Weekley Sr. said.

The family says that they believe Weekley was racially profiled and they're demanding justice, as well as changes within the police department.

"We want the chief of police to not only do an investigation, but we want him to train his officers better becasue they work in ethnic communities," Weekley Sr. said.

The LAPD says that the incident is being investigated by internal affairs and will be reviewed at the highest level of the department.

In a statement, LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith told KTLA: "An officer may use reasonable and necessary force to affect an arrest, overcome resistance or prevent the escape of a suspect."

He added: "Use of force by offices may include striking a suspect with an officers' fist if the suspect is resisting arrest."

Smith said he did not know if the officers involved had been put on leave.

Protesters gathered Monday afternoon at the scene at 6th and Sunset avenues in Venice, where they waved signs that said "Stop Police Brutality" and "Honk 4 Justice." Motorists passed by honking their horns in support.

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    1. VENICE COMMUNITY MEETS W/ CITY & LAPD RE: THE BEATING OF RON WEEKLEY JR

      On Tuesday, August 28, 2012 the Venice community met with representatives of the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Police Dept. to talk about police abuse and the LAPD beating of Ronald Weekley Jr.

      Video of this meeting can be viewed at <a href="http://www.spiritofvenice.net">http://www.spiritofvenice.net</a>

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    • Gustavo Perez HAWTHORNE, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Has to stop

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    • JACQUELINE GONZALEZ PALMDALE, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE MY FAMILY HAS BEEN HARRASSED IN THE VENICE COMMUNITY FOR THE PAST 40 YEARS MY GRANDPARENTS BOUGHT A THEIR FIRST HOME THERE IN 1954 WHICH BACK THEN WAS MEXICAN AMERICANS AND AFRICAN AMERICAN WHICH WAS A POOR COMMUNITY AT THE TIME I WAS RAISED THER UNTIL THE POLICE FORCED US OUT OF OUR HOME ON ABBOTT KINNEY DUE TO A PROBATE AND PEOPLE WHO WANTED US OUT OF MY GRANDPARENTS HOMESO THEY CAN TURN IT INTO A PARKING LOT OR A UPCOMING HOTEL TO HOUSE THE RICH AND DRUNK PEOPLE WHO COULD AFFORD TO HAVE A BLAST ON 1033 ABBOTT KINNEY THEY PROPERTY THEY HARRASSED US TO GET OUT OF......HOW DARE THEY TREAT PEOPLE AND MY FAMILY OUT THE COMMUNITY WE HAVE GROWN TO LOVE AND CALLED HOME FOR SO MANY YEARS ....

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    • Brian James COMPTON, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      this could have been me or someone in my family and if we dont stand together now it will never stop

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    • Catherine Boone SPARTANBURG, SC
      • over 1 year ago

      This is important to me because no matter where you live in this country, the police officers need to treat everyone equally. I used to live in Venice Beach and I love and miss it very much, but hearing about this abuse of power saddens me deeply. How can any person trust the police to protect them if these terrible incidents are taking place? Please train your officers properly! This kind of police behavior is unacceptable, and should not be tolerated! It's a new generation, the news goes global instantly, I now live across the country and am ashamed of the LAPD for these kinds of injustices against people of color! I thought the LAPD was better than that! Shame on you!

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    • Beth Allyn VENICE, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      The Equal Protection Clause, part of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

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