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Skateboarder Weekley Gets Lawyer, Puts LAPD on Blast

The face smashing of handcuffed Venice skateboarder Ronald Weekley Jr by the LAPD is now international news. Earlier today Weekley and his attorney held a press conference for the media.

From CBS News:

A skateboarder who claims police used excessive force when they arrested him has hired the attorney representing the family of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen who was shot to death by a neighborhood watch captain.

The Saturday afternoon arrest of Ronald Weekley Jr. was captured on cell phone video by a witness and shows four officers on top of the man, who is face down on a lown. One of the officers appeared to punch Weekely in the face during the struggle.

“You see on that video there were several people who witnessed what happened,” attorney Benjamin Crump said at a news conference at Westminster Baptist Church in Venice. “Nobody said that Ronald Weekley Jr. did anything to attack the police.”

Crump represents the family of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, who was shot to death in February by a neighborhood watch captain. The neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, was arrested in April after intense public outcry over the shooting.

Crump questioned why police stopped Weekley in the first place.

“Was he stopped because he was on the wrong side of the road, or was he attacked because he was the wrong color?” Crump asked.

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