Alleged police abuse victim Ron Weekley Jr. revealed more devastating details Tuesday about the violent arrest that was captured on camera over the weekend.
In a news conference, 20-year-old Weekley broke down in tears as he described the police's violent tactics. Los Angeles Times has the details:
“I was opening the door to my apartment when I was attacked from behind. They grabbed my hair and my back and tried to smash my face into the ground,” he said. “I started screaming and yelling because I thought I was going to die.”
"The next thing I remember was being in the back of the car, asking 'Why me? Why did I get stopped?'" Weekley said. He said the officer called him a "dumb ass" and said he didn't stop at the stop sign.
The college student, who attends Xavier University in Louisiana, has hired civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump to represent him. Crump also represents the family of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin, who was allegedly shot by a volunteer watchman while walking around in his own neighborhood.
Crump also spoke out during the press conference, questioning why Weekley, who is accused of skateboarding on the wrong side of the street, was even detained by the police 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?” asked Crump.
LAPD spokesman Cmdr. Andrew Smith told ABC-7 that the video filmed by bystanders shows only the last part of the arrest, not the part when Weekley allegedly used force against officers. Cmdr. Smith also said that police discovered Weekley has three outstanding misdemeanor warrants when he was arrested Saturday.
Crump acknowledged the warrants, but said they were for infractions like curfew violations and driving without a license. He also revealed plans to take legal action against the LAPD on behalf of Weekley.
Weekley was arrested and held down by several officers outside his home in Venice, Calif. Saturday evening. Bystanders captured the violent encounter on a cellphone camera, and footage has been picked up by nationwide news outlets.
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The community has planned a rally in support of Weekley near the site of the arrest at 4 p.m. Organizer Najee Ali, executive director of Project Islamic H.O.P.E., told the Times, “Racial profiling is real ... We want to make it clear that we will not accept that."
Earlier on HuffPost:
In this 1991 video, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/28/us/rodney-king-profile/" target="_hplink">Rodney King is beaten</a> by a group of police officers. It is known as one of the most infamous police brutality cases, and the acquittal of the officers involved, one year later, sparked the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/la-riots/" target="_hplink">Los Angeles riots</a>.
In this 2006 video,<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/10/AR2006111001666.html" target="_hplink"> William Cardenas is seen being beaten by two LAPD officers</a>. Cardenas was reportedly resisting arrest after being seen drinking a beer on the sidewalk. The use of excessive force was deemed appropriate, but led to national news coverage of Copwatch initiatives.
May Day Melee
This 2007 video was filmed at a May Day rally in MacArthur Park where undocumented immigrants were rallying for amnesty. Approximately 600 LAPD, both in helicopters and on the ground, began to descend on the area after declaring the event an unlawful assembly.
May Day Melee
In response to the excessive force used by the LAPD at the May Day Melee, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa personally oversaw the investigation and Police Chief William Bratton announced an attempt at reorganizing the LAPD. The city was ordered to pay <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2009/feb/05/local/me-lapd-settlement5" target="_hplink">$12.85 million in a class action lawsuit</a> to the people who were hurt.
City Bus Abuse
From the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsW23kbVLs0" target="_hplink">UnivisionNews1</a> channel on YouTube: <blockquote>A cell phone camera caught the moment when an LAPD officer struck a mentally ill woman aboard a city bus. They were called in after she displayed erratic behavior. Civil rights activists argue he used excessive force and demand an investigation.</blockquote>
Hollywood Blvd Counter-Protest
In this 2008 video, counter-protesters along the sidewalks gathered on Hollywood Boulevard as the Minuteman civilian border patrol group marched in the streets. When counter-protesters tried to join in the march, police stopped them because they did not have a permit, while the Minutemen did. ABC Los Angeles notes that sometimes, <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local&id=4349432" target="_hplink">the police used force</a> to keep counter-protesters from the street.
In this video from <a href="http://policeabuse.com/" target="_hplink">PoliceAbuse.com</a>, we learn about Diop Kamau (also know as Don Jackson), a former Police Sergeant Detective with the Hawthorne Police Department who went undercover to expose racism and violence in his own police department. Kamau went on to become the founder and executive director of the Police Complaint Center and the CEO of PoliceAbuse.com. Kamau has made it his mission to identify, investigate and reform police misconduct.
In this 2002 video by Mitchell Crooks, officers from both the LA County Sheriff's Department and the Inglewood Police Department are seen using excessive force against Donovan Jackson, a 16-year-old who suffers from a developmental disability. Jackson's father's car was unregistered, which is why the police stopped them. The video begins with Donovan face down, handcuffed on the asphalt. Moments later he is unconscious due to the way the officers were pulling on the chain he was wearing. This case had major reverberations throughout Inglewood. Following the trial of the police officers, two white police officers filed a discrimination suit against the city for being treated more harshly than their black counterparts. <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2005/mar/08/local/me-donovan8" target="_hplink">They won $2.4 million</a>. <a href="http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C04E3DC163CF93AA35750C0A9639C8B63&ref=donovanjackson" target="_hplink">Donovan's family eventually settled</a> with the City of Inglewood for an undisclosed sum. The City of Inglewood and LA County never admitted any wrongdoing or liability.
In this 2011 video,<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/21/kelly-thomas-death-police-charged_n_974237.html" target="_hplink"> Kelly Thomas is seen beaten to death</a> by members of the Fullerton Police Department who were responding to the scene after someone called in a robbery. Officer Ramos can be heard saying, <a href="http://documents.latimes.com/charges-kelly-thomas-police/" target="_hplink">"Now see my fists? They are getting ready to fuck you up,"</a> to Thomas before beating him. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/21/kelly-thomas-death-police-charged_n_974237.html" target="_hplink">Ramos was later charged with murder</a>. Cpl. Jay Cicinelli faces manslaughter charges. A trial is pending.