Aha. So I saw the YouTube of the officer that went dead off on a skateboard kid. It's hilarious that right at the end of the video he asks if the camera is on. It sounds like he's about to say "If I find myself on YouTube.." and considering the abuse he heaps on the kid, some further abuse is forthcoming. I've been hearing about this deal in the sphere, but never paid it any mind all last week.
The first thing I thought when I watched the video was that this cop was a rookie. Because one of the first things cops learn as a rookie is that you are not allowed to take any shit from anyone. Never. Not one inch. You are the law and people are not at liberty to disrespect the law. So as he came out of his 'dont disrespect me, this badge or the department' thing I said - ahh rookie.
The video is kind of shocking, but the more I listen to it, the more I side with the cop. The kid loses his skateboard and gets a verbal beatdown and has to deal with his mother being called by the cop. It's rather obvious that the kid could have been cited for boarding there - can't tell if he was arrested or not. You definitely need the PR from the department's standpoint that the officer gets suspended.
But what really went down? A kid learning in no uncertain terms that the chubby man in yellow driving an electric scooter is not to be trifled with. Yes, precisely because he is an officer of the law.
It turns out that Officer Rivieri is a veteran on the force, which implies to me that when he said that the kid needs to learn about respect if he expects to live long in this world, that Rivieri has probably seen some ugly shit. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if he had to deal with some grave situation recently. Anyway.
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