Did This LEO Go Overboard While Dealing With Skateboarder?

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    Did This LEO Go Overboard While Dealing With Skateboarder?

    FARK.com: Fark YouTube Player (3393308) Baltimore's finest calmly and politely asks a skateboarder to leave

    Watch the video first, and then read the update here:

    Inner Harbor incident hits Internet -- baltimoresun.com

    Let me know what you think. I am especially interested in views from current/former LEO's.

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    that LEO definitely crossed the line. over zealous cops were something i had to deal with growing up; i was a skater kid, too. you'd think LEOs would have other, better things to do than chase down skateboarders.

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    Not an LEO, but I'm a dad, and I'd say this officer cares about these kids more than is good for his career. If he didn't care, he wouldn't have made such a fuss. Bottom line is the kid needs some good parenting, but the officer probably would have been fine sans the headlock.

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    From the video only, which may not show the whole incident, I would say that the officer did overreact. Yelling at, but especially going hands-on with anyone who has not shown any aggression or resistance, but especially a juvenile, is a very bad idea in the digital age. Reading the article afterward, I was surprised to see that the officer has not had any other complaints in his 17 yr. career. Makes me think that that the officer is probably going through issues at home with his own family that affected him at work. OMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by jahwarrior72 View Post
    that LEO definitely crossed the line. over zealous cops were something i had to deal with growing up; i was a skater kid, too. you'd think LEOs would have other, better things to do than chase down skateboarders.
    As an adult now, certainly you understand the liability these kids put on property owners as well as the destruction that come with repeated grinds and slides on surfaces that were never intended for such uses. Officers are just responding to citizen complaints.

    As for the officer, yes it appears he went overboard, but the video is cropped from the middle of the encounter.
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    I'm not against 'helping' kids to learn about respect...I do it every day...but the adult in the situation (including this one) must do it in a respectful way. Verbal force, respectfully used, can be very effective.
    You don't force respect, you earn it by being fair, firm, and consistent.

    This cop appears to have worked himself up to a challenge that has not presented itself...OMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mulle46 View Post
    From the video only, which may not show the whole incident, I would say that the officer did overreact. Yelling at, but especially going hands-on with anyone who has not shown any aggression or resistance, but especially a juvenile, is a very bad idea in the digital age. Reading the article afterward, I was surprised to see that the officer has not had any other complaints in his 17 yr. career. Makes me think that that the officer is probably going through issues at home with his own family that affected him at work. OMO
    Yeah I would like to see the incident from the begining and not just the part where the officer is yelling at the kid.
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    As an LEO, I understand the officer's sentiment very well, but he went overboard, especially going hands-on with this 14 year old. I think he needs to take a few days off and relax. The job can get to you.
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    I can't say that the LEO was justified but from the experiences I have had with skateboarders I would say that he was probably taking it easy on them. Around here skateboarders have a bad reputation and well deserved but I am just an old fogey who thinks kids should respect their elders and other people's property.

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    I agree with respecting elders...but LEOs are suppose to be a voice of calm, in control at all times. This guy was out of control...hence, his suspension. I suspect that he has a track record, despite no formal complaints.

    At first, I thought it was staged until I read the article...how could he not know he was being taped?

    I think he crossed the line and taught/instilled nothing but "fear" to the youth...not respect...not positive and sound relationship to the adults of tomorrow.

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    Officer Farva and his department has a lawsuit in their future.

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    I've seen another one sort of like this except that the kids were being aggressive,belligerent, and evasive; first I assumed it was the same based on the title. This almost looks fabricated.

    "You got that camera on? If I find myself on..." I wonder if he finished that with 'the internet, Ima shove..." He realized he was caught. 10% of all groups.
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    He was way out of line and doesn't help the LEO's of Baltimore look good. If I saw him on tape do that to my kid we would definatly have words. The kid was 14! Was clearly not a threat. Maybe he has his own fatherly issues that need to be addressed.

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    I think someone got beat up on the playground by a skateboarder when he was in junior high.. resenting it his whole life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    As for the officer, yes it appears he went overboard, but the video is cropped from the middle of the encounter.
    It seems these type of videos usually are... I wonder why?

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