Four LAPD officers have been caught on tape punching handcuffed 20 year-old Xavier College student Ron Weekly Jr. in front of his home.
Officers alleged Weekly Jr. was skateboarding on the wrong side of the street. His family contends that he was racially profiled and unneccessarily brutalized.
The video shows Weekly Jr. being punched in the face, even though he was already handcuffed and on the ground. He suffered a broken nose, broken cheek bone, and a concussion from the incident.
“During a press conference, Weekley’s lawyer Benjamin Crump said the arrest shows all of the signs of racial profiling.
‘Why did they assault and confront this college student?’ Crump asked. ‘Was it because he was on the wrong side of the road, or was it because he was the wrong color?’
Crump says that his client suffered a concussion, broken cheekbone and broken nose from the arrest. He says his office will release medical records soon. Crump says Weekley has been on a liquid diet since his arrest.
The LAPD told LA Weekly that an internal investigation into Weekley’s case is underway and that the community should ‘stay calm’ as it proceeds. There is no word on whether the officers involved in Weekley’s arrest are still on duty or on leave.”
Check out video of the incident below:
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