Civil Liberties

Protest Planned to Support Skateboarder Beaten by Police

He was skating on the wrong side of the road.


Protesters planned to rally Wednesday afternoon in support of a Venice skateboarder whose arrest by police has galvanized criticism of the LAPD.

Ronald Weekley Jr. was arrested Saturday outside his apartment building in a confrontation that was caught on cellphone video.

A 20-year-old student at Xavier University in New Orleans who was home for summer, Weekley said he did not know officers were calling to him as he skateboarded on the wrong side of the street.