A 20-year-old Venice man and his family are calling for justice, claiming police pinned him to the ground and beat him after he was already subdued. KTLA spoke to Ronald Weekley Jr., who was jailed for resisting arrest, moments after he was released on Monday morning.
Weekley said he was skateboarding in front of his home Saturday afternoon when Los Angeles police officers detained him and threw him to the ground.
“I turned around to two cops running directly at me and throwing me on the ground, putting my arms behind my back and tying my legs to my arms and telling me I was resisting arrest,” Weekly recalled.
The family provided KTLA with a video of the incident, which shows four officers surrounding Weekly as he lies prone on the ground.
There is a point on the video where an officer can be seen punching Weekley in the head with his fist.
In a statement, LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith told KTLA: “An officer may use reasonable and necessary force to affect an arrest, overcome resistance or prevent the escape of a suspect.”
He added: “Use of force by offices may include striking a suspect with an officers’ fist if the suspect is resisting arrest.”
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