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    http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertai...,3045988.story

    A Baltimore police officer was suspended yesterday after a YouTube video surfaced on the Internet showing him berating and manhandling a teenage skateboarder at the Inner Harbor.

    On the video, the officer, Salvatore Rivieri, puts the boy in a headlock, pushes him to the ground, questions his upbringing, threatens to "smack" him and repeatedly accuses the youngster of showing disrespect because the youth refers to the officer as "man" and "dude."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GgWrV8TcUc

    At one point, Rivieri, a 17-year veteran of the force, says:

    "Obviously, your parents don't put a foot in your butt quite enough, because you don't understand the meaning of respect. First of all, you better learn how to speak. I'm not 'man.' I'm not 'dude,' I am Officer Rivieri. The sooner you learn that, the longer you are going to live in this world. Because you go around doing this kind of stuff and somebody is going to kill you."

    Sterling Clifford, a spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department and the mayor's office, said authorities have begun an internal-affairs investigation.

    "The entire incident raised red flags for all of the members of the command staff who watched the video," Clifford said.

    He said yesterday afternoon that Mayor Sheila Dixon had not seen the video, which appears to have been shot last summer, but that its contents had been described to her and that she was "very displeased."

    "We have invested a lot of time and energy in having better relations between the community and the police," Clifford said. "The bad behavior of one police officer can jeopardize a lot of hard work."

    Clifford said Rivieri's suspension entails a transfer to administrative duties with pay.

    Reached at home Sunday, Rivieri said he was not aware that the incident had been recorded or posted to a public Web site. He acknowledged having encounters with skateboarders at the Inner Harbor last summer and told a reporter that he would review the video on YouTube.

    "These kids, they've got nothing better to do," Rivieri said.

    Yesterday, after being suspended, Rivieri said, "I have no comment. Thank you."

    Attempts to e-mail the person who posted the video were unsuccessful. Police said they do not know the identity of the youth involved or who shot the video.

    Clifford said the department has tried to e-mail, through YouTube, the person who posted the video and is contacting area schools in an attempt to find the boy.

    Skateboarding is not permitted in the Inner Harbor.

    Paul Blair, head of the police union, had not seen the video but cautioned that videos show only a slice of a story. He noted that it is impossible to know what happened before or after the camera was turned on.

    The video came to the attention of the police after a Sun reporter e-mailed the link to the police Sunday morning seeking comment.

    The video was posted on YouTube on Saturday but probably was made late last summer, according to the Police Department.

    The 3 1/2 -minute video shows Rivieri walking toward a group of boys, one of whom is holding a skateboard. The boy says he did not hear an order that the officer had given him before the video starts.

    "Take the earplugs out of your ears. Can you hear me now? Hey, I'm talking to you. Can you hear me?" Rivieri says.

    Rivieri tells the boy he is not allowed to use his skateboard.

    "OK, I didn't hear you," the boy says.

    "Don't get defensive with me," Rivieri says. "You backed off me. I'm not your father. You hear me. I'm not your father. You give that attitude to your father. You give it to me and I'll smack you."

    One boy says, "I don't have a father."

    "Shut your mouth, I'm talking," Rivieri says.

    One boy repeatedly uses the word dude when addressing Rivieri, and the word becomes a point of contention.

    "Sit down. I'm not a dude," Rivieri says. He then pushes a boy to the ground and walks away with his skateboard.

    "Dude, don't take my skateboard. I didn't do anything, dude," the boy says.

    Rivieri replies: "If you call me dude one more time. ... Are you from the county or something?"

    The officer's tone becomes increasingly harsh.

    The boy, who says on the video that he is 14, says he wants to call his mother, and later the officer asks to speak with her. It is unclear whether that conversation took place.

    The person who made the video does not talk and is never identified, though at one point Rivieri addresses the person with the camera, saying, "You got that camera on? If I find myself on ... " The video cuts off before Rivieri finishes his sentence.

    Clifford said the boy never made an official complaint to the Police Department and that Rivieri has no other citizen complaints in his file.


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    Bad Cop! No Donut!!! (looks like had a few too many to begin with!)

    So...was this LEO compensating because he has to drive around in that little clown car and wear a yellow uniform with shorts?

    Granted, he is totally right in saying that the kid is disrespectful. I don't care for skaterbums either, but he clearly assaulted the kid and threw basic procedure out the window. Then he verbally threatens the kid. Kid definitely deserves a foot in his ass, but not from the cop.

    Methinks Officer Dude will be looking for a new job soon...probably as security at a landfill...

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    Follow the link and see him pictured on a bicycle.

    It is all about respect - Either we are equal or we are not. Good people ought to be armed where they will, with wits and guns and the truth. NRA *******

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    He sounds like he'd make a great Gym teacher or fry cook.

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    How is this OC or gun related?

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    LEO 229 wrote:
    How is this OC or gun related?
    1) Since we are a site dedicated to open carry, freedom, liberty, firearms and gun rights, all posts should relate in some way to one of these topics.

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    LEO 229 wrote:
    How is this OC or gun related?

    Most of us are constitutionalists, so these kinds of issues are important to most of us.

    That being said, I can see how you would be concerned about this thread. Please don't think that this is cop bashing. As you can see from the comments above, we don't think that these actions are appropriate for cops, so we don't think this guy should be a cop. We are "this-guy bashing", not "cop bashing". I don't have a problem with cops. They do a lot more for us than we pay them for. I have a problem with bad cops. That means people who wear a badge that bring dishonor and distrust to the badge.

    Anyway, don't worry. None of us associates this guy with you. We know you're one of the good ones.




    Edit to add honesty: OK, to be clear, I do have a fear of cops. I meant the above statement as a general statement to the collective opinion of this forum on cops. I personally have a fear of cops based on experience. SO when I say "I don't have a problem with cops", I guess I don't really mean that personally. I really don't have a problem with good cops. I like good cops. I have just met too many bad cops so that my initial reaction is to be affraid of cops until I can determine that they are good, rather than trusting them until they prove themselves to be bad. I know that this is prejudice, and I wish I didn't feel that way. I really do. I hate fearing cops, but I can't help what has been done to me.

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    LEO 229 wrote:
    How is this OC or gun related?
    General Discussion? dunno

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    I think we have to be careful of mission creep. This thread would be better served on a forum dedicated to general police abuse of power issues.

    Even the freedom and liberty topics on OCDO should be gun related in some fashion.

    As I have said before, the press is increasingly using OCDO as a resource. With that, we have also been tagged on several occasions as having anti-LEO tendencies and that detracts from our message.

    I am going to go ahead and close this thread and any others that seem to be too far off target. Please feel free to PM me if you think I am off-base.


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