More Police Thuggery: Cop Attacks 14-Year-Old Skateboarder

This unhinged, power-mad member of the Baltimore Police Department, Officer Salvatore Rivieri, was suspended after an incident last year, captured on video, where he attacked a skateboarder down at the Inner Harbor, where skateboarding is banned. Rivieri, instead of simply telling them to break it up, he gives the beat-down to 14-year-old Eric Bush. (AP):

Officer Salvatore Rivieri, a 17-year-old veteran, is the subject of an internal affairs investigation, said Sterling Clifford, a spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department and the mayor's office.
"The entire incident raised red flags for all of the members of the command staff who watched the video," Clifford told The (Baltimore) Sun. The video, apparently shot last summer, shows Rivieri putting the youth, 14-year-old Eric Bush, into a headlock and pushing him to the ground.
"He was just, like, getting an attitude with me, and said he was going to slap me upside down my face, and I was just going on with it and then he tackled me," Bush told WJZ-TV.
At one point on the video, Rivieri said, "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."
OK. So the kid was rude. Why is Rivieri wasting his punk energy on this kid? All that's missing from the encounter is the officer grabbing his crotch to show Bush who's boss.

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