Posted by:on August 13th, 2007
When I went to college (the first time…) we had a nickname for the mindless goons and frat boys thugs that used to clog up the campus. We called them Joey Neckchains after the gold chains that were inevitably peaking out of their Izod shirts with the collar flipped up. Now, I suspect we’d have to change that to Joey Williams. There were protests and such after he was reinstated to his job on the police force after being cleared of wrong doing, in spite of being caught on tape acting like a bully instead of a police man. I’m of the position that just because someone acts like an idiot, a policeman’s job is to not act like an even bigger jackass. Surely his skin is thick enough and he possesses enough self control to not let a teenager get the better of him. I guess not. Scary thing is, that guy has a gun. Awesome. Anyway, I need to stop Jason Waite from littering the comments on Skate and Annoy with his petition spam, so check out the movement to get the Hot Springs, Arkansas Police Department to reopen the investigation. Yeah… Good luck with that. Tell you what, I’ll learn inverts and kickflips if you get that accomplished. Keep me posted.
Protests against Joey Williams reinstatement.
“About 25 protesters kept their rides in their hands Sunday as they marched down a Central Avenue sidewalk. They were abiding by a city ordinance that bars skateboarding on downtown sidewalks.”
– What? No “ride-in?” And you call that civil disobedience?
“‘Police brutality is bad for business,’ the boarders chanted…”
– ‘Eat Me!’ chanted the Police Department…
The Petition to reopen the investigation
Jason Waite is the young go-getter behind this petition. Jason, we applaud your efforts, but next time, get someone to proof read it for you and you’ll get better results.
Read the petition and visit www.myspace.com/unitedaid and you’ll be suprised the hype and publicity that this story is garnering. Please also read this petition below, sign it, and so what you guys in the skateboarding industry can do what you need to do with it. Please also feel free toÂ foward it to any and everyone.
New Petition On Hot Springs, Arkansas Police Officer To Be Re-Investigated Once Again
Friday 8/10/07 Breaking News
Hold Hot Springs, Arkansas Officer Joey Williams Accountable Petition
To: Hot Springs, Arkansas Police Department
We as a united global community are standing up firm against the Hot Springs, Arkansas Police Department for their allowance of Officer Joey Williams to return and remain on the police force- despite what many in the global community are calling “police brutality” and “excessive force.”
As you may already know or may have already heard, many peoples throughout the world have been, and are, appalled and outraged over the recent viral video which has been posted on youtube.com. Not to mention, many peoples throughout the world are also outraged at the Hot Springs Police Department’s reaction of quickly returning to duty Officer Joey Williams despite over whelming dissent and calls for his immediate termination.
The popular youtube video shows clearly several Hot Springs, Arkansas youths plagued by what again many are calling “police brutality” and “excessive force”. This event took place in what has historically been a popular down town tourist area in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
We as a united global community have therefore decided to demand the Hot Springs Police Department re-investigate the actions of Officer Joey Williams, and to hold him to a fair and fully accountable investigative trial.
This extremely popular series of youtube videos has set several amazing records for viewership, with a whopping and continuously growing 2,000,000+ views and growing everyday!
You can find this popular video by simply searching under skateboarders, skateboard, hot springs skateboarders, police brutality, and or other various search words and phrases. There are many versions and many different peoples commenting about this video on line.
In addition to the many versions of the video on the internet, the event has garnered a mass array of media coverage throughout mainstream television and other grassroots media sources- CNN, Fox, arkansas.indymedia.org, and the extremely popular activist myspace page www.myspace.com/unitedaid to name a few.
Here Is What Are We Demanding From You The Hot Springs, Arkansas Police Department:
1. We hereby demand you the Hot Springs, Arkansas Police Department to come forth with an official apology to the world via the skateboarders and their families and friends for whom have had to courageously go through this atrocious event.
2. We also hereby demand Officer Joey Williams to be re-investigated, and NOT to return to the City of Hot Springs, Arkansas Police Department for the general well being and welfare of our concerned Hot Springs, Arkansas citizens and united global peoples.
We as a community will NOT stop speaking out about this event till ALL these demands are carried out to the full. We also ask that these demands be carried out quickly and publicly, before the one year anniversary of this atrocious event June 21, 2008.
We will also be doing our part by exercising our freedom of speech rights via phone calls, emails, and even faxes to you the Hot Springs, Arkansas Police Department.
We understand these to be your contacts:
Chief of Police: Bobby Southard
Public Information Cpl. Means
Phone: (501) 321-6789
Fax: (501) 321-6708
Hot Springs Police Department
Chief of Police, Bobby Southard
641 Malvern Avenue
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901
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