Is that camera on?

Baltimore cops are the coolest

I take one day off from Skate and Annoy and I’m getting pummeled by this video of a Baltimore police officer berating and briefly abusing a kid. I think he’s just pissed because he got stuck driving around in that ridiculous glorified golf cart instead of a real police cruiser. He talks about the kids disrespecting the badge and the Police Department, when really he’s more disrespectful of both by being an overweight slob and a bully. Keep watching to the very end to catch the punchline.

I actually first got this from Stephanie Murdock, president of Skatepark of Baltimore. S.O.B. (Their acronym, not my doing!) is a nonprofit organization trying to get an appropriately large, well designed and constructed skatepark built in city of Baltimore. She’s sent out a sort of a press release with some intelligent thoughts on the matter. I’ve included it with the video after the jump. Please, let’s try to discuss this constructively. If you can’t be constructive, at least be amusing.

Baltimore Police officer schools a skateboarder

Skatepark of Baltimore speaks out about the incident.

Dear Skatepark of Baltimoreans,

I am writing to discuss the “Inner Harbor Internet Incident” in which an officer is suspended after a video shows him berating a teen appears on the internet.  I am writing you as President of the “Skatepark of Baltimore” – a non profit organization whose Mission is to facilitate the construction of a pubic, concrete, destination skatepark in the City of Baltimore. I am writing you on behalf of  the 6,400 youth between the ages of 5 and 18 who compose Baltimore’s skateboarding community.  I am writing you as an advocate for Baltimore’s skateboarders who feels strongly about community issues, and the welfare and safety of those who skateboard.

This issues lies much deeper then with the police officer and the youth skateboarders in question, this issue speaks to a basic underlying needs of Baltimore’s youth and adult skateboarding community.  The popularity of Skateboarding is growing, the number of people 6 years of age or older that skateboard increased by nearly 55% from 1998 to 2003 on a national basis.*  In 2007 6,400 youth between the ages of 5 and 18 composed Baltimore’s skateboarding community.*  We owe it to our youth to provide them with appropriate facilities to recreate.  The entire skateboarding community of Baltimore is currently being underserved with the facilities we have in place and if your City dosen’t have a skatepark your City is a skatepark. The square footage of terrain needed to recreate for an audience of this size (6,400) is at least 64,000 square feet of total terrain. (SAM)  Presently Baltimore only has one public concrete outdoor skatepark, Carroll Park, which is less then 10,000 square feet.  This skatepark is the only recreational outlet available to the youth of Baltimore and past experience and frequent testimony of the parks social impact indicate that the park keeps kids off the street, in school and from engaging in illegal activities.

I am saddened by what I have read and seen of the “Inner Harbor Internet Incident.” Though all of the details remain to be seen, it is my belief that no youth illegally recreating in any manner, in any area, should ever be managed in the way I have seen in the video footage.  I have faith that the City, Police Department and the legal system will determine the best possible action, both for the responsible resolution of the incident previously mentioned and to address the needs of Baltimore’s skateboarding community.

I look forward to continuing the dialogue about this topic; I am always available for opinions, advice and expertise in the field of Skateboarding.

Youtube.com video
Baltimore Sun story

* US Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association
* Based on 2005 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau applied to the Skatepark Adoption Model (SAM)

Stephanie Murdock, MA
President, Skatepark of Baltimore

www.skateparkofbaltimore.com
www.myspace.com/skateparkofbaltimore

89 Comments

  1. That just makes me angry I can’t even hardly stand it. I feel sorry for that cops kids and wife, I’m sure they know not to talk back to the big man.

    I noticed that vid was linked to the Baltimore Sun website I can only hope that big fat f*ck gets berated everywhere he goes now.

    If that doesnt help Baltimore get a skatepark I don’t know what would. I hope they make that cop pick up garbage there.

  2. Always carry a video camera kids.

  3. DUDE! Where’s my car?

  4. can you imagine if that “dude” would have been told to fuck off like he deserved? I want to see that video.

  5. assault and theft… I guess 2 wrongs do make a right?!
    and he claims the kid was disrespecting the law. I’m sure that kid will not skate that spot again, what a joke. I say prosecute him for his crimes, out of respect for the law. I’m sure Officer Riveary wouldn’t have it any other way.

  6. JAKEANDANNOY on February 13, 2008 - Reply

    A “pubic”, concrete, destination skatepark in the city of Baltimore? Well that’s just no good Stephanie.
    We cant ride some big park made out of concrete and pubes, it’s a health violation and too risky of a design. Besides do you know how much it costs these days to build a skatepark? Let alone a pubic skatepark?! Pubes are high dollars these days, my friend. You cant just go getting them from joe blow down the street. Or can youuuuu…….

  7. JAKEANDANNOY on February 13, 2008 - Reply

    Oh yeah, and that cop is insufferable, he should be fired…like, out of a cannon.

  8. “Is that camera on?! ‘Cause if I find myself on Skate and Annoy, I will rip your head off and shit down your throat, young man!”

  9. That poor kid did nothing to constitute a verbal assault like that- I bet turing over the keys to his golf cart was painful for him. I wonder if Joey Williams is his Myspace buddy.

  10. there are more things to do (as a police officer) than arrest a skateboarder.

    USA the most dictatorial place in the world. if its not THE WAY THEY THINK , THEY SHOOT YOU DOWN.

    false freedom, false democracy.

  11. and that POLICE car is RIDICULOuS.

  12. damienhialation on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    Suspended, but I’m SURE he will get his job back, just like the cop from the “go skateboarding day” incident. I hope that dude golf cart gets ran down by a train.

  13. PIG CITY on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    Fat fuck

  14. Everyone knows that the police are just thugs that decided it a better life choice to get paid while exerting authority and bullying people. There is a fine line between a criminal and a policeman. In this case true colours were shown.

  15. [...] Jak wida? policja wsz?dzie jest taka sama. Brawo, brawo dla tego odwa?nego funkcjonariusza, który pomimo zagro?enia ?ycia zaprowadzi? porz?dek w?ród szalej?cej m?odzie?y…bez komentarza… [...]

  16. sleezyskates on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    anotha brotha down
    will we ever be free?

  17. Stephanie on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    Jakeandannoy good observation, I can’t believe I didn’t catch that before I sent the letter to the Mayor’s office, City Council and local media, oops! Maybe you could help us out and start the collection when yours grow-in! joking :)

  18. if those kids didn’t like kkkops before then they sure as hell aren’t too thrilled with them now.

    I wasn’t born with my dislike for officers of the law, they ingrained that sentiment in me through many encounters with DUDES just like Rivieri.

  19. sleezyskates on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    I wonder what Ice T think about all this..
    ON WITH THE BODY COUNT

  20. Would someone please come ram a nitestick up my ass?

  21. dude needs to lay off the roids and touching little boys.

    it’s sad when your dick’s so small you gotta beat up little boys…

  22. Steph’s just mad because those kids might stop skateing and there will be three less pre-pubescent skaters to donate to her cooze, I mean cause.

  23. derek krasauskas on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    who needs skateparks when bmore already has one of the highest STD, Murder and Heroin Rates in the US. We also have lots of dirty dirty stripclubs… WE WIN

  24. Stephanie on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    Derek and aaron flattery will get you no where

  25. Steph just called me and I was afraid to answer the phone, PUBLISHED.

  26. Stephanie on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    I bet you were

  27. That cop seems to have some major issues with ranch hands and/or ranching. I wonder what this stems from? Some childhood ranching trauma? Was it that episode of Happy Days when they went to the ranch and Joanie got stuck on that runaway wagon? I know that episode scared the crap out of me, too, but I moved on.

  28. This made me so mad. Come’on mobtown send this guy straight to hell. These kids need thearapy now. i mean I hope they don’t grow up with the same hate I have for pigs like that. How bout a bootleg sticker campain with the dudes name all over it. Think and doit.

  29. derek krasauskas on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    she was calling to see how the new OC bowl is going?

  30. derek krasauskas on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    That cop is my father and he was just doing his job by protecting the public from the horrible skateboard element within bamore city.. RESPECT THE BADGE!!! or atleast respect THE VAG!!!!

  31. joeskull on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    those kids were obviously from the county

  32. Steven Warren on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    So this is where everyone has gone?

  33. joeskull on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    Hey!! Glad you found us buddy!!

  34. WEAK!!

  35. JAKEANDANNOY on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    Sheesh, Stephanie, look at all the sexual harrassment you have garnered. I still agree with you on everything except the pubic park….and the insinuation that I have not yet developed pubes.(my mom says Im very handsome and have plenty)
    Seriously, for the most part you were articulate and supportive and fella’s; lets refrain from further comments on Steph’s(may I call you Steph? great)
    “coochie” or sex life. It’s just crude and besides, what if she skates and then you run into her at one of Baltimore’s future Pubic facilities? Then it would just be weird, especially if she rips. Then you would feel foolish,watching on the sidelines as she tears up the pubic terrain, go Steph! yaaaaay!

  36. wasn’t that cop wearing the bumble bee suit also in that lame No Rain music video by Blind Melon

  37. PRBL Says:
    February 14th, 2008 at 10:26 am

    I’m SW!

  38. ticorico on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    thats it i’m quitting drinking and drug, i’m so out of it i can hardly tell the difference between skate and annoy and criticalthrash anymore

  39. Why on earth would you do that?

  40. derek krasauskas on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    that pig is almost as old as PRBL

  41. Y’all keep picking on PRBL but he’s only 60!!

  42. derek krasauskas on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    W/O drinking and booze… Ticorico couldnt even ride a skateboard

  43. Or drive!

  44. or soar like a vulture

  45. I just saw a pic where he splits into 4 indentical people. Had to be the shrooms.

  46. I am old, I am Bitter, I am gay.

    But I am a Pro.

  47. LIES AND DECEPTION!!

  48. it is back up

  49. Stephanie on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    Isn’t this whole Inner harbor incident based around respect? Learn some.

  50. I thought it was based on a bored parking enforcement cop who’s upset that he gets laughed at in his silly car all day.

  51. derek krasauskas on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    I smoke da skin bat

  52. that makes Bozocop from Wheels of Fire look like Mother Teresa…

  53. JAKEANDANNOY on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    Cold ones; I know! WTF does he have against ranchers? At one point he asks with total contempt:
    “Are from the county”? At first I thought it was a county jail reference, then I realized he meant outside city limits. The kids should have responded by saying: “yes, Im a lineman for the county”.

  54. Stephanie on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    Cop: “Are you from the County, becasue I am, I grew up in Kingsville.”

  55. if this was a black kid, al sharpton would be drooling.

  56. Just protecting and serving right? Guy is acting like security guards I knew as a kid. Cops need to understand their fkn role in society and who funds their paycheck. They are our employees.

    He’s only picking on those kids because he thinks he can. What a bully, I wish one of those kids dads was the DA or something. How does he think those kids will ever have respect for the law after that kind of treatment. Stupid.

    He probably had other skaters run from him and tell him to fuck off so he took it out on these kids who didn’t do anything.

    Why cant people skate there anyway? Infiltrate the system, when you grow up run for office.

  57. JAKEANDANNOY on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    I didnt hear the “I grew up in Kingsville” part.
    But wtf cares? No one asked for his bio. And the whole “ranchers say dude” is just ridiculous. The term hasnt been exlusive to ranches since about a fucking century ago. Now, in this crazy age of gasoline propelled vehicles and computer invention, dude means guy and the wooden nickle is no longer considered modern currency. Also modern fact: earrings are no longer exclusive to wealthy women or pirates And the average life span exceeds 45, and mathmatics are no longer confused with sorcery, true story!

  58. Stephanie on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    he didn’t say “I grew up in Kingsville” it was jk becasue that is apparently where he grew up. Do people still say “farm hand”

  59. JAKEANDANNOY on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    Well Stephanie, when you finally tire of playing deceptive mind games you’ll realize some are proud of their “Kingsville” heritage, so much so that they would put their lives on the line to defend it. I dont know who those people would be since “Kingsville” sounds like some north eastern hick town, but Im sure htey are probably reading this and foaming at the mouth. Because Kingsville sounds like a town where hicks run rampant with rabies…Sorry, run rampant with babies, yes other peoples babies.

  60. JAKEANDANNOY on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    And yes, people still say “farmhand”. Like, just the other day my wife was saying:
    “ooooooh yeah, stick that dirty,calloused, farmhand in my butterchurn mmmmmm, yeeeesss-sir oooooooo yeaaah”.
    …And believe it or not it only got better from there.

  61. That video was awesome. The kid does have some important things to learn and work on, as does the cop.

  62. 14 year old kid vs. 17 year veteran of the force…

    Which one should have less to learn?

  63. JAKEANDANNOY on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    The ranchhand?

  64. JAKEANDANNOY on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    Oh, right.

  65. JAKEANDANNOY on February 14, 2008 - Reply

    “Duuuuuude, your being very unnn-duuuude”.
    “uley was her costar in the beaver picture”
    “you mean vagina?, I mean, you know the guy”?

  66. What would have happened if the kid called him a cobbler? Would the cop be all “I AM NOT A COBBLER!A COBBLER MAKES SHOES! DO I LOOK LIKE I HAVE A BUNCH OF GNOMES IN MY HOUSE THAT HELP ME MAKE SHOES?”

  67. Too funny Cold Ones. How about “Einstein”? “I AM NOT EINSTEIN! EINSTEIN WAS A GENIUS AND INTELLIGENT! DO I LOOK INTELLIGENT TO YOU?

  68. So are we gonna see the orbs or what? Derek said we could.

  69. today at Sunnyvale,CA skatepark a cop was writing tickets to the non-helmeted as I drove up. Good thing i had my helmet. That vid must have been an inspiration to our finest bacon packages in blue suits everywhere!

  70. Imagine if that where your kid. That hater, prick, under-layed, over-roided, Italian hot-head (did I say prick)is beyond lucky it wasn’t one of my boys. Horse head in the bed would just me a freakin’ start for that a-hole. Skate where you want when you can and give respect where respect is due. That “dude” deserves none and now gets much of his owm ‘hate’ sent right back at him. That C- average in highschool really came back to bite him in the ass. Atta boy…

  71. Who fuckin cares
    dont you all have anything better to whine about
    71 comments…lol
    get a life

  72. You just wanted to be 72. I’m down for being 73.

  73. Don’t you have anything better to do than whine about people whining?

  74. I was #1!

  75. Both the kid and the policeman are assholes.

    If you want to skate in public places, come over to Europe. As long as you don’t annoy the passerbys, it’s legal. Just don’t act disrespectful like that shitty kid if you start arguing with someone.

  76. respect my authoritI officer friendly Dude What a total dick !!!

  77. [...] Officer Salvatore Rivieri doesn’t just hate skateboarders, he apparently hates radio controlled cars, or maybe street artists or most likely [...]

  78. THAT COP MUST OF FORGOTTEN TO EAT HIS DONUT THIS MORNING, **** THAT COP HE SHOULD BE FIRED IF HE TALKED TO MY KID THAT WAY HE WOULD BE A LOT WORST OFF!!!!

  79. detroiter on February 26, 2008 - Reply

    Wow-I am a 42 yr old with kids who skate and I was stunned that this “cop” actually said what he did! I would bet there’s a reason he’s a golf cart cop and doesn’t have a real job.
    I look forward to the update where he is working at the mall.

  80. So when does the cops vs the skaters video game come out? Wii controller as nightstick.

  81. WHERE’S VIVO DEREK!?!!?!?

  82. Rasputin on May 30, 2008 - Reply

    Just another youth going through a fundamental rite of passage.

    Pretty funny that the cop asks “are you from the county or something?,” and I think the kid mumbles something about Eastern Avenue. Classic. Almost like a do-the-right-thing rip-off.

  83. DaddyYo on December 5, 2008 - Reply

    Cop should have tazed the little pricks.

  84. I agree that would have been awesome.

    He probably would have been indicted in addition to being fired, this of course before the civil suit filed by the parents for using lethal force on an unarmed minor.

    I imagine though that the defense would be that he was illegally skating and the officer felt threatened by the skateboard, but that is not what a reasonable person would attribute to a skinny girl pants 13 year old; and what reasonable people on a jury think is appropriate is typically the precedent in a hypothetical case like that, being that the defense team has a fair shake at forming the jury.

    Take into account his rap sheet of assaulting citizens and you’ve got yourself a mall security guard.

    Should have tazed the little pricks.

  85. DaddyYo on December 5, 2008 - Reply

    “I imagine though that the defense would be that he was illegally skating and the officer felt threatened by the skateboard,”

    True that. Skateboards have been used as deadly weapons.

    Tazers are not considered deadly weapons.

    I assume that you have no problems with bikes barging skateparks then?

  86. the cop is fat

  87. Rivieri is a giant prick.

    I thought America was the land of the free. What a travesty. We’re free to be a sheep, god forbid you try to skate a spot.

    I have to add that some of those videos making fun of Rivieri are absolutely brilliant. I haven’t laughed like that in a while. good job whoever made them.

  88.  I have several officer friends, as my aunt worked for the chief of police, I have nothing but the highest respect for what they risk to protect our communities but they understand that they are to be a positive and effective role models for our community.

    This “officer,” taking in account that he may have had a horrible day or felt disrespected, crossed the line.  He is a grown man who is triple the size of the child he berated.  Adults get punished for statutory rape and for disciplining their own children with a simple smack on the butt, so why is it different that this steroid induced cop get so physical with a kid for skating in a place he didn’t know he wasn’t suppose to be in or for not hearing  this officer because he was listening to music or to be shouted at to shut up when he was saying sorry.

    This officer should have been terminated without his pension or at the very least suspended without his pay to understand that adults suffer repercussions for their inappropriate actions, a “lesson” he probably felt he was teaching this kid (while verbally abusing the parenting skills of his mother/father-icing on the cake). Regardless of if he “served” his community for an extended period of time, if he is wasting his very apparent violent disciplinary skills on a child, it is not how I want my tax dollars spent.

    Even though this is one video, I doubt it was the first time this officer abused his use of power with those who don’t need it.

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