LA jury rejects skateboarder's suit against police

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Updated: 6/23/2014 9:58 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal jury in Los Angeles has rejected a civil rights lawsuit by a skateboarder who said police tackled and beat him, wrongly believing he was a threat because of his race.

The Los Angeles Times reports the jury on Monday unanimously rejected the lawsuit of black college student Ronald Weekley Jr., who sued police and the city.

Officers stopped Weekley in Venice in 2012 by officers for riding his skateboard on the wrong side of the street. A bystander's cellphone video appears to show that an officer punched the 20-year-old in the face while he was on the ground being handcuffed with four officers on top of him. He said he suffered a broken nose and cheekbone.

Police union president Tyler Izen says the video looked much worse than the facts.

Weekley's attorney Carl Douglas says the loss was "stunning" and no decision has been made on an appeal.

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