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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

SF’s skateboarding laws could change

Supervisor John Avalos said Tuesday that he is requesting legislative analyst survey skateboarding laws in different cities in California and elsewhere in the nation “and see what we might be able to apply here.”

The request comes after two dismal videos hit the web a couple of adays ago: one in San Francisco where skateboarder are being being cited for skateboarding on the sidewalk.

The other one became a YouTube sensation after a Baltimore City Officer berated a teenage skateboarder. A lawsuit against a Baltimore City Police Officer has been thrown out by a city judge. Court records show that Baltimore Circuit Judge Evelyn Cannon granted a defense motion for summary judgement last week.

It was filed on behalf of Eric Bush, who was 14 when he was stopped by Officer Salvatore Rivieri while skateboarding at the Inner Harbor last year.

A video recorded by a friend shows the officer putting Bush in a headlock, pushing him to the ground and angrily scolding Bush for calling him "dude."

Rivieri is working as a patrol officer in a different part of the city and a discipline case against him is pending.

Meanwhile, Supervisor John Avalos is saying tha “My children are really starting to have a lot of fun with skateboards”. But after watching the video, he said he realized that “my children perhaps are maybe breaking the law. I think it’s important for us as a city understand what our laws mean towards skateboarding in terms of skateboarders’ ability to move freely about the city and to get to the places where they can skateboards, such as skateboard parks.”


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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Wednesday, October 07, 2009 


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