Crime

Tampa Police Picking On 15 Year Old

by The Editors on May 23, 2016

You have to wonder how the Tampa Police Department can protect its citizens when their officers can’t even throw a waif of a 15-year-old kid on the ground without tripping themselves and falling in the gutter. Seriously. Is that cop impaired?

The teen is 15 years old, stands about 5’4″ and weighs maybe 120 pounds, said Patrick van Kampen, 18, who was part of about a dozen skateboarders skating on a public street that was closed off to traffic in downtown Tampa on Saturday. He also said there were no signs forbidding skateboarding.

It seems like cops are always roughest on the people who can’t fight back. Cop #1 is likely blaming the kid (who was reportedly held for 12 hours) for his sore back. For more on the story, click the link.

[Link: Photography Is Not A Crime]

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The Dreaded Freeway Skateboarding Epidemic

by The Editors on May 10, 2016

Was it the iconic Go Skateboarding Day image that caused all this? Or, could it be that Southern California traffic has gotten so bad that people refuse to simply sit in their cars for hours at a time. Having had personal experience with the California Highway Patrol and their strangely flawed belief that they do indeed personally own the freeways of California we can say this, just don’t get caught. If you don’t believe us, ask Don Brown.

[Link: LA Times]

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The Lunada Bay Boys Dragged Into Court

by The Editors on March 30, 2016

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The Palos Verdes Estates, California men (known as the “Bay Boys“), who have been “protecting” their Lunada Bay surf spot for years by harassing outsiders, vandalizing cars, and threatening violence, are in the process of getting sued. The plaintiffs have even included Palos Verdes Estates Police Chief Jeff Kepley in the lawsuit, according to a post on CurbedLA.

In spite of new Palos Verdes Estates Police Chief Jeff Kepley’s promises to crack down on the Bay Boys, the suit alleges that the harassment of outsiders has continued under Kepley’s watch and names him as a defendant, along with the city of Palos Verdes Estates. “Defendant Kepley has failed to enforce the State’s laws when it comes to crimes committed… against visiting beachgoers,” the suit claims. . . The suit goes on to accuse the city of Palos Verdes Estates of tolerating and even indirectly encouraging the Bay Boys’ exclusive practices. It states that the city “considers non-residents ‘riffraff'” and that through “complicit approval and deliberate indifference” to the behavior of the surfers, the city denies visitors access to publicly owned land.

Will be interesting to see how this one goes in court. As they say, “There’s no law against being an asshole.”

[Link: CurbedLA]

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The Deluxe Ticket Relief Fund Can Help

by The Editors on February 9, 2016

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Got a ticket for skateboarding lately? Well, REAL, Antihero, Krooked, Spitfire, Thunder and Venture are here to help the The Ticket Relief Fund.

Bring your ticket into a participating shop (click here for the list) and if you’re one of the first two tickets in the shop you’ll get a ticket relief packet including $25 cash. For the official word from Deluxe please follow the jump or click here.

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One Dead In New Year’s Skatepark Stabbing

by The Editors on January 6, 2016

Twenty-year-old Jonathan Douglin is dead after being stabbed during an altercation during a party at the EightSixty Custom skateboard shop in Hartford, Connecticut, according to a story in the Hartford Courant.

Two witnesses told Hartford detectives that they were at a New Year’s party at EightSixty Custom, a skateboard shop and indoor skateboard park at 41 Francis Ave., when Douglin accidentally bumped into Tequile Walwyn, 19, according to the warrant for Walwyn’s arrest. It was during the shoving match that followed that Walwyn thrust a knife into Douglin’s chest, puncturing his heart, according to the warrant. . . A friend of Walwyn told police that after the confrontation, Walwyn had a green folding knife and said to him, “I had no choice. I had to poke him.”

Gotta wonder about a kid who brings a knife to a New Year’s Eve party.

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Fernandez, Dadd Charged For Sex Crime

by The Editors on December 17, 2015

fernandez_mugTMZ is reporting that Steven Fernandez, 15, a.k.a. Baby Scumbag was arrested on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 along with his manager Jose Barajas and pro skater Kellan Dadd, 27, for “for sexual exploitation of a 12-year-old” girl.

Law enforcement tells TMZ … Fernandez met a 12-year-old girl in his hometown of Compton last month and allegedly promised he’d introduce her to big name celebs in exchange for sexual acts. We’re told the girl agreed and a sexual act was committed. . . Cops were alerted shortly after and LAPD officers arrested Fernandez and 2 adults — his manager Jose Barajas and another skater, 27-year-old Keelan Dadd. We’re told all 3 were booked for sexual exploitation of a 12-year-old.

Since then Dadd’s attorney told TMZ that, “Dadd was not present during any of the events and had no knowledge of the allegations being made. ”

Fernandez’s attorney says Fernandez “was victimized by the other adults involved much like the alleged victim was taken advantage of. He says Barajas and Dadd preyed on Steven’s celebrity status and not all of the facts of the investigation have been laid out.”

 

[Link: TMZ via SkateDaily]

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Johnny Boy Gomes Arrested For Assault

by The Editors on December 9, 2015

web1_20151209_brk_jbg01-1Hawaiian surfer Johnny Boy Gomes, 50, was arrested for assault on Sunday, December 6, 2015 after reportedly holding a 56-year-old surfer’s head underwater after the two of them “got into an argument” in the line up at Waikiki Beach on Saturday, according to a story in the Star-Advertiser.

John “Johnny Boy” Gomes was charged with third-degree assault on Saturday and posted $2,000 bail, according to Hawaii News Now.

Gomes was originally arrested for attempted murder, but the charger were lowered to assault. One more reason not to have words with Johnny Boy in the lineup.

[Link: Star-Advertiser]

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Woman Waves Knife At Cowtown Skate Shop

by The Editors on November 19, 2015

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After a Cowtown Skateboards shop manager asked a disruptive woman to leave their Tempe, Arizona location on November 14, 2015 she returned with a knife and began waving it the manager, according to a  story in the State Press.

Although the woman left the store, she returned to stand in front of the business only to continue being loud and was told to leave once again, police reported. . . The woman presented a knife in a stabbing gesture with the sharp edge pointed toward the manager, according to the report. The manager believed he would be stabbed by the woman and held a skateboard in front of himself for defense, police reported.

Luckily, no one was hurt and the woman was booked into the Tempe City Jail on “aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct” charges.

[Link: State Press]

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Pappas Arrested For Attempted Murder

by The Editors on November 2, 2015

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George Pappas, 51, former professional snowboarder and skateboard slalom racer from Colorado, has been arrested for attempted murder after being accused of crashing his car in an effort to kill his long-time girlfriend on October 12, 2015, according to a story in the Daily Camera.

According to an arrest affidavit, the woman said she and Pappas had been in a relationship for six years, but that, recently, they had been fighting frequently, including an argument the night before the crash. . . While driving north on 28th Street, the woman told police Pappas suddenly reached over and unbuckled her seatbelt and then began driving erratically. . . He drove into the bus-only lane at Valmont Road at more than 50 mph, then “looked at the pole, saw a target and aimed for it,” according to the affidavit.

The woman, who was able to walk away from the wreck, said this was the second time Pappas had tried to crash the car with her in it. According to the article Pappas has an “extensive criminal history.” If found guilty Pappas could face up to 24 years in prison. He is currently being held on $100,000 bail.

[Link: Daily Camera]

 

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NYC Cop Chokehold vs. Skateboarder

by The Editors on October 28, 2015

You’d really think that by now both sides of this interaction should know better. . .

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