Hot Springs Skater Manhandled By Cop Regrets Plea
Posted by jeremiasx on September 3, 2007
Thanks to Max Brantley at Arkansas Times Online for this update…
Skylar Nalls, one of the skateboarders who plea-bargained charges filed in the world-famous bust for skateboarding on Central Avenue in Hot Springs, has had second thoughts about the deal. (Nalls made the film shown here of a police officer’s takedown of a 13-year-old skateboarder.)
An e-mail being circulated with Nalls’ statement on his treatment by Hot Springs police says Nalls is majoring in history with a minor in photography. His YouTube debut as a news photographer has been viewed millions of times.
I blogged on this story a little when it first happened…then I wrote to the Hot Springs Chief of Police but never obtained a response…I’m sure he and his press secretary were probably pretty BUSY those days though. Currently, I’m glad to see that it’s not quite over yet and the fat lady hasn’t sung. I don’t believe justice has been served and I think it was dishonest the way that the city and the police department handled the incident. That cop was WAY out of line…unprofessional at best, downright incompetent and a threat to public safety more likely IMHO.
The e-mail calls for another review of police action in the case.