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Lights were recently added to the Lynch Family Skatepark, located in east Cambridge, right next to the Zakim Bridge.
The lights at Lynch Family Skate Park are officially up and running, thanks to @CambMA and @MassDCR!! As the days get shorter this fall, skaters will get to skate into the evening. pic.twitter.com/BepaVL7gIX
— CRC (@CharlesRiverCRC) August 17, 2018
“Skaters will get to skate into the evening.” As you can see it doesn’t say specifically what time the park closes. And by the looks of this viral video that was put up last night, this has caused some confusion:
A police officer came into the Boston skatepark and began to arrest skatebaoarders for skating in the Boston skatepark after 7pm… The lights were recently installed for people to skate after hours… How is this right!? from r/boston
Thank God he was white. If he wasn’t we’d have Shaun King leading a million clown march by dawn. But wait, I thought only black people were harassed by the cops when they’re not breaking the law? Social justice is confusing.
As mentioned, this was put up just last night and it’s already gotten hundreds of thousands of views on Facebook and Reddit. Here’s what we know from watching that video:
- A grown man was under arrest by a State Trooper
- Said grown man resisted arrest
- Said grown man was then thrown to the ground where he continued to resist arrest before finally being handcuffed and brought away
- His mother has not paid for his bail yet, as she is still angry with him for not making his bed in the basement and drinking all the Mountain Dew
Stop the fight!! This be police brutality y’all!!
Evidently the free muh boi mafia thinks that if you yell “Yo, let him go!!” enough times the Dindu Nuffin fairy will come and release him.
Now, I don’t know the details here and neither do all the fuck the police poonstachios throwing in their free legal advice in the comments. What I do know is there was a bunch of skateboarders there and the only one being arrested was him. If they were all breaking the law then they would all go to jail. But just one grown man did.
I also see a lot of skateboarders there. It’s fine if you want to skateboard, but we have no idea what they were doing, whether or not someone called the cops about a disturbance, whether or not they were publicly drinking, or if they’re even allowed to be there at that time.
So as usual with these viral videos, something happened before that led up to this, which conveniently was not shown. This was a comment left on the Reddit link:
It was around 8:30 pm when he began trying to arrest this kid, who had had been questioning the cop for a few minutes about him giving everyone the boot, saying he just got out of work so this was the only time he could skate, shortly after the cop wrestled the kid to the ground, another cruiser had showed up to provide “backup” and those cops just kinda sat there and watched besides help restrain the first guy. a few of the skaters were asking for his badge/name and he just ignored them.
“This was the only time he could skate.”
If you’re in your mid 30’s and skateboarding is still a priority for you after work, you may want to reevaluate some of your life choices. Just sayin.
We don’t know what happened. We don’t know what time the park officially closes on a Sunday night. We do know that he evidently had been harassing a trooper who was kicking skaters out of the park. If the trooper was wrong to do this then it’s really simple what you do – petition the City Council. Call someone tomorrow to clarify that you are or are not allowed to skateboard at that time. Hell, you can record the cops kicking you out for evidence of that. If they fucked up then it will be made clear to them and this won’t happen going forward.
But of course that’s not how Dindu Nuffins operate. They’re all experienced lawyers who think that yelling at the cops and resisting arrest are options that remain on the table.
Newsflash – he was thrown to the ground because that’s how cops are trained to arrest you when you won’t submit to arrest. As you can see, he would not put his left hand behind his back, and when the trooper went to grab it he resisted with all his skinny jean might:
“He just flipped him over for no reason!!”
Don’t be surprised when you do this and your ass gets tossed to the ground….
Once on the ground he wisely continued to resist arrest, necessitating another cop to assist him:
And of course the free muh boi iPhone investigators surrounded the trooper and yelled:
“COME ON!!! COME ON!! COME ON!!! Yo, you’re going down!!”
Which obviously helps, because according to MGL 69.69.69, “If you demand a trooper’s badge number and tell them they’re going down, they must end the arrest and apologize.”
Anyway, you come to Turtleboy for real news because we do our homework. And it took me five minutes to find the rules of all DCR parks on their website:
“Unless otherwise posted, permitted or provided, DCR property shall be open to the public from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset as published by the National Weather Service.”
Close half an hour after sunset. And what time was sunset last night?
So they were all trespassing after 6:57. This took place at 8:30.
There’s also this on the DCR website:
“All persons must adhere to any and all reasonable requests or directions of DCR personnel or law enforcement officials.”
A LEO requested that these people not be there after the park was closed. This is a reasonable request. Therefore the trooper was in the right and the skaters were in the wrong. End of story.