Saturday, January 16, 2021

Bogota police under fire over violence during global Go Skateboarding Day

Police in Colombia’s capital Bogota came under fire on Friday after a motorized policemen deliberately crashed into a skateboarder during Go Skateboarding Day.

A video that was published on social media shows how the policemen recklessly rode through the crowd at high speed and hit a innocent skater in his way, causing both to fall.

Nearby skaters immediately assaulted the cop after which his colleague, who had been riding at a safer distance from the manifestation, turned around and purposely rode over one of the men assaulting his colleague.

In a second video, which appeared to show a separate incident during the same manifestation, a policeman is seen brutally headbutting a woman while wearing a helmet.

Bogota Police commander General Hoover Penilla said Saturday that he would ask for the suspension of all three policemen who were filmed committing acts of violence during the skaters’ celebration.

“I am requesting, within my powers, that these two police officers who assaulted and ran over several citizens, the one who assaulted a woman and others who used their batons in an unauthorized manner, be provisionally suspended and dismissed from their positions.”

The police in Colombia’s capital is notorious for its abuse of power and the use of excessive force in the case of disturbances.

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Nelson is a writer for LooksDangerous and currently rides a Boosted Mini X, Exway X1 Pro and Segway ES2. Co-founder of dutch lobbygroup LegaalRijden, which focusses on legalizing ESK8 in the Netherlands.


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1 year ago

What a let down I was hoping the mob beat the one guy they got on the ground to death.

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