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August 25, 2010

Baltimore cop who berated skateboarder fired

Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III this morning fired the city officer who was caught on video berating and pushing a 14-year-old skateboarder at the Inner Harbor three years ago.

A department spokesman confirmed the personnel action but refused to comment further. The spokesman said the officer, Salvatore Rivieri, was told of the termination during a meeting with Bealefeld at 9:30 this morning at headquarters.

Last month, a three-member police panel called a trial board held a hearing and found Rivieri, a 19-year veteran, guilty of failing to issue the youth a citizen contact receipt and failing to file a report, but not guilty of using excessive and unncessary force and uttering a discourtesy.

The panel recommended that Bealefeld suspend Rivieri for several days. But Bealefeld has the discretion to up the penalty, and he opted to fire the officer whose actions were displayed on video and seen around the world.

Here's more from the most recent Baltimore Sun story:

The video, which was posted online by one of the skateboarder's friends, became an Internet sensation in part because of Rivieri's rant on the ever-contentious topic of whether teens pay enough deference to authority. Rivieri became enraged when Eric Bush, listening to an iPod, appeared to ignore him and later repeatedly referred to the officer as "dude" and "man."

At one point, Rivieri told Bush: "Don't get defensive with me, son, or you'll spend some time in juvenile. You aren't allowed to ride your skateboards down here, nowhere."

Then, Rivieri went on his now-famous rant:

"Obviously your parents don't put a foot in your butt quite enough because you don't understand the meaning of respect," the officer screamed at Bush. "First of all, you better learn how to speak. I'm not 'man.' I'm not 'dude.' I am Officer Rivieri, and the sooner you learn that the longer you're going to live in this world. You go around doing this kind of stuff, somebody's going to kill you."

Posted by Peter Hermann at 12:29 PM | | Comments (138)
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The firing of this police officer seems a bit harsh. I watched the Youtube video, and it's not flattering to the police officer for sure. But the kid was also a bratty little punk. I would be ashamed if I was that kid's parent.

he should not have been fired. The officer shouldn't have said a few things but so what it's not the end of the world for anyone.

The Commissioner seriously overstepped his bounds here. Unless this officer has a history that was not reported, no way this was a fire-able offense.

Thye sooner the officers of the Baltimore police department learn that respect is earned and not a given, the better off this city will be...

Why do Baltimore cops assume that they have earned the public's respect? They certainly have not earned mine and they won't receive it until they have...

Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III this morning fired the city officer who was caught on video berating and pushing a 14-year-old skateboarder at the Inner Harbor three years ago.

A department spokesman confirmed the personnel action but refused to comment further. The spokesman said the officer, Salvatore Rivieri, was told of the termination during a meeting with Bealefeld at 9:30 this morning at headquarters.

Last month, a three-member police panel called a trial board held a hearing and found Rivieri, a 19-year veteran, guilty of failing to issue the youth a citizen contact receipt and failing to file a report, but not guilty of using excessive and unncessary force and uttering a discourtesy.

The panel recommended that Bealefeld suspend Rivieri for several days. But Bealefeld has the discretion to up the penalty, and he opted to fire the officer whose actions were displayed on video and seen around the world.

Here's more from the most recent Baltimore Sun story:

The video, which was posted online by one of the skateboarder's friends, became an Internet sensation in part because of Rivieri's rant on the ever-contentious topic of whether teens pay enough deference to authority. Rivieri became enraged when Eric Bush, listening to an iPod, appeared to ignore him and later repeatedly referred to the officer as "dude" and "man."

At one point, Rivieri told Bush: "Don't get defensive with me, son, or you'll spend some time in juvenile. You aren't allowed to ride your skateboards down here, nowhere."

Then, Rivieri went on his now-famous rant:

"Obviously your parents don't put a foot in your butt quite enough because you don't understand the meaning of respect," the officer screamed at Bush. "First of all, you better learn how to speak. I'm not 'man.' I'm not 'dude.' I am Officer Rivieri, and the sooner you learn that the longer you're going to live in this world. You go around doing this kind of stuff, somebody's going to kill you."

Strictly Politics! Beafield is just looking to save his own job!

It's about time -- kudos to Bealefeld for believing his own eyes and seeing what the whole world saw, and for ignoring the 'Blue-Wall', and taking the appropriate action. It sure looked like 'officer psycho-dude' was getting off scot-free. Great move.

Terrible. Why did it take 3 years to resolve this?
Is it common for the Commisioner to over-rule the panel's recommendations?

About time, he should have been fired 3 years ago and saved the city some money. He had been filmed by more than one individual behaving in a manner unbecoming of an officer in completely separate incidents. The conclusion from an investigation led by internal affair detectives concluded that Rivieri had exceeded his authority in the incident. It is good to see the Commish taking matters into his own hands and cleaning scummy officers out of our PD. Well done, Bealefeld.

Officer should not have been fired. Certainly he may have been a little harsh (I don't think so)because Mr. Bush showed no respect for authority and this just taught him that he can be the rude little brat he is and get away with it.

Sorry. He has to go. Officers cannot phyically assault a kid for being a kid. Arrest him, cite, him, run him in, or get off the pot. Unfortunately, the ex-officer tried to solve all he perceived wrong with the world in one afternoon with one kid and it cost him his job. I'm sure the ex-officer did mountains of good in his 19 year career, but officers need to be nearly perfect, and on this day he was not. And it cost him.

I think the officer went a little overboard but he should not have been fired.

I believe the Commissioner acted accordingly in this situation. Police Officers are supposed to be model citizens that other citizens can trust with their safety. The behavior displayed by this officer is not acceptable no matter how the kid was talking to him. The officer was trained as a rookie how to deal with situations as such and he should have learned after 19 years of duty, how to deal with that situation. It's sad he had to be fired but perhaps he has learned his lesson.

Why did it take 3 yrs for the BCPD to deal with Officer Rivieri, a 19 yr veteran of the force and was termination the only answer to punish this officer? While I certainly agree that the officer abused his power and should be suspended without pay, termination seems much too harsh! Then again I wonder if termination means forfeiture of his pension benefits. If it does, that stinks! Just think former Mayor Sheila Dixon is convicted of a crime and leaves office while retaining both her city and state pensions! This dude serves the police with 19 yr of service, isn't convicted of committing a crime and loses his pension benefits?!! Where's the justice? Really makes one wonder where Bealefield is taking this police force? One can only hope that there is an appeal process for Officer Rivieri.

what are the people making thease comments talking about.a city police officer video taped throwing a kid to the ground for a skate board.he should have been fired a long time ago.i know black police officers who were fired for telling on crooked cops.they never hit anyone,but they were fired.so why should this police officer keep his job.if this commissioner did not fire him he would have been in trouble,and he knows it

Seems way out of line to fire that cop.

Whats the update on Bealefeld's father-in-law and the child porn on the computer, that was in the news a year or so ago?

Charges were never brought after the US attorney's office in DC declined. -JF

For everyone that wants to down this kid, this teenager has mental disables. the police officer had no right treating this teenager or ANYONE in the manner that he treated him. Some of these officers think they are above the law. That child doesnt even live in the Baltimore area, he was here visiting from Delaware.
You get more with honey then vinegar when it comes to that age generation.

EXCUSE ME Mr. Dirk...
Respect for LEO's is and must be GIVEN until otherwise proven that it is not earned. THIS is what is wrong with our young people today. They have been coddled for too long now. The majority of the young people today have NO respect for LE or parents, much less teachers and otheres of implied authority!
There is nothing wrong with a good 'tongue lashing' every once in a while to help straighten a kid out. If that kid was mine, instead of this being presented the way it was, I would have him down at police HQ making a public apology to this officer. This only re-enforces to these young brats that their unsavory behaviour will be excused rather than stated as being not acceptable in this society, meaning more entitlement for them to just do whatever they want regardless. I cannot believe the "Command at HQ" would allow a 19 year veteran of the force to be terminated like that because of the tongue-lashing that kid deserved. Sure, maybe some sensitivity training or something, but like I said before, it probably did that kid more good than harm. Until now I thought Bealefeld was a decnt cop but I am beginning to turn from that assessment! Now he seems P-w'd I guess by Jessamy?

Respect is a two way street. Respect is earned before it is given.

Why has it taken this long for this officer to be reprimanded for his actoins. I believe the commisioner's actions were just and fitting for this officers actions. An unnecissary amount of force was used and its a shame that these actions have taken this long to be brought to the light.

People always seem to forget that juveniles deserve the same rights as adults. This kid was a little bratty towards the officer but in his defense, that's not a crime. He can speak as rude as he like towards the officer. But the officer, as a representative of the Baltimore Police cannot. He is supposed to uphold the highest standard of conduct of anyone in our society. Not only did he fail at that, but he assaulted this child. There was no reason for him to manhandle this kid for skateboarding. Last I checked, skateboarding is merely a citable offence. However, I don't think he should have been fired. A simple reprimand and apology would have been acceptable in this situation. I agree with Anonymous, "strictly politics."

I'm guessing that Bealefeld is making an example out of this guy in light of some recent events which have exposed lack of accountability in police departments nationwide. He should be applauded for that. Any message to taxpayers that police misconduct will not be tolerated but will instead be dealt with harshly is a good message.

"Sorry. He has to go. Officers cannot phyically assault a kid for being a kid. Arrest him, cite, him, run him in, or get off the pot. Unfortunately, the ex-officer tried to solve all he perceived wrong with the world in one afternoon with one kid and it cost him his job. I'm sure the ex-officer did mountains of good in his 19 year career, but officers need to be nearly perfect, and on this day he was not. And it cost him.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2010 1:47 PM"

SO MR. ANONYMOUS (I got no kahoonies) Please let's hear what you do for a living, and how you have never spun a little out of control, and got fired for it (regardless of otherwise how good you did your job for the last two decades).!
I can almost gaurantee this firing is sending the ABSOLUTE WRONG message to these young people that have very little respect for others, others property and others physical well being!
You who applaud this firing make me sick...
Mr. B folded to public opinion instead of standing up for what is right! How can that be respected? It cannot!

Baltimore City cops treat the general public like complete garbage. I bet if one of you defending this cops' actions had your car broken into and you had to work with these guys you're view of them would completely change. Most of them just act annoyed that they actually have to do their jobs. If I acted that way at my job, I would be fired. And have you seen these officers directing traffic? The incredible power trip they get on is amazing. They will actually stop all 4 directions of traffic from moving just so they can chase down and berate someone that didn't stop exactly when they blew their whistle. Police Officers have gone fully from protectors to enforcers, no wonder no one trusts them anymore. Good riddance, one less power tripped jerk with authority.

It was a fire-able offense..He's supposed to protect and serve..The child was clearly underage age and the cop physically touched him and not to mention threatened him..If it was your child you would expect the same outcome..The commisoner did what was right because had he not their would have been alot more reports of police using excessive force..Respect is earned not giving and it's not a law to be kind to the police..

I'm not sure if he should have been fired. Definitely punished in some way. I also wonder about the kid who recorded the officer, I presume, without his knowledge. Isn't that illegal in Maryland? Didn't the guy on the motorcycle on Rte 83 who recorded the cop get in serious trouble for doing the same thing?

19 years on the department? Fired for being a jerk? We're all jerks once in a while. Tell me... What other disciplinary actions have been taken against this officer in his 19 years? Seems to me that there are other alternative actions that could have been taken to rehabilitate this career officer, such as anger management classes. Bealfield just showed his true colors, he is a polititian trying to save his own job at the expense of others. Sad!

Even though his actions were not warranted, firing a 19 year veteran is a bit harsh IMO.

It's about time. Pigs have been trying to push kids around since they were kids themselves, that's why they became cops. "now it's my turn"
Are Balto police on a 20 year retirement package? If so this sucks, unless of course this is a schmoke screen for leave and take your pension with you.

I guess unpopular comments are weeded out!

Every kid is a bratty little punk. It's easy to defend adults and act like most kids are saints but that just isn't how it is. This cop had a threatening tone from the get-go, and that's just not how you deal with kids.

The whole skateboarding issue is ridiculous - this country would rather just keep having cops beat up kids and look like morons instead of building some skate parks and rec centers so kids have stuff to do when they're not at school. It's plainly stupid to expect, in 2010, that kids will stop skateboarding on public property. Wake up and find ways to work with your society instead of raging against it like barbarians.

What a farce! A total mistake. You either want the officers to enforce the laws made by politicians or remove them. Granted it looked bad, it was no where as bad as depicted. A trial board decides on a few days, and then this almighty commissioner decides to take things into his hands and terminate the cop?? Talk about a way to deflect from view the horrendous job Bealefield is doing as an administrator. It is 100% pull the wool over the publics eyes job. Ask Bealefield how the large amounts of overtime earned by so few, has escaped being reviewed. It is time for the PO's and the FOP to get together and get Rivieri's reinstated. If not, what use is representation. Bealefield obvious overstepped his bounds in order to remove the heat from himself for not being able to provide a safe place for the citizens and visitors to a city I once proudly called home. It is now as bad as it has ever been. The commish's BS about dropping crime rates is only because the scum has moved into the surrounding counties because even they are afraid to do business in the city!!!

Way to go Commissioner! That cop was arrogant to say the least. And I don't think that teenager was a punk like some said on here. The kid did not curse and was probably scared half to death. He did not know what to say. I would say that teen was rather mannerly given the situation.
Try being a substitute teacher in the public which I have done for the last ten years.
Then you fill the ultimate in rudeness from many students!

"All youd id was weaken a nation today Caffey!"

any one WHo saw the video that didn't feel that that officer should have been fired and brought up on charges of assalt ,verbal threats of bodily harm has forgotten that you have rights in this country. For any of you that think differently probably have never been subject to a hostile officer threatening to lock you up for no reason so this probably isn't your conversation.
the worst part is that if the boy had defended himself he would have to face a bevee of charges,fines, ect.
not to even mention that "respect my athority" rant Salvatore launched himself into, completely missing the first rule ; ie; You yourself must give respect to recieve it. case point:
say that was your disobediant et malcontent aka:14yr kid. would you lay down before the official position?
i bet not....

The firing of this officer for his poor actions was a mistake. He appeared to do nothing wrong as the teen was doing something illegal. In the future, officers will simply arrest individuals and not warn or educate. If this is the case, then maybe some of the dirt bikers will go down!!

This is not the only incident . This is the one that happened to be caught on tape. This is the officer's mentality not a bad day. He was a bully with a badge. I worked for a police dept., and my young son was quite used to officers in public and private settings. Still during the time had to travel this area to and from school each day, I had to drill him on potential encounter with this officer, not how to protect himself against his peers. How to handle this mentality, and keep him and his peers safe from the very person who should have been protecting them. " I am Officer Rivieri, and the sooner you learn that the longer you're going to live in this world.", that's a movie line , not a threat you use against a child.

Actually, this was the first of two incidents (both caught on video) in which this particular officer flew off of the handle. The second incident involved an artist driving a remote control car around on a sidewalk and videotaping people's reactions. Officer Rivieri's reaction was, among other things, to kick the car and verbally assaulting the filmmaker. Let's be honest, maybe the kid was mouthing off, but this guy has a track record and was caught on tape TWICE. I mean, what are the odds of being caught on tape not once, but twice?

Typical media spin making the skateboarder out as some sort of victim and even more typical of the broke MD system. A system apparently more concerned about an officer that tried to get some respect from a disrespectful punk than it is trying to catch murders and drug dealers.

Are you kidding me? Officer Gahiji A. Tshamba had multiple DWIs and was still wearing a badge and carrying a gun when he shot someone 13 times for touching his girlfriend's behind, and this officer with almost 20 years of service is fired for talking harshly to a kid that was acting like a punk?

Having a badge does not give you the right to put your hands on a child unless in self defense, and it most certainly does not mean you should automatically have respect from every person you meet. This was embarrassing for this city and our police department. All these people cheering for him trying to discipline someone else's child are way out of line. This is Baltimore City, his rage would be more useful aimed at the hundreds of murderers we have in this city than a 14 year old kid doing exactly what 14 year old kids do- having fun and occasionally breaking (minor) rules. These power trips some of these officers are on are out of control.

The Commissioner has lost his mind!!! He had absolutely no reason to fire an officer with 19 years of service and no marks on his record. I personally know Officer Rivieri and he is a fantastic person, friend, husband & father. He has raised three very respectful children (unlike the mother who raised the punk in the video!!). This is a complete travesty for the city as they have lost an exceptionally dedicated officer. Once again, the bad guys win. He has risked his life for the city and now he will receive no pension, no health care, NOTHING!!! This is why the CITY OF BALTIMORE is going to the DOGS!!!
I hope the comissioner is REALLY PROUD of his actions - I think he should be FIRED and save the City alot money!!

The Commissioner has lost his mind!!! He had absolutely no reason to fire an officer with 19 years of service and no marks on his record. I personally know Officer Rivieri and he is a fantastic person, friend, husband & father. He has raised three very respectful children (unlike the mother who raised the punk in the video!!). This is a complete travesty for the city as they have lost an exceptionally dedicated officer. Once again, the bad guys win. He has risked his life for the city and now he will receive no pension, no health care, NOTHING!!! This is why the CITY OF BALTIMORE is going to the DOGS!!!
I hope the comissioner is REALLY PROUD of his actions - I think he should be FIRED and save the City alot money!!

Having to ride around in that teenie tiny little machine was punishment enough.
He SHOULD have faced a civil suit though or even a battery charge.

Baltimore's finest at their finest...it took 3 years to get this goon fired - and not even for excessive force or vulgar language. When police abuse their authority and throw around like in this video they CREATE the environment where people don't trust them and they've lost any credibility. Does ANYONE suspect that this kid will EVER trust a cop again or offer any assistance to law enforcement when given the opportunity. This breeds an environment that this city suffers from - no credibility for law enforcement and no cooperation with efforts to make our streets safer....Baltimore will never change or improve with cops on the beat like Rivierri.


While I agree that firing the officer seems harsh on the surface, I know that Officer Rivieri had a pattern of overreacting that went much further than scolding a few “bratty” kids. There were a few incidents that I know of, one included running me off my bike in the service road near the Power Plant. I road onto the sidewalk to avoid him as he drove a vehicle at high speed down the bicycle lane, I reentered the bike lane after he passed and was shocked to see him in reverse chasing after me. He wedged my bike between his vehicle and the curb, jumped out, produced a club and shouted threats at me and actually pulled a can a mace out.
There was no provocation from me as I only stood there in shock, then backed away from him as he threatened me, apparently my offense was riding on the sidewalk.

Before you turn on the boys and their parents, “Dude,” “Man,” “Officer” are inconsequential…
I said matter of factly, “I rode onto the sidewalk because you were driving in the bike lane” and that just made matters worse.
There was an incident report filed and I eventually spoke to Internal Affairs.

If you can remember there were a few other videos of him exhibiting abusive behavior. Baltimore is of course not a easy job for police, I cut officers a lot of slack but provoking people is NOT helpful , he probably needed to be on desk duty, but it is also possible that he behaved that way towards his bosses and they had enough.

In short there’s more to this than the guy having just one bad day.

It would be one thing to have an isolated incident. And I doubt he got fired 3 years later because of this video alone. This is not the first time this former officer has been caught on tape reacting in a similar way. I wonder how many complaints he has gathered that that hasn't been caught on videotape.

Does a police officer really need to pin down a 14 year old kid. He standards should be higher rather than to stoop to the level of a child.

Cop got off easy. He just got caught. You think he's normally a really calm and collected officer? Yeah.

Rivieri would have been better as a military drill instructor than a cop.

...this officer was tring to do a job no one else in there right mind would take. walk a few days in a cops shoes and you tell me if you like to be spit on and to constantly be disrespected. Did this officer go over boad, YES! Was this young man , regardles of his mental status, disrespectful, YES! Should he have been fired for this one instance no, the question is was he fired for just this one instance? probablly not....

He deserved to be fired. That kid didn't do anything wrong and he was attacked by that officer.

His firing was totally deserved.

My husband had a "run in" with Officer Rivieri (a neighborhood issue, not a law enforcement issue) before this video originally came out. As in the video with that kid, he showed inappropriate levels of anger and made threats that were way out of proportion with the situation at hand.

When we found out about the video, we weren't the least bit surprised to find out that it was him. The man has anger issues not compatible with being in a position of authority. I only find it sad that it took 3 years to resolve this.

The cops deal with the bad actors of society everyday, so I know it must get old. I support the police in the face of this; most of the time. However, it seemed apparent that this officer was taking out is frustration, based on who knows what, on this kid. Straight up bullying. I don't know about firing, but some sort of leave or demotion might have been more apropos.

The cops deal with the bad actors of society everyday, so I know it must get old. I support the police in the face of this; most of the time. However, it seemed apparent that this officer was taking out is frustration, based on who knows what, on this kid. Straight up bullying. I don't know about firing, but some sort of leave or demotion might have been more apropos.

Rivieri should have been fired three years ago. Do you think this was the first time this idiot abused his athority? First time he was caught on tape. I know first hand.

Although I could not hear everything that was said during their confrontation, a more desirable ending to this story may still be possible: skateboarder (now seventeen) tells Police Commissioner that he (the skateboarder) acted inappropriately that day and has become a better person as a result of that encounter and requests that the Commissioner reconsider his decision to terminate the officer; the Police Commissioner reconsiders and follows the police panel's recommendation; a nineteen-year career is saved, a 17-year-old picks a different path in life and at least two people learn some very important lessons.

Rivieri was not a noble officer of the law, some people are just not cut out for the job, remember, this is the harbor during the day time, light duty if there ever was one. Not the “projects” at night.

If Rivieri could not handle tourists, “bratty kids” and people headed to the Baltimore Comics Convention, and keep an authoritative and professional composure, how could he be expected to keep his head in a serious situation?

I’ve lived in the city all of my life, plenty of encounters with police:

Two years ago a guy who looked like me came running around the corner as I was stepping out of my front door. Officers in pursuit jumped out a squad car, weapons drawn, and ordered me to raise my hands. Bystanders had to convince them that they had the wrong guy. I filed no report, it was a simple error.

Last week I was locking my car (manual locks) a foot patrol man demanded to know what I was doing. I politely showed him that I was locking the car, not breaking in. In fact I thanked him for asking.

In both cases the officers were professional, composed I felt more secure than my encounter with Rivieri.

If it was my son, it would not be his job he would have to worry about losing. This is not the first time this idiot has pulled something like this. But I will say he is a perfect example of the Baltimore City Police Department.

As the teacher of his daughter and having personnally met Officer Rivieri, I can tell you that he is a good man and father. Yes, the video shows him getting a little rough with a middle school boy. However, as bad as that may sound, what's even worse is the editing job done by the friend of this video. You see, this video only shows Officer Rivieri's actions. What we don't see is the kid mouthing off to Officer Rivieri seconds before (again, great editing to capture his friend in the most innocent light), nor do we see the 2 previous times that Officer Rivieri visited the boys at the SAME EXACT LOCATION TO PROFESSIONALLY AND CALMLY ASK THEM TO FIND ANOTHER PLACE TO SKATE; THAT IT WAS PROHIBITED THERE! He even was joking around with them the first time! OH, NO! You don't see that. You just see poor Johnny Attitude getting pushed around by a uniformed officer. Well, Johnny got what he deserved, in my book. Let this be a lesson to him - when a uniformed officer asks you to do something (leave an area where you are skating illegally), YOU DO IT! Sadly, the only lesson Johnny learned is that Mom and Dad supercede the law! Sleep well, America, for this kid and his folks are walking our streets! You could be next!

Baltimore has more problems than a skateboader,He should have called his parents.That would be the end of that situation.Officer Rivieri should have used that tatic on one of the murderers and or drug dealers across town.There is no cause to fire him,It sure is not going to traumatize the boy any.Give the officer his job back! We all have bad days.

I will sleep better with that officer off the streets. Thank you.

You could be next! Oh no! A skateboarding teenager may call you dude! How will we ever sleep at night???

MS - I don't need to see the previous few minutes of the video.

There is no excuse to put a child in a headlock and throw him to the ground.

Unacceptable in any way you look at it.

If this was your son, or god forbid your mother you would be whistling a whole different tune.

The "officer" deserved to be fired and I am proud of Bealefield for restoring some honor and public trust back into the PD.

Finaly some justice for little guy police who seems theyre above the laws.I suggest the citenzens of Baltimore play a little Jimmy Justice on them. Just like Jimmy Justice gets on the NYPD officers who break the laws.Get your video cameras out and if any officer who breaks any law video tape him and put it on You Tube. Thats justice and it makes the Police obey the laws too. Even get on traffic laws like running though red lights , Illegal parking like sign says (NO PARKING ANYTIME) Video tape them and put em on you tube!

the kids today are not afraid of god ,their mother or father, and now the law. all the people who think this man did wrong are the reason for it . thanks

Boy, a lot of folks here like to play judge, jury and executioner. Well, you got your wish. Sal Rivieri was fired. Sleep better tonight.

It does seem a bit unjust to have let this matter simmer for three years, only to fire the guy one year short of retirement.

On the other hand, with Riviera off the force, that's one less bad-tempered, armed man on the streets of Baltimore.

Everyone who is saying that Eric Bush was being "bratty" or a "punk" is retarded. You can't hear what he's saying in the video, and you're just taking Officer Psychopath's word for it that he's giving him attitude. I can't believe this douchecanoe wasn't fired much sooner. And he had the nerve why people don't respect Baltimore City Police... it's because so many of them behave like this! There is real crime going on, and they're picking on 90-lb high school freshmen... go figure.

this cop did this to some kids doing an art project down there. he is psycho, and wasn't just fired for this incident.

i guarantee we'll see him in the news shooting up a mcdonalds or something

I Was about to come in here and disparage the Balt Police over this, because he SHOULD NOT be fired.

However, I recall an incident where an officer helped me greatly when a Maryland State Trooper completely dropped the ball.

In any case, this guy shouldn't be fired, and that kid needs to keep his $^#%$! skateboard off the harbor.

Mac - did you not read the post before yours at 1:54pm. As the 1:54 pm poster said, as far as LEOs go, respect is given until it's shown that it's not deserved. This kid never did that, I suspect because, as the officer indicated in his smack down, that he wasn't raised properly.

If you don't get this, you set yourself and your offspring up for some pretty critical failures in life. Good luck. You'll need it.

This cop definitely deserved to get fired. This is because the police are public servants and the real power they hold has gotten out of control. This is why there are so many criminals in this country- treat people like children and that's exactly how they'll behave. That kid had no burden to be respectful to the cop. The cop was obviously not one whom commands respect, he has to beat it out of people, in specific a kid probably a third of his age and half his size and the kid didn't have a badge, knife, taser, handcuffs and authority of the State behind him. And you guys say he shouldnt have been fired? There should be no tolerance for behavior of that kind in this country or anywhere else.

I,ve known now former Officer Rivieri for all of his 19 years with the now disfunctional BCPD. He has always been a motivated, smart, investigative police officer. He was always High Strung as well, and unlike lots of police who put blinders on and look the other way, and avoid gettin involved he did what was expected of him. He got involved. Lets face it. Noone likes to get arrested or get a ticket. Hell, most of you cant even look a cop in the eyes and just say Hi. Perhaps he could have and should have handled the sitiuation a little different. Hey, at least he didnt have to tell the parents of the skateboarder, your son is dead, he drowned in the harbor, or dive in the filthy water to save him, which is why those signs are posted there in the first place. Officer Rivieri will most probably get his job back on appeal. The reason being is he will be able to show that others in similar situations and worse did not get fired. The current Police Commissioner is another fine investigator and a good cop. I'm not gonna say wether or not he made the wrong or right decision in the firing of one of his officers. I only wanna know, which one of you fools is gonna step up and take his place. SCARED. you should be. Theres a HOMICIDE coming to a street near you. MAC we just need your last name for the application...that is if your up too it.

Need more cops like that teaching the little punk-azz boarder and bmx'ers how to act and where they can and can't ride. Give him his job back.

That WAS restraint. I wold have busted that punk's head with the skateboard each time he smarted off.

I would have loved to hear what "mom" had to say defender her poor little "angel".

Firing is wrong.

The only physical contact between the officer and the brat resulted from when the officer reached for the skateboard, and the brat hugged it to his chest. That's not an offense to terminate for. The kid had a belonging on his person that was forbidden in that area.

With regard to the tongue-lashing the kid got, it was well-deserved. Obviously he isn't getting it at home, and if any teacher, coach, or other authoritative figure had given it, they would have been given the traditional liberal berating. How backwards has society become?

About time this officer was let go. Between this incident, and the even worse incident involving Billy Friebele (the artist who was harassed and had his property damaged by Rivieri for no apparent reason) there was ample cause to fire this unfit officer.

These cops think they are gods incarnate. Everyone of them should have to walk around with a camera on their head to show how they disrespect the taxpayers who pay their exorbitant salaries. Thugs with badges, nothing more or less.

I think the officer should be given a medal, and the commissh fired for not following the recommendations of the panel. This little punk should have served time in juvee, and maybe than he could learn a little respect for his elders. Imagine if this little puke would have showed the officer respect and did what he was asked to do this would not even be an issue now.

The cop apparently forgot all about protect and serve and just decided he was going to be a badge bully.
Some people become cops for the power trip.
I am glad we don't have cops like that in the city where I live, but then again we actually have good relations with the police here and they don't rant and scream at the kids.

Baltimore cops are a@@holes. Sure cops put up with a lot of sh1t but that gives them no right to be rude to everyone. I got arrested for drunk and disorderly, no problem there. I didn't fight with the cops during my arrest, call them names, I simply complied and let them cuff me and take me in. When they transferred me to the local holding cell to another building in a van and I was asking where my leather jacket was the one officer pushing me into the back of a transfer van said "You didn't have a jacket!". I was tossed into the van onto the floor. It was hard to get up on a seat since I had handcuffs and leg cuffs/chain on and i didnt get fully onto the bench when they pulled away driving fast around corners and all I could do was slide around the floor on my back and elbows trying to get onto the seat. I passed out in the holding cell and don't remember much else of what happened. What I do know is when I was let go the next day and given my belongings my leather jacket, oakley sunglasses, $300+ in cash were all missing. All I got was 13 cents, my drivers license and my cellphone. My elbows were all bruised up/yellow and other inmates were asking me how the f(&*ck i got that, when I told them how they said I should sue. Since I had a prior DUI I was scared to do anything. Looking back almost a decade later I should have sued their @ss off. A couple years later the downtown baltimore police department made headlines with accusations of corruptness and handling of inmates just as I was. And some POS cops have the nerve, the NERVE to ask/question why some people don't like cops.

respect is reciprocal. 14 is the age where dopamine starts to be released into the brain and adult decisions, including respecting the common man, and being courteous. but it is not programmed. 14 is the age where an officer of the law could change a young person's perception of the law. I have been skating in and around Bmore city since the mid 90's as well as have been a valet downtown too. I have seen and been involved in situations down there that no one should endure, with no police in sight. but there is always plenty of time in one of the highest crime rated cities for an officer to pick on little kids. I witnessed first hand 2 friends of mine get maced and arrested in the same location as the incident with Off. Rivieri., but we were actually polite and leaving as asked.

ps

in skateboarding lifestyles, many use the term dude as a term of endearment.

I hope that Rivieri finds a great, enjoyable, new line of work where he will find peace. And I am glad he is off of the streets and the city's payroll. We could use that money for a skatepark.

If I witnessed some jerk, cop or not, doing this to my son, I'd be doing some severe chastising of my own, and with my foot, and right up his butt, and then see how HE felt about it.

Hell yeah the cop deserved to be fired. There was no reason to put the boy in a headlock and throw him to the ground , or to deprive him of his skateboard.The cop was an arse. Lucky the boys friend was quick witted and filmed the cop.
I don't think the kid intended to be disrespectful at all. The cop should understand that that's how kids that age talk.

This guy is a terrible example of a police offer and deserved to be fired. Their job is to de-escalate and de-fuse situations whereas he did exactly the opposite. What started as a verbal exchange escalated into physical contact solely because of the officer's actions and decisions.

Being rude to a police officer is not illegal nor is calling them 'dude.' There was absolutely no justification for the officer to physically touch this kid much less putting him in a headlock and throwing him to the ground.

If he wanted to arrest, detain or cite the kid he should have done just that. That's where his authority ends. Instead he decided to try and bully the kid into submission which is a flagrant mis-use of his authority.

Had this been an isolated incident then maybe suspension or some lesser punishment may have been in order; however this same guy was caught on tape at least one other time so he's a repeat offender.

Hey...Fred...dude...take a chill pill!! Ending a 19 year career for not writing a report?! Are you afraid that your job is in dnager because Fat Pat Jessamy complained about your political signs? Don't take it out on a good cop by taking away his career and his future! Cool it dude!

They had to fire the officer, the kid was white. If the kid was black, probably peppered strayed, tazed and hand cuffed. All would have been well.

I'm glad they finally fired him. I just wonder why it took so long. Hopefully he doesn't get a big severance package.

The last thing we need is THUGS for cops - this guy deserved to be fired unceremoniously. He should have been allowed to be sued by the family also (although millions of dollars is greedy and unreasonable).
Police need to learn to earn respect instead of bullying it out of people (especially kids - let's have some context on the severity of the "crime" also). You have the law, enforce it without being an ass.
Now, let's all look around for Riviera guarding the local bank. He'll be the one pistol-whipping ATM customers.

The cop got what he deserved , and all who think the punishment was to harsh live in a dream world

Are you kidding me. This cop should be charged with assault and battery. He should be happy he was only fired. Thanks to this ass, the citizens of Baltimore are going to shell out a huge sum of money to this kids family.

I think it is so awesome that this police officer got what he deserved (FIRED. Ha Ha! The only question is " Why did it take three years to get this idiot off the street?". It was obvious in the first video that he just wanted to abuse his power. They should have put him at a desk then instead of waiting and paying him way too much money each year. I hope he loses his pension because that would be so funny. Everyone that sees him should start calling him "Dude" now that he don't have a badge or billy club to hit you with. I hope the family of the 14 your victim can now personally sue him. That would be the icing on the cake for this guy.

Mind you, those are the American Kids and if it was African you would be punished by your parents too an later you give apologies to the officer. No question lack of displine which will take a tall on him as he become a man.

A skater calling a cop or anyone else should be expected. It wasn't disrespectful. If it was my kid me and Officer Krumpka would have a little powwow when he got off duty.
Why this is wrong: Every one of those boys walked away with a very negative attitude toward law enforcement.
I see this kind of attitude every day in my line of work and I'm telling you, the cops in the US are out of control

If this was my kid. I would have prolly ended up in jail myself for assaulting a police office.

Or sued the pants off him AND the city.

He made a physical threat, thats a crime last time I heard

Mercedes, great point.. too many parents are enablers these days. This kid obviously has no respect for law enforcement. Parents, take control of your children, do your role as a parent, and this scuffle with law enforcement will not happen...

This Joey guy is an IDIOT!!!!!!!!
Get a life BUM!

Salvatore Rivieri should of never been fired if i had been walking by i would of smacked the shizznit out of that 14 year old someone needs to smack around his father who obviously never taught his child "RESPECT" the kids a punk and i hope he gets his ass beat down alot in his adolescent life

This is bull. This cop is doing everyone a FAVOR! This brattyass kid needs an attitude adjustment.

If I am a kid and watching this, I was just taught that it is okay and pays to DISRESPECT all authority!!!!!
That is a bad case of rewarding bad behavior on the part of the kid!!!!!!!
SHAMEFUL!

A simple YouTube search would have turned up additional video of this abuse cop, this was certainly not this power happy cop's only abusive incident.

The officer was wrong for putting the child in the choke hold ( though it was quick and obviously not harsh because there was no damage done. However, that boy was extremely disrespectful. If he was of age he could have been arrested. I would have taken him to his parents and had them deal with him and if they did nothing then I'd pursue actions towards them. Parents need to start raising their children to respect themselves and others. Children today are ridiculously spoiled and rude. This is why you have so many issues with youth today and as they get older the problem will get worst. lucky for him it was only a "minor" response from the officer. Yes the officer was wrong for putting his hand on the child but he could have obviously done damage and you can clearly see in the video how quickly he let the kid go and the kid was unharmed physically. People in society are so quick to judge others but I bet if this rude kid was in your face or being rude to you then you'd have a different view. Society needs to stop condoning this disrespectful attitude and protecting these kids when they do wrong. Hold them accountable for their actions, it is the only way they will learn!. This kid is obviously disrespectful and im sure he does that to his parents. I wouldnt be surprised if his parents allow that behavior. People need to stop babying these kids when they do wrong and start disciplining them. I dont feel the officer should have been fired. Reprimanded yes but not fired. Where is the support for the people trying to protect us from these disrespectful kids whose parents refuse to raise properly? That kid and his family should give that officer a public apology and make that kid do community service to learn some respect.

I know what would have happened when my father found out. These kids these days are a bunch of smart assed kids. I blame their parents for the way they act. Need more visits to the wood shed.


The penalty is much too harsh for the alleged offense
His department has to share some of the blame putting the officer in that uniform, it dosen't command much respect. In truth I thought at first he was a Hertz car rental
employee.

The firing of this police officer was important to set a standard. I do not think this officer should have lost his pension, he worked 29 years for it and having only one offense does not call for taking it away. I do believe that firing this officer is important because he crossed a line that police officers should not cross, he should never have put his hands on the 14 year old boy unless he was going to arrest him.

Amazing what has happen to the mindset of people in this country. RESPECT for elderly, police and others by this generation. It is also ok to LIE now according to the 9th circuit court.
First instead of YES SIR, its dude, Instead of hand shake its give police the FINGER. Great. Next it will be a GUN shot to the chest.
When are you gonna learn what you haven't learned?

Speaking as the mother of a teenaged skateboarder, who's son has had a couple of incidents of skateboarding where he shouldn't have been. I really think the firing of the police officer is unacceptable. Putting the kid in a head lock was over the top, and for blowing his cool by the use of the word "dude" an unpaid suspension is in order, not losing his job. Perhaps this teenager needs to learn some respect also.

these kids are nothing short of little punks, but the parents are most likely to blame. i've been in the army fo 10 years and in the last 6 years i've seen more and more punks come in, no respect for authority and no respect for the law. they didnt get it in basice training, but the point is the parents as well need to be held to the fire on this. the officer over reacted a little but not enough to lose his job. the parents need to have their buts kicked then kick the kids but after wards. i would have gotten a paddleing i wouldnt have never forgotten if i pulled something like that.

I grow up as a rebelious child during a time when a family that was divorced was cconsidered a "broken home." Authority figures were aoutomatically my enemies. However several teachers and police officers rteached out to me and showed they cared about me genuinely. It made a difference. This officer was the one acting like a 14 yr old .... He doesn't belong in his position HOWEVER. ... He does desreve a second chance .. 6 months unpaid suspension!!!!

If you are going to have kids, you have to teach them to respect adults, especially those in authoritative positions. Clearly this child wasn't taught to address adults as "Sir" or "Ma'am". If this was my child I would have wanted the police officer reprimanded for grabbing my child, but I would also expect my child to apologize to this officer for being so disrespectful.

We need more cops like this. For the idiots posting that respect is earned. A cop on the street doesn't have time to earn your respect. The position is to be respected until the individual wearing the uniform proves he doesn't deserve it. Little teen punks that don't have respect for their parents, their teachers, or themselves will most likely not respect other forms of authority. Give the man his job back so he can dish out a few more lessons like this one to our declining youth.

Had I been stopped by a police officer at age 14 I would have been shaking in my boots and calling him Sir. After that I would have had to deal with my Mother. Being from the South we were taught respect for our elders and those of authority . I am not saying some policemen do not sometimes go too far, but I do not feel this one did. Suspension - perhaps, firing - no.

I fully support this officer's actions. It's too bad there isn't some vehicle for administering some form of reprimand to the parents for raising this insolent and disrespectful kid.

You know as a father of two and one being a boy I say that the police officer was in his boundaries to uphold the law, but way outside his boundaries by laying his hands on the young man. I have been in the military for 11yrs and been deployed a number of times and can recognize when excessive force is needed and when it's not! From what I have seen in this video there was no reason at all for the Police Officer to lay his hands on the young man! He is a role model and as such should act as one! To act out with force and not use you’re the techniques and training that I am well aware of he has had with his 19yrs on the force he set himself up to be fired!

I will say this, as a father the well being of my son would be my first concern. I say that they did make a right decision by firing the police officer! Maybe next time if there is one, he might know how to react to someone so much younger than him and not allowing his anger takes over.

We (Military / Law Enforcement) are seen as role models and no matter when or where you should always ensure that we act as such! We all took an oath to protect those that cannot protect themselves, and that should always be the first thing that comes to our minds. Also there is a motto that we in the military live by "There's Always Someone Watching!" Our actions are the example that we set for our young Americans to follow and we need to remember that no matter what situation we are caught in.

Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III screwed up. The majority of American children are treated as royalty and never expected to behave, respect or apologize to anyone. It’s never their fault. This is why they are growing up to be ignorant, crude, disrespectful, rude, bad-mannered, uncouth, foul-mouthed and obnoxious adults. Thanks Commissioner, just what we need! More spoiled brats. Give the officer his job back.

This was nothing. I got way more than this in gym class in school when I did something stupid. Does anybody remember the phrase " ASSUME THE POSITION'.

Disrespect, albeit an awful behavior, is not illegal. The boy has no obligation to respect the officer, it is called 1st amendment. Physically grabbing and throwing the boy to the ground is illegal.
The officer should not only have been fired 3 years ago, the boy should have received a hefty settlement. Any officer that does that shit to my son, better be looking in his rearview mirror. Where is the authority when the one we expect to protect us ends up being the attacker. How manly he was picking on a 14 year old kid. He abused his position. He was trying to imtimidate and bully. Officer Loser lost his job 3 years too late!

Respect is a two way street. Respect is earned before it is given. Posted by: Scorpion1517 | August 25, 2010 1:58 PM
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Scorpion, I couldn't disagree more!
As a child I was taught that "Honor thy father and thy mother!" involved respecting and obeying not just my parents, but all Lawful authority! And that is God's Rule for us!
Nowhere in any Bible can it be found that respect has to be "earned" before it is given.
Just the FACT that the Policeman is an adult, he should have been shown "Respect" by the kid, with or without his being an Officer, puts this kid in the wrong!
But, who is really at fault is the boy's parents who didn't teach him to respect adults and the Police.

Do Americans really think the police should talk to ANY citizens this way, threaten to slap a 14 year old in the head?? throw him to the ground?, that kid can call him "dude" all he wants its called FREE SPEECH you Nazi piece of garbage. The POLICE WORK FOR US!!! "TO SERVE AND PROTECT" We dont work for the Police.
This cop probably had this attitude for years but just got caught this time. Citizens shouldnt fear the police, the police think you should fear them.

So now we know how many parents condone physical abuse here. Thanks for the stats.

Anyway, I'm shocked at the number of people commending this ex-cop for man-handling a kid. You people have issues.

EXCUSE ME Mr. Mac,

You are an idiot!!!! NO COP deserves respect of any kind after choking a 14 yr old boy who did nothing wrong other than calling the (former) officer douchebag rivieri a "dude." He is a classic example of a freaking loser all his life that got handed a badge, and now thinks that the entire world is under his command. He beats his wife.

This person deserves to be fired. The kids were mouthing off and being disrectful, yes, but there is still no excuse for grabbing a 14 year old and throwing him to the ground. Just because someone is a police officer DOES NOT mean they automatically deserve respect. Respect should be earned, not given away.

The job of police officers is to keep the peace. This does not entail attacking teenagers (nor does it involve him criticizing the job this kid's parents did of raising him). If Rivieri acts like that towards teenagers in a public place in broad daylight, imagine what he may have done in a situation where he knew he wouldn't be caught. He deserves to be fired, as he clearly does not have the temperment required to do this sort of work.

I understand that cops are people too, not emotionless machines, so they get stressed, frustrated and tempermental. I understand that. However, they deserve to be among the most scrutinized citizens, as they are supposed to be the people upholding the law that we (and they) must abide by. They should also be role models, and people others should look up to. Believe it or not, but other officers want cops like this to be fired. No department wants bad apples, as it gives the entire force a bad reputation, and destroys the public's trust.

That being, the fact that the kid's parents tried to sue for millions of dollars is absolutely ridiculous.

This person deserves to be fired. The kids were mouthing off and being disrectful, yes, but there is still no excuse for grabbing a 14 year old and throwing him to the ground. Just because someone is a police officer DOES NOT mean they automatically deserve respect. Respect should be earned, not given away.

The job of police officers is to keep the peace. This does not entail attacking teenagers (nor does it involve him criticizing the job this kid's parents did of raising him). If Rivieri acts like that towards teenagers in a public place in broad daylight, imagine what he may have done in a situation where he knew he wouldn't be caught. He deserves to be fired, as he clearly does not have the temperment required to do this sort of work.

I understand that cops are people too, not emotionless machines, so they get stressed, frustrated and tempermental. I understand that. However, they deserve to be among the most scrutinized citizens, as they are supposed to be the people upholding the law that we (and they) must abide by. They should also be role models, and people others should look up to. Believe it or not, but other officers want cops like this to be fired. No department wants bad apples, as it gives the entire force a bad reputation, and destroys the public's trust.

That being, the fact that the kid's parents tried to sue for millions of dollars is absolutely ridiculous.

They did the right thing to fire this guy, because it sets an example for these folks not to abuse their authority. Justice was served. Good job camera kid!

Firing Officer Rivieri was definitely the right thing to do. This was not even his first time being caught on tape acting like a power-tripper. We need to be able to trust the police. They need to act not only as good as the citizens, but better. I am a criminal justice major so I am not answering with a biased opinion towards police by any means. Officer Rivieri claimed on a radio station that he did all that instead of take them to Juvy, as though he was doing them a favor. He's making himself sound better is all. No cop would ever take a child that age to juvy simply for skating, labeling theory.. Officer Farva was just out there.. oh woops, I mean Officer Rivieri was just out there throwing children around for something to do. I agree with the child's dad, he should have gotten locked up for assault. However, that type of behavior would not be so bad if he was in fear of the situation, which he clearly was not. He was just power tripping. Completely unethical

It took entirely too long, but I'm glad he was finally terminated. That former cop made the entire department look bad.

Glad this finally happened, the officer's action were entirely unjustified. Teenage punk or not.

every single one of you saying he shouldn't have been fired, saying the kid was out of line, etc. are idiots. i know i'm way late on this, but i remember when it happened. badge or not, you can't shove someone around for calling you "dude". it's not even a disrespectful word. i'm just dumbfounded that anyone thinks that kid was out of line. a police officer shows up and starts screaming at you, you're not going to exactly have the calmest reaction and say "yes sir" and "no sir" to everything he says. and, "dude", that kid has freedom of speech rights. furthermore, it's not illegal to disrespect a police officer, nor does a police officer have the right to apply discipline to a kid just for being disrespectful. the kid can cuss the officer out if he wants and isn't breaking any laws unless he threatens him. the kid was in no way disrespectful, but even if he was, the officer used unjust action against him.

If this had been anyone else,they would be labeled a terrorist already. You act if this is the only time this has ever happened. You blind fools. Acts like this are all over YouTube.
This happens everyday in cities and towns across the land. There just not reported. This kind of this is what sparked the revolution in Egypt. You just didn't hear that part on the news.
In my eyes they should have done more than fire this ass hole.You don't get respect just because put a suit on with a badge. You earn it!! We pay these asses to protect our kids not kick their ass. I think it's a waste of my money and yours.
20 years to the door would be good for this guy. Child abuse,wrongful doing while on the job. Oh and the parent should stomp a mud hole in this guys ass and walk it dry!!
Pigs like this is why people don't comply with the cops. They make 35 a year and anyone like that would a payoff to turn there head. I know this because I know these people.
We don't teach our kids here where I live not to trust cops and if they see them doing anything around here to record it.

I agree with MS. What is this country coming to. The child had no respect and I will admit that the officer was not setting the best example either. With that said, I do not believe it was bad enough for this to go where it has gone. It gives these kids only more power to behave the way they do. There is no RESPECT for Teachers, you can go down a list of people who are working to educate and better this world, but there is just no RESPECT from so many kids. Youngster's and I do mean Young, and Teens are so out of control, it is no wonder we are headed for a bad outcome of future citizens in this country for one. Look where the USA is in education. Kid's don't care anymore. Don't get me wrong, not every child is in this. But a wide range is. Parents, I believe should take a lot of the blame for where there children are and where they are headed. (I myself am in that category and am not afraid to say so. And am certainly not proud of it. I am scared to death for my kid's and grandchildren. I even dis-owned my own Son. That does not mean I won't take him back, but he must apologize for what he did before, I do). But most of the parents are doing the best they can, think back on how they (we) were raised?

Parents today are holding down two or more job's, many are single. It has to be a tough job and one can only do so much. Parents are tired. And no, that is no excuse. So many keep on having more kids, that they cannot afford to have? I want to say "Wake up folks." There should be more control.

School's should be teaching more about relationships and finances, child rearing (the basics, so they can get an idea on what it is like and how hard it can be) and more about the geographic's on what is going on in the world than all this old history we are tested on. If someone is interested in the history, let them learn about it later, on there own time. It sure has not helped me any, I don't remember half of all that stuff. What a waste of time. Had I learned more about finances, I would not be where I am today as so many woman are. Who cares who did what a 100 years ago. Teach more math. I had a teacher tell me in my Junior High School, when I stated that Math should be a yearly taught subject, with which he answered, " but we have calculators". (Hello!!................ Let's use our brains, am I going to carry a calculator to every situation that I need one for.)
I think we need more Police Officers who can stand up to these kids. Not to mention we could use some stricter Parents and Teachers.

I am appalled to read so many opinions, of the many people sticking up for these kids. These kid's are not baby's anymore. They know right from wrong and should have respect for the Law. Let me just add, yes there are bad Police Officers also, and that should be addressed also. Teachers are scared now a days. Teachers are threatened and disrespected way to much.

Uniforms would be a way to go. It would certainly help out family's finance's, not to mention the child. For they would not have to compete with others on what is in fashion today. Kids would pay more attention to studies, than to see who is wearing what? It costs so much money and most parents cannot afford it, and just don't know how to say NO to there children, and that is where it starts.

Well I certainly am rambling on about an array of subject's. I myself, have often asked myself why am I here? What can I do to make this world a better place. I wonder how many have asked that question, but just do not know where to start. I know that we can all be kinder toward each other, put yourself in the other person shoes's, especially if they are going through a rough time. Try to understand where they are coming from. Smile at people wether it is someone happely walking down the street or someone begging or down on there luck or even disabled, like many of our Vets. They are human, just like you and me.

One more thing, I came to this country 50 years ago and learned to speak English in two month's time as I did not know any English. There should be a Law that who ever moves to this country to stay, that they learn the language and be tested for it within a certain amount of time. And that goes for other countries to, if you move to France or wherever, learn there language.

I say give the Police Officer his job back.

You people complain about teens having no respect but how is a teen supposed to know what basic decent respect for other human beings is when this is the example being shown by poilce officers. Damn right he should be sacked, he is the adult in this situation and as such it is his responsability to set a good example. His actions have led to hundreds of thousands of teens all over the world being just that little bit more resentful of authority.

1st of all I was glad to see the office disciplined (harsh or not)
2nd If it was my child, after I beat his are her ass when they got home, I would also file a complaint on the officer. (Two wrongs don’t make a right)
3rd He wasn’t fired for being a jerk, he failed to file a report or cite the teen.
4th What do you think would happen if a soldier or marine treated a US citizen that way? If you serve the public... Do it with integrity and respect. Those who have served would know the answer.

Good on his superior. Nobody who works in the private sector would be able to get away with that kind of behaviour on the clock. Whether it's grounds for charges depends on who you ask, but it should definitely be grounds for dismissal, taxpayers deserve better than that.

For all of those who say he shouldn't have been fired do you have kids?? NO ONE should ever lay a hand on a child like that...he wasn't resisting arrest so there was no need to slame a teenager on the ground and rant on an on about how bad this kid is that he has never met. God bless his children if he has any. Yes most kids do not know how to speak to adults and a lot use 'dude' or 'man' but throwing him to the floor was not the answer. VERY good, in getting him fired, in the end he would have been the one getting himself or someone else killed not the teenager who said 'dude'

I can't believe so many people are defending this jerk. He should have been fired immediately.

A short comment pointed toward the folks who are defending this moron. He is {WAS} a power thirsty bully, who throws his weight around when it comes to helpless kids. His firing is more than justified. Honestly, he needed his butt kicked. Thats putting it politely.

I cannot believe the number of morons defending this power thirsty bully. 1) You simply cannot break the law in such an explicit manner when in duty. 2) With appalling conduct like that who is he to lecture those kids about respect? 3) With the other information that has surfaced about him, this clearly wasn't a case of a one off. And to think that this rogue was in duty for 19 long years. Think about the 1000's of offenses he might have committed. The child constitutionally broke NO law apart from maybe skateboarding at a place where it wasn't allowed. Where as the cop broke SO many laws. On a side note, where in modern terminology is dude referred to as a disrespectful word? I mean do people not realize what they are doing? They are defending a police officer who physically assaulted a child?

This was a case of classic police brutality. The power of video recording has been proven again. States must pass a law to legalize both audio and video recording of the police. As it stands, a lot of police departments file against camera recordings, as they make use of the wire tapping law loophole. As public officials, they shouldn't be given the right to privacy when on duty in a public space. At least not when they pull over cars.

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.



Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.
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