Cop Uses Chokehold, Pepper Spray On Skateboarder For ‘No Reason’

A Queens man skateboarding in Columbus Circle section of New York City on Sunday evening was arrested by an NYPD officer. The man was guilty of skateboarding in an area specifically marked “no skateboarding.” That’s a crime right up there with murder. It goes murder, skateboarding in unauthorized areas and then like joining ISIS. It turns out he was doing that, and also, just being a dick.

The skateboarder, Yibin Mu, published the video to YouTube yesterday. Here’s the story from Gothamist…

According to Mu’s account on YouTube, “Without warning, the police officer used one hand to grab my forearm and the other hand to grab the back of my neck. He then put me in a chokehold and this is what happened next. I was non-aggressive the entire time.”

An NYPD spokesman confirmed that Mu, 22, was arrested on October 25th for skateboarding in Columbus Circle, which is prohibited. (Mu and his skateboard are no strangers to the location, according to this YouTube video from 2014.) The spokesman, Detective Brian Sessa, said six signs posted in the area make it clear that skateboarding is prohibited.

According to the NYPD, the arresting officer asked Mu to sit down so he could write a summons. Detective Sessa said that according to the officer’s arrest report, Mu “refused to sit down and ignored him. The officer informed him that he was placing him under arrest, and attempted to take him into custody, and the defendant fought with the officer.”

So Mu was boarding in an area he shouldn’t have been and wouldn’t just sit the fuck down. So he gets a chokehold and pepper spray for being a douche. Just sit down. You’re wrong and this is what it comes to. But Mu does bring up a good point when he says the cop acted “without warning.” Maybe cops should start doing what dads do and announcing “I’m going to choke the shit out of you if you don’t fucking sit down.” It can’t hurt.

[via Gothamist]