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University City police arrested a man tar illegally skateboarding on a sidewalk in the Delmor Loop on Tuesday evening, and four witnesses said that the man was handcuffed and beaten with nightsticks by a group of five or more officers. Police disputed the witnesses' claims and said officers had shown restraint in arresting a man police described as a troublemaker and a repeat offender of the city's anti-skateboarding ordinances. Police said one officer suffered several bites on his arm and a second suffered a bock injury in a struggle to arrest the skateboarder about 6:30 p.m. Skateboarding is illegal on sidewalks in the Loop under a municipal ordinance enacted in March 1990. Punishment for skateboarders older than 17 is a fine of $5 to $25. The four witnesses said a man later identified as a plainclothes officer ordered John Horrington, 19, to step using his skateboard. The officer chased Horrington from the sidewalk, handcuffed him and wrestled him to the ground, the witnesses said. Then, according to one witness, Trocey Jones, the officer lust beat John," until other officers arrived.
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Date:Nov 1, 2001
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