Hundreds of people gathered in Los Angeles Wednesday night to protest the apparent police beating of twenty year-old Ronald Weekley Jr., a young black skateboarder who alleges that Los Angeles police used excessive force when they caught him skateboarding on the wrong side of the street.
Weekley, who reportedly emerged from jail this week with a broken cheek bone, broken nose, and concussion, said that the experience was terrifying, and he thought the LA police might kill him:
“I thought I was going to die,” Weekley told Reuters during the protest on Wednesday. “The only thing going through my mind was that I was going to die on my front porch in front of my family and friends.”
Watch cellphone video of the alleged beating:
The young man is being represented by Benjamin Crump, the same lawyer hired by Trayvon Martin’s family. In a public statement after Weekley’s release, Crump asked, “Was he stopped because he was on the wrong side of the road, or was he attacked because he was the wrong color?”