Police brutality

A dispi­ca­ble act of police bru­tal­ity was com­mit­ted on Go Skateboarding Day by the Hot Springs, Arkansas Police Department. Video of the inci­dent is below. After you watch it, we ask ALL of you to flood their phone­lines and email address (below) with com­plaints regard­ing the main police­man involved, Officer Joey Williams. You should also con­tact your local news orga­ni­za­tions to help spread the word. The more atten­tion this offi­cer gets, the bet­ter for us.

Hot Springs Arkansas Police Department

Phone: (501) 321‑6789

Fax: (501) 321‑6708

Chief of Police, Bobby Southard

Email: bsouthard@​cityhs.​net

641 Malvern Avenue


Transworld Skateboarding has a dis­cus­sion going on about this same incident.

UPDATE: Dfiant made some PDFs that can be eas­ily down­loaded, printed, faxed, and emailed to them, check them here, here, here, and here.

Coverage on WLTX 19 TV

31 thoughts on “Police brutality

  1. A cop beat­ing up lit­tle kids…AGAIN! WTF! That is unac­cept­able. That cop should be kicked off the force. People like that should not be in authority…FOR REAL!

  2. The Arkansas Police Department should be ashamed of this behav­iour. Why did Officer Joey Williams think that he needed to play super cop and ’set some exam­ples’ with these kids. I bet this is one of those cops that says to kids ’I used to skate­board’. I bet he wasn’t any good at it, either. Just like he isn’t any good at being a cop. Please, every­one, do your part to make sure the Hot Springs Arkansas Police Department knows that the pub­lic feels that this sort of behav­iour is unac­cept­able. I encour­age you to be as pro­fes­sional as pos­si­ble in stat­ing your opin­ions to them, as well. To be taken seri­ously, one must act seriously.

  3. a big fat assed grown man get­ting paid to put 13 year old girls in head­locks! every­day im more asshamed to be an american.

  4. The Hot Springs Arkansas Police Department should sus­pend Joe Williams imme­di­ately. If this is how he treats a 14 year old kid, imag­ine how he is treat­ing adults. Protecting a city ordi­nance my ass — this guy is out­ra­geous. holla.

  5. Hot Springs Arkansas Police Department beats up lit­tle kids for hav­ing fun.

  6. It’s unbe­liev­able that a so called enforcer of the law is allowed to act like this. The Hot Springs Police Department in Arkansas should be ashamed of them­selves. This is a grown man using unnec­es­sary force on ado­les­cent youths. Absolutely despi­ca­ble. One can only hope that Hot Springs Chief of Police Bobby Southard does the right thing and hold Officer Williams account­able for his use of unnec­es­sary force.

  7. I am no fun in Hot Springs Arkansas, as my police depart­ment lieks to abuse its author­ity when deal­ing with kids and skate­boards. They were just skateboarding.

  8. If I order food, and my order gets messed up, is it accept­able for me to become infu­ri­ated with the staff and be ver­bally and/​or phys­i­cally abu­sive? No. These were kids, and this dude abused his power and used exces­sive force. And you WONDER why peo­ple run from the cops?

  9. I made some PDFs that you can print and fax to them, attach them in an email, snail mail them. I don’t care how you get in con­tact with these peo­ple, just do it. The Hot Springs Police Department in Arkansas appar­ently has no shame. Well when the inter­net is through with them they’ll have plenty. Let them know that peo­ple are watch­ing them! http://​www​.dfi​ant​.com/​p​d​f​s​/​d​e​s​p​i​c​a​b​l​e​.​pdf http://​www​.dfi​ant​.com/​p​d​f​s​/​d​e​s​p​i​c​a​b​l​e​.​pdf http://​www​.dfi​ant​.com/​p​d​f​s​/​u​n​n​e​c​e​s​s​a​r​y​.​pdf http://​www​.dfi​ant​.com/​p​d​f​s​/​e​n​f​o​r​c​e​m​e​n​t​.​pdf They’re all the same with just a dif­fer­ent “Header” word. Print one or print them all.

  10. You can replace the words ” Hot Springs Police Department ” in the above com­ment with ” All Police Departments “. Not just in Arkansas, but every­where in America.

  11. All the pigs are all lined up. I give you all that you want. Take the skin and peel it back. Now doesn’t it make you feel better?

  12. The Hot Springs Police Department in Arkansas needs to start look­ing at its pri­or­i­ties. I think some­one skat­ing on the side­walk does not by any means require that type of force… so sad.

  13. Getting the girl in a head­lock was pretty fucked up. But oth­er­wise this shit is busi­ness as usual. I’ve seen friends get tack­led to the ground by cops while skat­ing love, cops com­ing after me and my friends with their batons out. I’ve been taken to jail for skat­ing. My room­mates have been taken in on sep­a­rate occa­sions. It’s always been fucked and it looks like it ain’t gonna stop. This must be what black peo­ple feel like all the time.

  14. It’s what­ever. Get over it. Every city and town has some overzeal­ous cops who are def­i­nitely gonna treat you like shit. Thats the name of the game. Hell, about a year ago, I had 15 cops pull out guns on me…and i have it on film. I got accused of hav­ing a gun, when all i was hold­ing was a VX. That’s life. When you play the skate game, you gotta take a loss or two. That sucks what hap­pened to that kid, but do you think Arkansas gives one hootin’ shit about what hap­pened? Nope. We should have a van­dal­ize a cop car day.…haha..That would be some shit I would celebrate!!!!

  15. Acceptance is a great way to hin­der pro­gres­sion. Your points are valid, but not with the bit­ter “get over it” attitude.

  16. People at my work are for­ward­ing this Youtube video and story to me, so it is cre­at­ing some aware­ness, which is good. When non-​​skateboarders speak up and voice their con­cern with this type of behav­ior, I think we are mak­ing progress. Youtube is chang­ing the way we live.

  17. All youtube is doing is giv­ing me a rea­son NOT to watch another dumb real­ity show on tele­vi­sion. Why do that, when you know you can see the REAL shit there? Oh, and I DO like watch­ing all the slutty chicks danc­ing to bad rap music.…Who doesn’t?

  18. Babylon at its worst right here my friends. I was at a skateshop last week in a small lit­tle south­ern town and there were a hand­full of teenaged skate­board­ers skat­ing in the park­ing lot of the shop. PIGS pull up in force and threaten all of them and come inside the shop, where im talk­ing with the owner, and threaten to arrest the owner if he doesnt make the kids stop skat­ing. (on his own prop­erty i might add). He said “arrest me then, this is my shop, and i pay taxes and sup­port com­merce in this town”

  19. I wound up argu­ing with the cops for a good 20 min­utes or so and all the one PIG keeps say­ing is that these kids need to be doing some­thing con­truc­tive, like team sports. These youth are good kids, just try­ing to skate. In the SkATESHOP park­ing lot. The cop told me they are build­ing a skatepark in two years and that they are gonna have to wait til then to skate in HIS town. I even brought up the point that if they were thrown­ing a fuck­ing foot­ball, they would NOT be get­ting har­rased, and the cop says, your right, id prob­a­bly toss it around with them. This all hap­pened on pri­vate prop­erty owned by a SKATEBOARD SHOP.

  20. This shit hap­pens all the time, and not just to skate­board­ers. I think its point­less to try to make skat­ing accept­able. Keep skate­board­ing OUTLAW, like it should be. At least we would still have our souls. The out­law move­ment is true. We need a skate­board jihad to reign hell­fire down on these pigs and all the pigs in suits and uni­forms that think they can con­trol us on a planet that belongs to US just as much as it belongs to the next per­son. FIREBURN! If we all fol­lowed GODS (what­ever one you want to beleive in, its all the same) nat­ural laws as opposed to mans cor­rupt laws we would all be liv­ing in a much bet­ter place. Ive learned this les­son the hard way.

  21. I am in shock!!!!! I live here in Hot Springs, I have never seen such an abuse of power. not to men­tion that this was directed at a group of MINORS and even if he felt that he needed to do this COME ON JOEY you are not on COPS and they did just knock over to cor­ner store all they were doing is just try­ing to have a good time so Shame on you Joey Shome on you and if I am not mis­taken it is also against the rules to ride bikes on Bath house row but I think you were on one too sorry guys just wanted to vent if that was my child I would be own­ing half of Hot Springs.….….….

  22. My chick actu­ally asked me about this video last night. That shit has got­ten around all right.

  23. Do a search on google for “hot springs police” Should be the 4th link, or the 5th, 6th, 7th and 10th link (cur­rently). Click on one of them. Eventually if enough peo­ple click on it the link will be moved up to the #1 spot which would just be awe­some. The goal here is so that even­tu­ally when peo­ple look for Hot Springs Arkansas they’ll get a police bru­tal­ity story as their first result. Sweet! The power of the inter­net is some­times amazing.

  24. I found some more con­tact info: Hot Springs Arkansas Police Department Phone: (501) 321‑6789 Fax: (501) 321‑6708 Chief of Police, Bobby Southard Email: bsouthard@​cityhs.​net 641 Malvern Avenue The Chief of Police’s email has been shut off.. you can email the cities elected offi­cials at the fol­low­ing addresses these are the District Directors Peggy Brunner– Maruthur (term expires 12/​31/​2008) E-​​mail: pege1​9​4​7​@​aol.​com Elaine Jones (term expires 12/​31/​2010) E-​​mail: direlainejon1​@​sbcglobal.​net Steve Smith (term expires 12/​31/​2008) E-​​mail: srsmith1​2​0​0​3​@​yahoo.​com Carroll Weatherford (term expires 12/​31/​2010) E-​​mail: sable@​hsnp.​com Tom Daniel (term expires 12/​31/​2008) Home:623‑0682 Cell:627‑8641 E-​​mail:

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