Is it a man? Is it a dude? No, it's officer Rivieri of the Baltimore
Police Department who is the latest small membered thug cop to
believe that it is his duty to go around bullying and wrestling
discipline into innocent children.
Unfortunately for this PC podge, he is also the
latest cop caught on camera and made famous by Youtube.
On the video, the officer, Salvatore Rivieri, puts
the boy in a headlock, pushes him to the ground, questions his
upbringing, threatens to "smack" him and repeatedly
accuses the youngster of showing disrespect because the youth
refers to the officer as "man" and "dude."
reports the Baltimore
"I'm talking to you, can you hear me? Don't
get defensive with me son, cos you'll spend some time in juvenile."
"OK, i didn't hear you." 14 year old Eric
"Don't get defensive with me, you backed off
me, i'm not your father, you keep that attitude for your father,
you give it to me, I'll smack you upside the head." Rivieri
As young Eric tries to respond, Rivieri loses it
"SHUT YOUR MOUTH, I'M TALKING" he bawls, clearly frightening
the boys as one of them tell Eric to stop answering back.
Rivieri then marches over to Eric and grabs at his
skateboard while wrestling him to the floor by the neck.
"SIT DOWN, I AM NOT A DUDE" the portly
Skateboarding AND calling an officer "dude",
young Eric certainly does seem to be the scourge of decency and
a potential Al Qaeda member.
"I didn't do anything" the child pleads.
"When I'm talking to you, you shut your mouth
and listen. First of all you disrespected me, my badge and this
No Salvatore, I think you did a pretty good job
of that all by yourself.
"Obviously, your parents don't put a foot in
your butt quite enough, because you don't understand the meaning
of respect. First of all, you better learn how to speak. I'm not
'man.' I'm not 'dude,' I am Officer Rivieri. The sooner you learn
that, the longer you are going to live in this world. Because
you go around doing this kind of stuff and somebody is going to
kill you." Rivieri froths.
Rivieri addresses the person with the camera, saying,
"You got that camera on? If I find myself on ... " The
video cuts off before Rivieri finishes his sentence.
Watch the video:
The video was posted on YouTube on Saturday but
probably was made late last summer, according to the Police Department.
Rivieri, who has been suspended pending review, has refused to
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Last Summer a similarly
podgy officer was suspended in Hot Springs, Arkansas
after an almost identical incident involving a group of 13 year
old kids skateboarding down the street and minding their own business.
Officer Joey Williams was investigated after the
incident was captured and posted on YouTube, revealing that in
his thuggish outrage Williams had grabbed one of the youths in
a choke hold, forcing him to the ground, while later chasing and
wrestling two others, including a young girl whom he then applied
a headlock to.
watch the video:
“When I tell you to stop and you tell everybody
to keep going, that’s fleeing, that’s disorderly conduct,
that’s a violation of city ordinance,” Williams is
heard saying in the video.
Williams also threatened one of teens laying on the ground that
he’d spray him with pepper spray if he moved.
Of course after the dust had settled Williams was
cleared of any wrongdoing by an internal review board
and went back to policing the vicious streets of Hot Springs,
protecting the public from deadly 13 year old skateboarders.
What was it that made officer Rivieri snap? What made him so desperate
to exercise his masculinity by beating up on kids? Maybe it was
it the fact that he has to wear an outfit that wouldn't look out
of place on a circus clown, or perhaps it was having to drive
around in a loaf of bread on wheels (see opposite) that pushed
him over the edge?
Joking aside, a cursory search on Youtube reveals that this type
of incident is commonplace. When will one of these egomaniac thugs
be made an example out of? When will these fools realize that
a badge does not give them the right to go around choking out
Cops like Rivieri and Williams, acting as if they are gods ,
epitomize the slide toward the police state society and they smear
the name every other good cop out there.
It is high time that other cops and city officials move to set
the precedent to eradicate these thugs from what is supposed to
be our primary public service.
Authorities have begun an internal-affairs investigation into
Rivieri, but no doubt that means they will wait until the matter
dies down before quietly reinstating the rotund trooper.