UNITED STATES

Abusive policeman suspended after evidence posted on YouTube

Now known as ‘The Baltimore Cop’ on YouTube, a police officer who physically and verbally abused a fourteen year-old skateboarder was yesterday suspended for his actions. Seventeen-year veteran Salvatore Rivieri was caught on camera shouting at and pushing Eric Bush last summer. But until the video surfaced on YouTube this week, no action was taken. Now, Rivieri, who threatened to “smack you upside the head”, is awaiting the conclusion of an internal investigation. And while he waits, the world watches. The video has already been viewed by around a million people worldwide.

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Now known as ‘The Baltimore Cop’ on YouTube, a police officer who physically and verbally abused a fourteen year-old skateboarder was yesterday suspended for his actions. Seventeen-year veteran Salvatore Rivieri was caught on camera shouting at and pushing Eric Bush last summer. But until the video surfaced on YouTube this week, no action was taken. Now, Rivieri, who threatened to “smack you upside the head”, is awaiting the conclusion of an internal investigation. And while he waits, the world watches. The video has already been viewed by around a million people worldwide.

“Cops are prejudiced against skaters”

Jon Fox, Sherburne, 18, New York, posted this on February 13.

“I’ve seen enough to know what these punk kids are like”

Nicole, 18, a conservative Republican Christian from Baltimore, published this response on February 14.

“I’m officer Rivieri. The sooner you learn that, the longer you’re going to live in this world”

Video posted on YouTube 9 February.