Video: Man Beat With Skateboard Near Venice Boardwalk
Los Angeles police are looking for any information about a brutal beating on Venice Beach Tuesday night.
Tim Geoghegan captured the beating from his apartment nearby around 10:30 p.m. near Westminster Avenue and on Ocean Front Walk. The footage shows one man striking another man with a skateboard and then jumping up on him and slugging him. Voices can be heard saying, "Police! Police are coming…" And then someone responds, "No they’re not."
Police did come, but by the time officers responded to the scene, the attacker and the victim were long gone. They're now asking for help identifying the attacker or witnesses, according to the Los Angeles Times.
On his blog "Tweaker & Sunshine," Geoghegan has been keeping track of violence and drug use in the area around the Boardwalk that tends to ramp up after the sun sets. He wants Venice to stay "weird but less stabby." He writes:
It’s not being ‘anti-homelessness’ to call for this to be addressed. This is not about people who have been foreclosed upon or lost a job and are trying to pull out of it. Many of these people are drug addicted, mentally ill, or criminal dealers, pimps and thieves.
To leave them to remain as is out there, posing as vendors during the day while dealing and stealing, then crying ‘police oppression’ isn’t ‘defending homeless rights’ - it just leads to this.
And eventually, probably worse.
The city must provide treatment and social services that MUST make an impact.
[As more tech co’s and businesses move in, why not tap their creative and innovative thinking to help address these issues? Why not offer it as an incentive for the city? Encourage civic participation. After all, it’s their employees and families who may be walking out there. Why try to change the world if you can’t see what’s on your doorstep?]
But if treatment and social services are refused, the city must also have a zero tolerance policy for the ongoing vagrancy and crime - and ENFORCE it.
Don’t trample liberties, don’t criminalize health and social issues, but don’t enable this sort of environment that leads to crime either.