Carlsbad Police vs. Skateboarders

by The Editors on March 31, 2009

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Two skateboarders and a photographer were trying to get a little work done on Oak Ave. across from the Carlsbad Village Inn this afternoon around 2 PM and had barely gotten their lighting set-up before they were literally swarmed by Carlsbad Police Officers: three cars and a motorcycle responded to this crime (man-on-man coverage?).

The polite and cooperative skateboarders were told to put their hands behind their backs, told to spread their legs and then each of them were patted down, told to sit with their hands in their laps and then asked for their IDs. We do not believe any of the officers even saw either of the guys actually rolling on their skateboards.

While we’re happy that Carlsbadistan’s finest are so quick on the response, we kind of wish that conscientious, working skateboarders were given a little less vigorous treatment. Maybe simply being asked to leave by one officer would have been more appropriate. But then, that’s just us, and we probably know too much about Carlsbadistan’s importance in skateboarding history to really understand the reality of skateboarding behind a crime in our city.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Carl Crawl March 31, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Is that a “Jay” sitting on the sidewalk?

blake April 6, 2009 at 5:47 pm

just got a ticket infront of cold stone at CBB and CVD. We had ice cream in hand, no shoes, and no shirt. Really a ticket, dumb…

Patrick Emerick April 6, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Yeah, right, hmm. It’s also awesome that they’re tearing out the Carlsbad public skatepark and not replacing it.

To_be_a_consumer_or_a_citizen April 6, 2009 at 9:37 pm

The Carlsbadistan City Council will be voting on Alga Norte Park (and Skatepark!) later in April. Last month, Ann Kulchin, Matt Hall, and Keith Blackburn said they supported it. Stay tuned for meeting details. Spread the word that the park is up for a vote very soon!

Snyder Art April 6, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Tearing it out…awesome! Not replacing it…lame! Alga Norte Park…La Costa!

How about a skate park in the village?

Any suggested locations?

ed April 16, 2009 at 11:24 am

if you are gang member smoking dope in the park your ok, but skateboard in cbad you are facing tickets and legal hassles.

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