Police find, arrest teen for beating park ranger who stopped skateboarding

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E) – Philadelphia police on Monday found and arrested a teenager who beat a park ranger who stopped him and his friends from skateboarding at the Love Park on Friday.

Curtis Tanner, 19, was arrested at his home in Pottstown and will be charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment of another person, according to police.

Tanner was videoed by park witnesses taking down the 35-year-old park officer and kicking him several times as his two friends watched and taunted the victim.

The teen was apparently angered after the ranger told them to stop skateboarding and leave because it’s not allowed in the park.

The three skateboarders fled after the assault. The video of the attack circulated later on the Internet. The ranger was taken to a hospital for minor injuries but was back to work on Monday.

The ranger later identified his attacker through photos and police received tips about Tanner leading to his arrest. Tanner’s mother also called detectives.

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