I've seen it before. Although it ought to be a prime example of how a PO should not act... rather than a lesson on how a kid should give respect. If that officer wants respect, he needs to show it - kids learn by example. Throughout the whole thing you barely heard a peep from the kid. This blowhard just wouldn't stop bellowing at the top of his lungs.
I wonder if there is a law that says you can't call an officer man or dude but instead must call them "officer." If so, I wonder if there is a law for the citizens that says that any time a cop addresses you they must call you Mr. or Mrs. so and so (or Sir or Mam if the name is unknown). Hmm, something to ponder.
What a power tripper. This guy obviously got sand in his face one too many times as a kid and decided he must make up for it by hassling the teenage population of today.
It looked a lot like intimidation, theft (the skateboard) and threats toward the kid.
It's the ex-security guard cop who needs his fat-boy nuts put in a vice.
Wayyy excessive behavior for an CITY ORDINANCE VIOLATION.
He can no more confiscate the kid's skateboard, than a
traffic officer can confiscate your car for rolling thru a stop sign.
The kid had every right to protect his personal property from an illegal seizure.
I'd recommend to this "officer" that if he believes bad attitudes
and addressing policemen by the term "dude" should be unlawful,
that he lobbies his local representatives to create the law.
Until there's law, he should STFU and get back in his golf cart.
Anyone think these kids will go forward in his life with a positive attitude
toward law enforcement and government authority?