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1 arrested in taped beating at Philadelphia park

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia police arrested one of three suspects in the videotaped beating of a city park ranger trying to enforce a no-skateboarding rule.


The beating occurred Friday at Love Park, home to a Robert Indiana LOVE sculpture and a one-time skateboarding mecca featured in a video game.


Police didn’t immediately identify the suspect arrested Monday.


Police said one 19-year-old skateboarder punched the ranger in the face after refusing a request to leave.


An onlooker’s video also appears to show one suspect spitting at and kicking the ranger while he was on the ground. Police said a second suspect taunted the ranger and a third videotaped the incident.


A man who said he was one of the three participants told WPVI-TV he lost his cool and was sorry.


Authorities said the ranger’s injuries were minor.