Skating citations anger students

David MacNeal

Police cited two skateboarders Monday afternoon for doing what they do best -“tricks.”

“It’s hard to stop, you know,” said Henri Yoro, a second-year CSUN student cited for skating.

“It’s our daily go ? As long as we do this in a safe manner, it’s a safe hobby,” he said.

You’ve probably seen Yoro, his friend David Soto, and a dozen other skaters in front of Manzanita Hall grinding benches, flippin’ ollies, and trying to out-skate each other.

Most consider it to be innocent and entertaining, but to an even larger, and older, majority, the hobby is downright obnoxious.

“I think it’s because there’s a lot of us around,” Yoro said. “I don’t believe it’s the cops, I believe it’s the people in (Manzanita Hall) that make the call (for dispatch).”

But this is not the first time.

“It’s the fourth (ticket) I’ve gotten in the past seven months,” said Soto, a sophomore journalism major, who was also cited Monday.

Soto said tickets “usually run $150.”

Yoro and Soto were cited and detained for roughly 45 minutes, while Officer Raymond Gonzalez searched the area with the K-9 unit. In the background a group of skaters scoffed at the procedures while their friends remained under investigation.

“(The police) handcuffed me,” said Jose Guadalupe Gonzalez, a student who reminisced about his experience a year ago.

“They let me go in the end, and they didn’t even ticket me,” Gonzalez said.

There have been conflicting viewpoints on this imperfect discipline by police.

Yesterday, Karl Humphrey, a graduate student who was not skating, made a point to confront the police on what he said was their reckless driving skills.

In their haste to reach the skaters, campus police sped through the pedestrian walkway, according to Humphrey, who was using a cane at the time.

Yoro did mention that police warned him last week when he was just standing around with skateboard in hand.

He said that during his citation there were no major problems-that the “cops were really cool with us.”