Arkansas skateboarders plead not guilty to charges from taped arrests

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Two adults arrested during a videotaped scuffle between a Hot Springs police officer and a group of skateboarders pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges from the incident.

Twenty-one-year-old Matthew Jon McCormack faces a third-degree battery charge for allegedly striking another city employee during the June 21st incident in Hot Springs' historic Bathhouse Row. Nineteen-year-old Skylar R- Nalls faces charges that he violated of the city ordinance banning skateboard riding in the area, as well as fleeing and obstructing governmental operations.

McCormack, who said he only pulled on the employee's arm after the man put a female skateboarders into a headlock, pleaded not guilty during a hearing yesterday in Hot Springs District Court. Nalls previously had pleaded not guilty through his attorney.

A video shot by skateboarders posted on YouTube appeared to show Officer Joey Williams choking one skateboarder and put two others into a headlock. Williams was cleared of wrongdoing in an internal investigation.

Police arrested four juveniles involved in the incident.

YouTube shows the video has been viewed more than one-point-five million times.

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