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Skateboarder punched, spit on ranger in LOVE Park, police say

An attack on a park ranger in LOVE Park on Friday has led to a police investigation.

Video of a park ranger being assaulted by skateboarders in LOVE Park on Friday has drawn attention from police. Video of a park ranger being assaulted by skateboarders in LOVE Park on Friday has drawn attention from police.

An attack on a park ranger in LOVE Park on Friday has led to a police investigation.

A 19-year-old with short dreadlocks assaulted the ranger on Friday at 5:25 p.m. at LOVE Park. It was brought to the authorities attention when a witness posted a video of the incident to YouTube on Friday.

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The video has since been obtained by police and removed from the website.

According to police, the park ranger, 35, saw between six and eight skateboarders in the Center City park and radioed his supervisor, police said. He then told the group they had to go elsewhere.

In response, the 19-year-old said, "I ain't F— leaving." The teen then took a fighting stance with his fists raised, according to police.

As tensions escalated another skater, who was holding a camera and videotaping the exchange, taunted a fight.

The 19-year-old then punched the ranger in the face and the two wrestled to the ground. The teen then kicked and stomped on the ranger's body and then spit on him before the group fled the scene.

Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman, said the investigation is ongoing.

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