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Attorney: Teens Arrested for Skateboarding Won’t Be Prosecuted

May 19, 1987

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Three teen-agers arrested, frisked, handcuffed and interrogated last month for skateboarding on the sidewalk in this elite seaside community likely won’t be prosecuted, an attorney said.

No misdemeanor charges have been filed against the boys since their April 10 arrests for violating the 30-year-old town ordinance banning skateboards on public streets and sidewalks.

″We’ve not been notified of any action, so I think it will just die there,″ attorney Robert Foley said Monday. He represents Chris Neapolitan, 15, who was arrested along with Josh Gumbinner, 14, and Mike Tavcar, 16.

Members of a Palm Beach police tactical squad stopped and frisked the boys as they performed stunts on the sidewalk near a public beach.

All three were handcuffed and their skateboards confiscated. Then they were driven to the police station and questioned before they were released to their parents.

Palm Beach police defended the arrests and handcuffing, noting that one of the boys had ignored warnings on a previous occasion.

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