State trooper charged over skateboarder beating in Dauphin County

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 12, 2016 3:36 PM

(Harrisburg) -- A state trooper has been charged in Dauphin County over the beating of a skateboarder who claims he was attacked after making an obscene hand gesture. 

Trooper Ryan Luckenbaugh has been charged with oppression, simple assault and harassment. 

Skater Chris Siennick alleges Luckenbaugh and another trooper called him a slur last May so he made the obscene gesture. 

He claims he was then hit with a baton, zapped with a stun gun, punched and kicked. 

Siennick was arrested and spent three weeks in jail.

After reviewing footage of the incident, the Dauphin County district attorney's office dropped all charges and recommended an internal investigation. 

Luckenbaugh has been suspended without pay.

A message seeking comment from his lawyer in a civil lawsuit Siennick filed wasn't immediately returned  today. 

The second trooper hasn't been charged.

He was fired last year.

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