Four teenagers from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, were picked up Saturday night and charged with various offenses, including disorderly conduct and resisting or interfering with an arrest.
This latest confrontation unfolded just before 8:30 p.m. ET as officers patrolled the neighborhood by the boardwalk and 12th Street and found a group vaping, according to a statement by the town of Ocean City. As they walked away, at least one in the group started vaping again, leading to another confrontation, according to the town’s statement. “We are aware of the social media videos circulating regarding this incident. Our officers are permitted to use force, per their training, to overcome exhibited resistance,” the statement said.
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“All uses of force go through a detailed review process. The uses of force from these arrests will go through a multilevel examination by the Assistant Patrol Commander, the Division Commander and then by the Office of Professional Standards.” The videos left many people questioning whether police needed to use such force over a vaping ordinance.
State Sen. Mary Beth Carozza (R-Worcester) said in a statement that she had watched the Ocean City Police Department’s entire video of the arrests and emphasized that the individuals detained “were informed of the smoking and vaping prohibition on the Boardwalk, and their follow up violent actions led to their arrest.” Police acknowledged the footage and promised a thorough review of the officers’ actions.
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