Police officers in Ocean City, Maryland are apparently being investigated after video footage showed them beating; and tasing Black teens Saturday for vaping on the Broadwalk.
Ocean View officials have said in a statement that they are reviewing the officers’ behavior but mentioned in the same statement; that officers are allowed to use force in response to a hint of resistance from a civilian; this sentiment is especially cringe worthy because one video clearly shows a Black teen with his hands raised being tased within a split second of him lowering one hand towards his backpack.
One video shows a group of officers struggling with one of the teens who was on the ground; when one of the officers began repeatedly kneeing the teen; while other officers held him down and another officer is heard shouting, “Stop resisting!”
Ocean City officials wrote in a statement that “Our officers are permitted to use force, per their training, to overcome exhibited resistance, ”; but many people are still wondering why the cops felt the need to go so hard in enforcing the city’s vaping laws.
Sherrilyn Ifill, the president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, urged Attorney General Brian Frosh to; “investigate these multiple incidents involving police and unarmed Black teens in Ocean City, MD.”
In the video that shows a teen being tased while his hands were up; a bystander can be heard shouting at an officer, “He was standing there! You all did that for no reason.”