Video circulates of Ocean City officers tazing suspects in Boardwalk vaping incident

Ocean City Boardwalk

OCEAN CITY, Md. (WDVM) — The Ocean City Police Department arrived at the area of 12th Street and the Boardwalk around 8:28 pm Saturday evening.

According to police, they approached a large group vaping on the boardwalk and informed them of a local ordinance that prohibits smoking and vaping outside of the designated areas on the Boardwalk. Police say the group dispersed but one suspect was seen starting to vape again. Police approached the group again and the suspect refused to provide identification and became disorderly.

During this encounter, a large crowd of people began to form around police as they attempted to arrest Brian Everett Anderson, 19, for failure to provide necessary identification for the violation of the local ordinance. Police say Anderson began to resist arrest and was charged with disorderly conduct, resist/interfere with arrest, assault second degree, and failure to provide proof of identity.

In a statement, the Ocean City Police Department stated, “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. All uses of force go through a detailed review process. The uses of force from these arrests will go through a multi-level examination by the Assistant Patrol Commander, the Division Commander, and then by the Office of Professional Standards.”

This story is developing and will be updated.

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