Fourth Suspect Arrested In Ocean City Beach Altercation
OCEAN CITY, Md. - A fourth suspect was charged after an altercation in Ocean City Sunday afternoon. It's a video that on its own, could paint the Ocean City Police in a negative light, but town officials say this one video doesn't tell the entire story.
"We just want to remind everyone that a video does not show a 360 degree view of what actually happened," says Lindsay O'Neal, Public Affairs Specialist for the Ocean City Police Department.
Court documents show police were called to the beach at north division street Sunday afternoon, where a life guard says he was threatened, after asking a man and an apparently unruly group he was with, to calm down.
When police arrived, an altercation with officers followed. O'Neal tells WMDT "three other individuals assaulted our officers, including the female that you reference, and the officers had to take the necessary steps to bring them into custody."
Including the arrest of 24 year-old Dalima Palmer, a then, pregnant woman.
The four, Abdul Kargbo, Musa Seisay, and Saidu Kargbo were taken into custody, when Palmer reportedly began to experience labor pains and was taken to PRMC for an emergency C-Section.
"It is unfortunate that the circumstances played out the way that they did, but at this time, we do believe our officers followed a departmental policy," that policy, O'Neal says, is using 'equal force against equal resistance.'
According to Ocean City officials, public response has been overwhelmingly positive, and the town stands by their force.
"Right now, we don't have any reason to believe that we shouldn't support our police department," says Jessica Waters, Communications Manager the Town of Ocean City.
Palmer was officially charged Thursday, with second degree assault, disorderly conduct, and a number of other charges.
While a friend close to the individuals involved in the incident tells WMDT, they plan to take legal action, no official charges have been filed against the Ocean City Police officers, or the Ocean City Police Department.
Ocean City Police say they will take a look at any video and listen to all witness statements to ensure their officers reports are accurate.
Monday, September 15 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:32:09 GMT
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