OCPD arrest four men in large altercation on the boardwalk
OCEAN CITY, Md. – Ocean City Police Department arrested four men Sunday night. Police say around 8:28 p.m. officers were on foot patrol in the area of 12th street and the Boardwalk. That’s when they say they saw a large group vaping on the boardwalk. Police say they approached the group to tell them vaping on the boardwalk violates a local ordinance.
Ocean City Police Department says as the group began walking away, officers saw one of the men start vaping again. That’s when officers went back up to the group. Police say the man, 19-year-old Brian Everett Anderson of Harrisburg, PA, refused to provide identification and became disorderly. A large crowd began to form around the officers. Police say they tried to arrest Anderson, who resisted before being put into handcuffs.
As officers were arresting Anderson, police say 19-year-old Kamere Anthony Day of Harrisburg, PA began yelling profanities at them. Police say Day approached the officers as the arrest was happening. Officers put a police bike in front of Day and told him to back up. Police say Day did not comply and continued yelling and trying to approach the arrest taking place. Officers approached Day to arrest him as well, but police say he resisted. Day was placed under arrest.
Police say, as that was happening, officers and public safety aids tried to create a perimeter between the group and the gathering crowd. Officers saw 18-year-old Jahtique Joseph John Lewis of Harrisburg, PA push a public safety aid while yelling profanities. John Lewis then reportedly picked up a police bicycle and tried to hit a public safety aide with it. Police were able to get the bicycle out of John Lewis’ hands. But police say he assaulted the same public safety aide again. Officers tried to put John Lewis under arrest, and say he resisted. He was also arrested.
Then, police say officers saw 19-year-old Khalil Dwayne Warren of Harrisburg, PA standing on private property near two “no trespassing” signs. Police say officers ordered Warren to get off the property if he was not staying there, but he became disorderly. Police say Warren resisted, but was arrested.
Anderson was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting and interfering with an arrest, assault in the second degree, and failure to provide proof of identity. Day is also facing multiple charges, including disorderly conduct, obstructing and hindering, failure to obey reasonable and lawful order, resisting and interfering with an arrest, and assault in the second degree. John Lewis was charged with disorderly conduct, failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order, obstructing and hindering, assault in the second degree, and resisting and interfering with an arrest. Warren was charged with trespassing on a posted property, as well as resisting and interfering with an arrest. All four men were seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner, and released on their own personal recognizance.
Ocean City Police Department says they are aware of several videos of the incident circulating on social media. They say their officers are permitted to use force, per their training, to overcome resistance. The department says all use of force are subject to a detailed review process. Ocean City Police Department says any use of force used during the incident will undergo a multi-level examination by the Assistant Patrol Commander, the Division Commander, and the Office of Professional Standards.