Video shows police tackling, kneeing teen over alleged vaping ban

Camera footage shows Maryland police tasering and kneeing Brian Anderson, 19, while reportedly enforcing a boardwalk vaping ban in Ocean City.
2:39 | 06/15/21

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Transcript for Video shows police tackling, kneeing teen over alleged vaping ban
Now to those disturbing altercations in ocean city, Maryland. The police department there reviewing its use of force policies for confrontations caught on camera over alleged vaping violations. We want to warn you these videos are difficult to watch. Kenneth Moton is in ocean city for us. Good morning, Kenneth. Reporter: Good morning, robin. A ticket and a fine up to $100. That's what you could get for smoking or vaping on this ocean city board walk, but that's not what happened to several young men who believe they were targeted because they're black. This morning, this disturbing video sparking outrage. Police in Maryland repeatedly beating a man stopped for allegedly vaping in a prohibited area, and now the Pennsylvania man arrested on ocean city's boardwalk speaking out. They shouldn't have swarmed us like they did. Reporter: Officers say they warned Ryan Anderson and his friends that vaping and smoking are not allowed outside designated areas, but police say Anderson continued vaping, became disorderly and resisted arrest. That repeated knee angered people on that busy boardwalk. Police calling the crowd aggressive and hostile. We didn't know what else to do. We were trying our best to help him in any way. Reporter: After scuffling with an officer, one of Anderson's friends says he was tased. One threw an officer's bike. I got a bike thrown at me. I grabbed the bike and threw it to the side. The police officer came and pushed us and we just started scuffling. Reporter: Ocean city police telling ABC news, while the use of force is never the intended outcome, our police department's first priority is to protect and serve. They do not target based on race or age. But this is not the first time tensions have escalated over vaping on the boardwalk. Just days earlier, this video showing 18-year-old tazir griffin with his hands up before being tased. They said when he was told to stop vaping, he resisted officers. He was not resisting. Reporter: His mother grateful the situation didn't escalate further. When your child is in a situation you have no control over, and you don't know what's going to happen, you flash into these news broadcasts of things that have happened, and I was just praying to god that it did not get to that point. Reporter: All those young men facing various charges. The mayor of the city releasing a statement saying he understands the public's concern, and police and internal affairs is investigating both incidents. Robin? Still looking into it. Kenneth, thank you.

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