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Viral video shows cops tase teen for vaping on Maryland boardwalk

Shocking video shows the moment Maryland cops tase a teenager with his hands up while arresting him for vaping on the boardwalk.

The now-viral clip, which has more than 1.5 million views, shows Brian Everett Anderson, 19, with his hands up as he’s surrounded by at least five cops in Ocean City Saturday night.

Police said they saw Anderson vaping after telling him to stop earlier in the night.

Without moving away, he appears to unhook a strap to his backpack — which witnesses say was an order from the officers — and then clutch his stomach and fall after going stiff from being zapped with the Taser.

“Stop! He was standing there!” a clearly upset woman screamed as other witnesses yelled at the officers.

“What is wrong with you?” one man asked, as the cops quickly moved in to back up the angry crowd as Anderson was turned onto his stomach and handcuffed.

Brian Everett Anderson clutched his stomach and fell to the ground after being tased by police officers.

“Y’all did that for no reason,” a woman told the officers. “He was literally standing there.”

Police then arrested three other teens after “a large crowd of people began to form around the officers,” the town of Ocean City said in a release.

One was busted for yelling profanities, another for allegedly threatening to throw a bike at the officers and the third for becoming disorderly after being warned that he was standing on private property, the release said.

Other footage showed three officers on top of one of the arrested teens, while another clip showed cops carrying one away as someone shouts, “Are you f—ing serious? For no reason …”

Witnesses to the teens’ arrests were upset at the actions taken by the Ocean City police officers.

They “literally HOG TIED him, took his shoes off and took his pants,” insisted one of the witnesses who took the footage, which has been seen more than 1.3 million times by early Monday.

The witnesses said the officers “asked [Anderson] to take his bookbag off … he was doing what they asked him.”

The town said the debacle started when officers on foot patrol “observed a large group vaping on the boardwalk,” warning them that “the local ordinance prohibiting smoking and vaping outside of the designated areas on the Boardwalk.”

“As the group walked away, officers observed the same male start vaping again,” the town’s statement said.

When they returned, “the male refused to provide his proof of identification and became disorderly” and then “resisted arrest,” the town said.

“We are aware of the social media videos circulating regarding this incident,” the town said, revealing that “the uses of force from these arrests will go through a multi-level examination” by police officials as well as professional standards.

However, the statement stressed, “Our officers are permitted to use force, per their training, to overcome exhibited resistance.”

Anderson was charged with disorderly conduct, resist/interfere with arrest, second-degree assault and failure to provide proof of identity.

Kamere Anthony Day, 19, was arrested for allegedly yelling profanities. He was charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing and hindering, failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order, resist/interfere with arrest and second-degree assault, the town said.

Jahtique Joseph John Lewis, 18, was accused of pushing a public safety aide in the chest while yelling profanities and also picking up a police bicycle to hit the aide, then resisting arrest.

He was charged with disorderly conduct, failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order, obstructing & hindering, assault second degree and resisting/interfering with arrest.

The town said the debacle started when officers on foot patrol “observed a large group vaping on the boardwalk,” and warned them about the local ordinance.

Dwayne Warren, 19, was busted for allegedly becoming disorderly when told he had to move from “standing on private property next to two ‘no trespassing signs,’” the town said.

Warren was charged with trespassing-posted property, resist/interfere with arrest.

All four teens are from Harrisburg, Pa.

They were seen by a Maryland District Court commissioner and released on their own personal recognizance, the town said.

Per: NYP

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