Police officers in Ocean City, Maryland, recently tackled a Black teenager. One officer repeatedly kneed him in the stomach. As the incident progressed, a crowd gathered, and police physically brawled with members of the crowd, even using a stun gun on one of them. Four teenagers were arrested. The incident quickly went viral.

There was no 911 call alleging that violence was occurring. There was no riot or hostage incident, either. In fact, the officers involved were not responding to any report of serious crime or community members in distress. They were attempting to enforce an anti-vaping ordinance.

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