TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Police use pushups to punish suspected vandals, video shows

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, 8:20 p.m.
 

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Four police officers in Rhode Island are being investigated for making five boys do pushups on the side of a street as punishment for damaging a mailbox.

Acting North Providence Police Chief Paul Martellini said a woman called police Friday morning to report her mailbox was damaged. Officers soon found a bright yellow sports car that matched the description, he said. Several teenagers were inside.

A neighbor videotaped the stop from across the street and posted it online.

Martellini said he has ordered an internal investigation and would not immediately comment on whether the officers' actions were appropriate. He said he heard from many people during the weekend about whether the officers' actions were appropriate.

“Some people say it's the right thing to do. Some people say it's the wrong thing to do. The question is, was it the professional thing to do?” he said.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. New York, New Jersey order 21-day quarantine of all in contact with Ebola virus
  2. Seattle area school homecoming ‘prince’ guns down classmates
  3. Philadelphia Mafia figure returned to prison for meeting friend
  4. Warhol bodyguard sued over hidden artwork
  5. U.S. rules out apology to Pyongyang in exchange for 2 imprisoned Americans
  6. North Korea may have key to nuclear missile, general says
  7. Hatchet attack was terror, NYPD says
  8. 2 California deputies slain, suspect captured
  9. Lawyer turns down AG post
  10. Washington city takes stock of damage from rare tornado
  11. Test confirms remains are missing Virginia student’s
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.