OCEAN CITY, Md. (WJZ) — Arrests in Ocean City are sparking controversy after police take down a pregnant woman on the beach Sunday.
She was part of a large group that says it was being harassed. But police have a very different version of what happened.
Mary Bubala reports–the incident was caught on cell phone video.
The cell phone video picks up shouting with Ocean City officers quietly standing by.
It’s at this point, according to police, that 25-year-old Abdul Kargbo of Woodbridge begins cursing and yelling at officers and then begins walking away.
Soon officers take down other members of the group, including a woman who is pregnant.
The take downs continue. Meanwhile, the pregnant woman had to have an emergency c-section.
Police say she soon will be charged with assault and resisting arrest, along with Abdul Kargbo, 24-year-old Musa Seisay and 21-year-old Saidu Kargbo
“We have full confidence that our officers did act appropriately,” said Lindsay O’Neal, Ocean City police spokesperson.
O’Neal says it all started with the group yelling, cursing and disrupting families at the beach. She says a lifeguard asked them to tone it down and one of the suspects allegedly threatened the lifeguard–followed by threats to police when they arrived.
O’Neal says the pregnant woman was assaulting officers prior to being taken down.
“Any person who assaults a police officer must be detained,” O’Neal said.
Members of the group at the beach that day would not go on camera, but they say the police account is totally false and they were racially profiled.
Members of the group are considering legal action against Ocean City police.
The group also says it has more video of the incident.