- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2020

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Authorities in Ocean City, Maryland, say that a police officer’s actions are under review after a video appeared to show him throwing a punch and putting his arm around a young man’s neck.

Ocean City police spokesperson Ashley Miller told The Daily Times of Salisbury on Friday that the department is aware of the video. She said the use of force in that arrest has been going through a multilevel review process.

The video shows officers handcuffing a young man over an open container of alcohol on the boardwalk on May 31. The man’s friend, Taylor Cimorosi, can be heard yelling expletives at officers complaining about why his friend is being arrested.

Cimorosi called an officer a “pig” right before the officer tells him he’s under arrest. Cimorosi asks why before the officer places his hands on Cimorosi’s shoulders and neck.

Cimorosi places his hands on the officers forearms. The officer appears to strike Cimorosi and then wraps an arm around the young man’s neck.

Cimorosi was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

He told the newspaper: “I was really just speaking my First Amendment. And I just, I feel like that cop shouldn’t be, shouldn’t have a badge no more.”

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