Police issue statement after video of arrests leaked online

CINCINNATI (WXIX) – The Cincinnati Police Department released a statement after video of an arrest of two teenagers selling water circulated online.

The teenagers were selling bottles of water to Roselawn drivers, police said. However, they said the teenagers ignored their orders to stop driving in and out of traffic.

“The Cincinnati Police Department is aware of a two-minute, twenty-four second cellphone video circulating on social media. Cellphone video captured on the afternoon of Monday, June 27, 2022 is only a snippet of an incident that lasted over 10 minutes. In an effort for full transparency on the part of the department and to explain the context and content seen in the cellphone video, we are releasing the full body camera footage of the two officers who were initially dispatched on the incident.” , the department said in its statement. .

CPD did not say when the body cam videos will be released.

Police say at around 1.15pm on Monday officers were dispatched to Reading Road and Seymour Avenue after a caller said a large group of teenagers were selling water and running down the street.

When officers arrived, they saw several teenagers on the street, and one of them threw a water bottle into traffic.

The CPD said an officer could be heard on the body camera video telling the teenager to pick up the bottle that had been thrown. A second officer then told the group they could sell water, they just needed to stay out of traffic.

According to the police, the group then argued with the officers.

Police said the group had received repeated orders to get off the roadway.

“Pedestrian safety is a top priority for our department. These teenagers running in and out of traffic while selling water were a major concern not only for the caller, but also for our responders. This is an incredibly busy junction and the last thing we would want is for a young person to be hit while running down the street,” the ministry said.

An officer said a 14-year-old refused their request to come off the street and “stayed combative there”.

As they attempted to take the teenager into custody, police said they continued to resist arrest and as this was happening two teenagers approached and one of them attempted to remove a fanny pack from the detained teenager.

The 14-year-old was taken into custody without further incident.

According to police, as one officer placed the 14-year-old in the back of his patrol car, another officer attempted to take the 15-year-old into custody for obstructing official business after repeatedly refusing to times to get out of the roadway.

The 15-year-old continued to resist arrest as officers gave him numerous commands to put his hands behind his back before they could take him into custody, police said.

After the teenagers were arrested, police say another teenager said to an officer: ‘He got my bag, I need my bag’, referring to the fanny pack they were trying to take to the 14 year old.

Police said the officer unzipped the bag and saw what appeared to be a gun inside. The teenager told officers it was a BB gun. Upon examination it turned out to be a BB gun which was an exact replica of a Glock 19 and this teenager was not arrested.

The 14 and 15 year olds were arrested for resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

Police said they had no problem with teenagers selling water.

“We admire their hustle and understand that they’re just trying to make some extra money this summer. But where they’re trying to sell water is dangerous, especially when driving in and out of traffic. Like As the body camera video shows, even with repeated commands to exit the street, the group continued to enter and exit the roadway, impeding traffic and causing a major safety issue for everyone involved. our officers’ duty to ensure that these teenagers are not harmed or cause any traffic incident by their actions,” the department said.

Police are asking residents of the Roselawn community to provide places where teens can see their water while earning money and staying safe.

If you have any ideas, please contact Sergeant Jeffrey Meister of the District Four Neighborhood Liaison Unit.

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