FRANKLYWNOW - Cops scour videotape to re-examine Newburgh riot

Cops scour videotape to re-examine Newburgh riot

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Police in Newburgh are examining a video to determine if officers properly handled a riot situation over the weekend.

Nearly a thousand people lined William Street in Newburgh Sunday after New York City's Puerto Rican Day parade. Police say trouble started after the fireworks when fights broke out in the crowds. When police tried to break up the fights, they say they were not well received.

Police arrested four people in the melee. They used mace to control the crowds and even a Taser gun on one man, who was solicited for resisting arrest. Newburgh Police Lieutenant Charles Broe says none of the officers were out of line considering the huge number of people, many of whom were throwing rocks and bottles at cops.

Some residents accused police of being overzealous while breaking up the riot. Police admit they are dealing with a complaint someone filed about an 8-month-old baby sprayed with mace. They are reviewing more videotape to investigate.

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