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Officers surrounded by crowd during melee, disperse with OC, mayor still throws them under bus


Police in Annapolis, are facing scrutiny from the mayor despite their best efforts in arresting a group of individuals during a brawl in an Eastport apartment complex.

Annapolis PD officers were dispatched to the area around 7:30 PM on Sunday, after they received reports of a fight so severe, that one individual left to retrieve a gun.

“The situation was extremely active,” APD spokeswoman Sergeant Amy Miguez said. “Officers were trying to stop people from being assaulted.”

Only two officers were sent to the scene and were outnumbered by the surging crowd involved in the melee.

A massive crowd then formed during the altercation, making it difficult for the officers to diffuse the situation without force.

The officers were ultimately forced to use pepper spray to disperse the crowd. One used the zapping sound of their Tasers to deter further attack.

According to WUSA, Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley has said he is “very concerned” over the actions seen in the video.

He went on saying he is “committed to the highest standards for the Annapolis Police Department and the efforts to improve community policing.”

According to the Capital Gazette, APD arrested Nejeria Gross, 21, on a citation for disorderly conduct, and Tomeka Myisha Cooper, 32, on charges of second-degree assault, failure to obey and disorderly conduct. A 17-year-old from Baltimore was also arrested on a juvenile citation for assault.

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