RI Cops Probed For Making Teens Do Pushups As Punishment [VIDEO]Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Four police officers in Rhode Island are being investigated for making five boys do pushups on the side of a street as punishment for damaging a mailbox.
Acting North Providence Police Chief Paul Martellini says a woman called police Friday to report her mailbox was damaged. Officers then pulled over a car full of teenagers.
Mayor Charles Lombardi told Providence radio station WPRO-AM that the officers thought the best way to reprimand them was for them to do pushups.
A neighbor videotaped the stop and posted it online. It was first reported by WJAR-TV in Providence.
Lombardi said officers took the law into their own hands and called it unacceptable and that he wants the officers suspended.
Lombardi told the radio station, "You can't fix stupid. I think that's the only explanation here."
Martellini has ordered an internal investigation.
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