A different sort of viral video thrust a spotlight on the boardwalk here last summer. In a street brawl, a man is knocked to a bench and cold-cocked. He clutches his face. Two men beat him, and he slumps to the ground. More violent videos — beatings showing young men, both Black and white — followed, alarming the City Council and threatening the beach town’s family-friendly reputation. Officials called emergency closed-door meetings to figure out how to bring order to the boardwalk after dark.
Amid a rash of boardwalk beatings, Ocean City police toughened up enforcement. Did the town go too far?
July 19, 2021