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Authorities probe kids' push-up punishment

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Four police officers in Rhode Island are being investigated for making five boys do push-ups on the side of a street as punishment for damaging a mailbox.

Acting North Providence Police Chief Paul Martellini said a woman called police Friday to report her mailbox was damaged. Officers then pulled over a car full of teenagers.

Mayor Charles Lombardi told WPRO-AM 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.

Lombardi said officers took the law into their own hands and called it unacceptable. He wants the officers suspended.

Martellini has ordered an internal investigation.


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