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.