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Weekend Goes Smoothly with Extra OCPD Presence

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Photo of crowd on Ocean City boardwalk Saturday that lead to multiple arrest (Viewer Submitted) Photo of crowd on Ocean City boardwalk Saturday that lead to multiple arrest (Viewer Submitted)

OCEAN CITY, Md.- Ocean City police said this past weekend went smoothly after increasing their presence due to a recent boardwalk brawl.

Jason Hickman has lived in Ocean City since he was 19. He now works at the Majestic Hotel on the boardwalk and 7th Street. He witnessed the fight that happened right in front of the hotel and took a video of the massive crowd.

"It was quite interesting to say the least," he said. "I'd never seen anything like that down here, and hopefully we don't see anything like that again."

Police hope the same thing. Twelve people were arrested that night, but not before the rowdy crowd of several hundred forced people on the boardwalk to hop the seawall just to feel safe.

"I could say during that event, like any event, you might have it has the potential to be danger," Hickman said. "But personally, I didn't feel that threatened, but it certainly things like that can change in two seconds."

Because of the incident, Ocean City increased its police presence on the boardwalk and throughout the town. This past weekend, however, police said nothing of significance happened.

Police said they hope to send a message to trouble-makers that they're out there watching them. They also hope the extra patrol keeps tourists from feeling scared.

"To ensure that families that come here, the families that trust us with their family's safety... can enjoy the town and the boardwalk in particular without having any concerns," Lindsey Richards, an  Ocean City police spokesperson.

She also said the disorderly crowd was an anomaly, but added that the department will be keeping additional officers working for the rest of the summer.

In total, there were 43 arrests this past weekend, all of which police said were relatively minor and on par with a normal summer weekend in the beach town.

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