Virginia Beach, Va. - A dozen Virginia Beach police officers have been sidelined by use-of-force investigations as the city heads into the Memorial Day weekend.
Eight of them patrol the Oceanfront and surrounding neighborhoods.
Police spokeswoman Tonya Borman said the department has backup plans to ensure the Oceanfront is staffed properly. Each year, the police department moves dozens of officers from surrounding precincts to the Oceanfront for the start of the tourist season.
Five Second Precinct officers are on administrative duties because of a shootout in early may. A man choked his wife and shot his friend, and then confronted police. Christopher Cody Smith was jailed and no officers were hurt.
Last weekend, bystanders recorded on cell phones the rough arrest of a man accused of punching an Oceanfront bouncer. A police spokesman said the man also assaulted two officers. The video shows two officers holding down D'Vondray T. McIntyre and punching him as a third delivers a series of knee strikes. On Thursday, police confirmed the three officers shown in the video are also being put on administrative duties while the arrest is reviewed.