Criminal charges filed by Pocono Township police against a group of allegedly disorderly guests at Camelback Resort & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark have been withdrawn by the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, as an investigation continues into whether the actions of two police officers amounted to police brutality.
The charges were withdrawn Thursday at the offices of Magisterial District Justice Daniel Kresge in Bartonsville.
Pocono Township Police Chief Kent Werkheiser said Friday the move to withdraw the charges was standard procedure in any case where officers involved in an arrest come under investigation. He said the charges, though withdrawn, can be "brought back at any time."
"We are waiting for the district attorney to complete what they are doing, and a decision will be made," Werkheiser said.
Two police officers involved in the July 8 incident at the waterpark at Camelback have been placed on administrative leave, pending the completion of the ongoing investigation into their actions, Werkheiser said.
Police had been called to the resort for help in dealing with "young adults who refused to leave," and a fight ensued, Werkheiser said.
Though he said he has no way of knowing when the investigation will be completed, Werkheiser said, "I’ve got a feeling this is going to come to an end very shortly as far as a final determination of any wrongdoing."
E. David Christine, the district attorney, did not return a call seeking comment.
A cellphone video of the police encounter with one of the guests shows what appears to be an officer hitting a man while he was on the floor. The video has prompted the Monroe County Chapter of the NAACP to call for the release of "any available videos" from the resort.
The video was posted publicly to Instagram by a man who identified himself as the father of a young man being restrained by police. The post read "That is MY son on the ground" and included numerous hashtags, including #ENDPOLICEBRUTALITY and #Justice4Anthony2020. In the beginning of the video, a police officer can be seen punching a young man several times in the head.
The NAACP also wants to review the use-of-force policies currently in place by both Pocono Township Police Department and Stroud Area Regional PD led by Chief Jennifer Lyon, as well as Pocono Mountain Regional Police.