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10 - CAPE GAZETI, Friday, Sgptembgr 13 - SgPtember 19,1996 of Beau's dilemma after she re- what he had done. Police Continued from page 1 walked away from the pavilion and across the boardwalk to the beach side. He alleges that, at that point, Doyle approached him again and, after a verbal ex- change, physically tackled him and wrestled him to the ground on the boardwalk where he held him in a headlock. "The first thing that happened was a man came up behind me where I was sitting on the bench and put his arm around in front of my face with something in his hand," Beau said, "I didn't realize it at first that it was a badge. He yelled at me to get down from the [profanity] bench. I did get down, but I also wanted to know what I was doing wrong. '[e whole time, when he came across the boardwalk and yelled at me again, I was saying that I didn't do anything wrong and I told him to stop yelling at me. Yes, I was yelling at him, and he told me to stop yelling or he would arrest me for disturbing the peace." According to the teenage boys, Doyle was not in uniform and was wearing shorts, a shirt and some kind of hat. Brian Mason, who was standing beside his brother when the al- leged incident occurred, said the man who tackled Beau called for assistance and at least one by- stander responded by twisting his brother's arm up behind his back. After several other police officers responded, the Maryland teenager was taken to Rehoboth Police De- partment where he was charged with disorderly conduct and re- sisting arrest. Mother called to station Unaware of events taking place a block away, Susan Mason and her nine-year-old son played miniature golf and enjoyed rides in the arcade. She had made arrangements with her older sons that they would return to their motel by midnight. She only became aware turned to their Dewey Beach mo- tel at approximately 10 p.m. "I got a call from the front desk, telling me that my son was at Re- hoboth Beach Police Station; and he had been arrested for fighting," she said, "I couldn't believe it! I was angry at him, but I could hardly believe it. My son is not a fighter." When Mason arrived at the po- lice station, she found more than I0 other teenagers waiting outside the building. At the time, she had no idea that they had walked from Wilmington Avenue to the station to support Beau and enter written statements of what they wit- nessed. She believed them to be a gang that had caused a fight involving her son. "I really glared at them as I went by," Mason said, "Then, af- ter I got inside, I found my son Brian and three other teenagers filling out written statements, and heard that these kids were here in support of Beau and in opposition to what the chief of police did." According to Susan Mason, several of the teenagers requested to file written statements, but only four were allowed to do so. Doyle tells his story Mason said that Chief Doyle spoke with her before she talked with her sons. After she spoke with Doyle, she said the teenagers who were still gathered outside told her their version of the story, and they said that Beau didn't do anything. At that point, she still had not heard her son's account. In a written statement that she filed with her complaint, she said, "The Chief's version of this was the first one I heard, and even his own version was troubling. As I asked more questions, he became visibly agitated." She said the chief told her of or- dering her son off of the bench and out of the pavilion. He did not admit to raising his voice or using profanity. He acknowledged that the brothers did comply with his or- ders, but said Beau asked rudely Susan Mason said, "I was think- ing the same thing myself. Is it against the law to sit on the back of a bench?" When Doyle told her that he went back over to Beau on the far side of the boardwalk, the mother asked him why he would ap- proach her son again if he had complied with orders. The Chief of Police responded that he was angry with Beau because he had been rude. At that point, Susan Mason re- ports that she told Doyle that it sounded like harassment. According to her account, Doyle did tell her that he had to use force to wrestle Beau to the ground. When asked why, he said he did it because the boy was yelling back at him. She said that she asked the desk officer for copies of the written statements from witnesses and was told that she could not have them. In the course of the evening, the mother was informed that her son could be given an appointment for a family court arbitration hearing which could result in the arrest be- ing removed from his record if he complied successfully with sanc- tions imposed in the hearing. She also understood that entering into the arbitration process is an ad- mission of guilt. Decision to file complaint "In all good conscience, I can't HOUSE OF THE WEEK Just reduced to $218,000 from $239,000 (contract fell through.) Three bedroom, 2 1/2 baths with Florida room, living room, dining room, two decks. Fully furnished, never rented. Please call Virgil Brown, RE/MAX Realty Group, 227-4800 or direct at 945-8545. Re/Max Realty Group 402 Rehoboth Avenue Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 302-945-8545 (direct line) Please call Virgil Brown for all your real estate sales and appreisa/ needs. tell my son that it i s okay to go to arbitration just to get it over with," she said, "I wasn't sure about fil- ing the complaint at first, because of the distance we have to travel to participate, and I can't afford to incur a lot of expense. "But, he is not guilty of any- thing! And, the people of Re- hoboth Beach need to know how their chief of police behaves." At this point, after the filing of a formal complaint, the Masons are still not sure what the step-by-step process entails. Contacted before the complaint was filed, Chief Doyle was asked if there was an arrest incident Thursday night, Aug. 22. He did confirm that a teenage boy was ar- rested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest on that night. He said, "[There was an arrest] just for disorderly conduct, garden variety disorderly conduct." Doyle said that there was noth- ing out of the ordinary about the arrest; and he also confirmed that four young people signed witness statements. He confirmed that a group of youngsters did come to the police station following the ar- rest, but he said that is not out of the ordinary. He said that he spoke with the mother of the arrested teenager so she would not get the information second hand. The chief of police was out of his office Thursday and could not be reached for comment. Greg Ferrese, Rehoboth Beach city manager, said that he was aware that a complaint had been filed against the chief of police. He said that, as of Thursday after- noon, he had not seen a copy of the complaint. When asked if he was going to read it, he replied that he would see it Monday. Ferrese said, "A lady came in Wednesday and told me she was going to file a complaint; it's in- volving her son. It's something that happened at the Wilmington Avenue Pavilion. I know that has been a trouble spot for us all sum- mer." When asked if Doyle was aware that a complaint had been filed against him, he replied that the chief knew of it, but was out of town Thursday and would see the complaint Monday when he re- turned to his office. He also said that Mayor Sam Cooper would see the complaint Monday. Ferrese also said that there was no plan to include discussion of the complaint during the city com- missioners' meeting Friday, Sept. 13. 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