Family attacks police after amusement park rejection, police say
SALEM, NH (WGME) -- A New England family is accused of punching and kicking police officers, after they were turned away from a New Hampshire amusement park.
The five member family from Vermont tried to go to Canobie Lake Park in Salem.
Some of them had knives on their belts and were told they couldn't bring them in.
Witnesses say the family became belligerent.
Two officers responded creating even more chaos.
Deputy Chief Shawn Patten of the Salem Police Department says, "They were jumping on officers' backs. One officer was kicked in the head. They were punching and scratching. It was a melee."
Police say the family even tried to unsuccessfully grab an officer's gun from its holster.
Police also say the mother in the group faked a seizure as officers hauled off her husband and sons.
One officer suffered a separated shoulder, while a second suffered cuts and scrapes.
All five people are facing charges.