Dousing Incidents

Beacon teens allegedly threw water

Several people on Facebook this month each recounted how a group of teenagers in Beacon threw water on them from a vehicle. Detective Sgt. Jason Johnson of the Beacon Police Department said a complaint was filed on Aug. 1 but that the victim declined to prosecute because the suspect was a minor.

It was not clear what prompted the incidents, but in July, videos posted online showed people dousing New York City police officers who responded to gatherings on hot days around open fire hydrants. A bill introduced in the state Assembly on July 24 would make it a felony to throw or spray any substance, including water, on a police officer.