Baltimore cops used a police helicopter to order swimmers out of a city pool. A city councilman called the incident 'totally excessive.'

Baltimore Police Department officer in Baltimore.Patrick Semansky/Associated Press
Baltimore police officers used a helicopter to urge people to exit a public pool after it was closed.
One city council member called the practice "completely over the top".
The city's Parks District said there has been a "surge" in misconduct at the pools.
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The Baltimore Police Department used a police helicopter and a blaring loudspeaker to order swimmers out of a closed public pool, in what one city council member called "completely excessive."
"This is the Baltimore Police Department's helicopter unit," an officer can be heard saying from a helicopter in video shared on Twitter by a WBFF photojournalist on Thursday. "For your safety, exit the pool. There is no lifeguard on duty."
Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen said on Twitter that he had "repeatedly" asked police to stop using the helicopter to "chase away kids at the pool."
"While I am concerned about the safety of children swimming at night without lifeguards, it is not. Completely over the top," Cohen wrote in a tweet.
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Cohen did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
In a statement to Insider, the Baltimore Police Department said checking pools by helicopter is a routine practice to "prevent unattended drowning."
The department said that when the video was captured, officers spotted 20 people in one of the pools after it closed and staff went home.
"Officials informed people that there were no lifeguards on duty and ordered people to leave the pool for their safety," the department said.
The Baltimore Park District said in its own statement that the incident comes during a "surge" in misconduct at the pools, "including threats to staff, vandalism and a general disregard for pool rules."
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