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    NORTH PROVIDENCE, RI (CNN/WPRI) -- The mother of an 18-year-old offered support for the officers who forced her 18-year-old son to do push-ups. The exercise was punishment for knocking down a mailbox, and was also caught on video. Now the officers could face a suspension.

    Four juveniles and 18-year-old Richard Marchione are in a video doing pushups on Mark Drive. Police say the teens are suspected of vandalizing a mail box on Spring Dale.

    Marchione's mother Corrinne talked about what happened. She says, quote, "The cop did wrong but I'm glad he tried to teach my son a lesson." But she added, "Personally, I don't think he should be suspended."

    Police say the pushup order is only part of the internal investigation which includes questions about why four officers responded to the traffic stop.

    In the police report, Officer Luis Rivera wrote he told the teens they should engage in more physical activity to keep them busy and away from trouble. He wrote that he told them to get in the pushup position and give him some pushups. North Providence mayor Charles Lombardi says, "I want to reserve my opinion until we do a fair and thorough investigation."

    Mayor Lombardi says he's received several calls from taxpayers who agree with the officers decisions but as Lombardi says, "To allow the officers to administer some sort of street punishment, I cannot condone."

    And he admits the caught on video pushups are added embarrassment to a town still reeling from the felony conviction of former Chief John Whiting and the unrelated corruption convictions of three now former members of the town council.

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