WASHINGTON (ABC7) has reported that two of the Washington, DC teens who were detained and handcuffed by police for selling water without a permit have been offered summer jobs.
“Thursday, June 22, shortly before 5 PM, four male individuals, (three teenagers and one adult), were detained by U.S. Park Police officers for illegally vending on the National Mall in the area of 12th Street and Jefferson Drive, NW,” said Park Police spokeswoman Anna Rose. “The three juveniles (one 16 & two 17), were released to the custody of their legal guardians, along with their container and all of the items enclosed within. All parties were released with a verbal warning against vending without a permit and vending in a geographically prohibited area. No parties were cited or arrested.”
The viral video of the teens being handcuffed was viewed by Raymond Bell who is now training Nolan White and Devin Gatewood for their new summer jobs through the Helping Other People Excel (H.O.P.E.) project. Bell started the H.O.P.E. project in 2009, to combat the high unemployment rate in the community.