Vermont family charged after amusement park riot

SALEM, N.H. (AP) — Police say five members of a Vermont family assaulted police officers during a melee that erupted when security guards at an amusement park told them to leave their knives in the car.

Salem police say the fracas started about 1:30 p.m. Monday when the group tried to enter Canobie Lake Park. Two officers responded to quell the disturbance and the family became irate, yelling profanities.

When an officer told one man he was under arrest, a fight broke out as people jumped on the backs of the officers, punched, kicked and grabbed for their weapons. Two officers were injured.

Family members ages 18 to 45 from Lyndonville and Sutton face charges ranging from felony riot and assault to disorderly conduct. It could not immediately be learned if they had lawyers.

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