Police say the incident started at around 1:30 p.m. Monday when the amusement park's security asked the family to put the knives they were carrying on their belts back into their car, for safety reasons and to comply with park policy.
"Anything that might look like a weapon or could be conceived as a weapon, we don't allow into the park," Chris Nicoli, the park's spokesperson said.
"They were just upset they couldn't bring knives into the amusement park," Sergeant Jason Smith said.
"One in particular jumped on the second officer and was kicking him in the head," Smith said.
After the situation died down and five people were arrested, police say the family's mother "faked a seizure," was evaluated by paramedics from the Salem Fire Department, and released.
The family members, all from Vermont, face a variety of charges. Joshua Perry, 23, and Brian Perry, 18, both face a felony riot charge, as well as resisting arrest charges. Joshua has also been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, and Brian has also been charged with simple assault.
Damian Perry, 18, Ashley Perry, 20, and Alan Perry, 45, were each charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. Alan also faces a felony charge of second degree assault.
It was unclear when the family members will next appear in court.
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