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D.C. Cop Admits to Drawing Gun at Snowball Fight


A Washington D.C. police officer frightened participants at an impromptu snowball fight yesterday after unholstering his gun and threatening people, apparently in response to being hit with a snowball. A video posted to YouTube shows the cop arguing with a group of people and then admitting that he pulled his gun.

Says the detective: "Yes I did. Because I got hit with snowballs."



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  1. I was walking around DC at that time. There were no cars in the streets, no stores or business open, nothing. It was like a ghost town. I walked down Virginia Avenue to the national mall and only passed one car (a police car as well). The streets were the same as the parks: empty except for people enjoying the snow.

    Posted by: bren | Dec 20, 2009 4:37:44 PM

  2. He deserves a medal for not capping that particularly fat-mouthed bitch. What a pack of assholes.

    Posted by: Randy Novak | Dec 20, 2009 4:52:06 PM

  3. "This story is about a racist black cop."

    I suppose there's no mention of racism here.

    "If they had been brothers no gun would have been pulled"

    Or here.

    White people always start up with the racial nonsense and then pretend it is the blacks' fault when there's a negative reaction to their incitement. One can only conclude that they enjoy causing mischief, but are also too cowardly to take any actual responsibility for it.

    Posted by: John | Dec 20, 2009 5:19:25 PM

  4. I am absolutely annoyed that a) people are trying to make this a race issue and b) a class issue. Just because people organized the snowball fight via facebook and Twitter does not make them over privileged "trustifarians" . Get over your own classist issues and see the real problem here. a snowball hit a truck and a guy pulled a freaking' GUN. absolutely uncalled for. A plain-clothed off-duty detective pulled a GUN on bunch of people throwing snowballs. Guy deserves his badge yanked. There are consequences for your actions its something we all have to learn the hard way.

    Posted by: Andrew | Dec 20, 2009 7:51:39 PM

  5. The race of any of the participants should be irrelevant.

    A supposedly mature, trained, law-enforcement professional -- without identifying himself -- drew his weapon on people throwing snowballs because his personal vehicle had been hit. I can't imagine how many guidelines this must have violated.

    Given his training, if he truly felt threatened, shouldn't he have used his cell phone to call for back-up before exiting his vehicle.

    I suspect this is a man abusing his position because he was annoyed at the snowballers. Sad.

    Posted by: Alex | Dec 20, 2009 8:01:52 PM

  6. I live in the neighborhood of this snowball fight. There were no stores open yesterday or today due to the snow, and there was no auto traffic to speak of, but they should have had the snowball fight two blocks north in Meridian Hill Park.
    I don't know how they made any snowballs because I live two blocks south of this incident and I couldn't get ANY snow to pack at ALL. A bunch of people had another giant snowball fight in the park at Dupont Circle fountain and there was no trouble at all there. CNN said this incident happened in the middle of downtown DC but it was a good mile north of downtown DC.

    Posted by: hephaestion | Dec 20, 2009 8:14:32 PM

  7. Snorkel jackets are awesome

    Posted by: John in Boston | Dec 20, 2009 8:34:11 PM

  8. LOL! We got at least a foot of heavy snow in Boston; streets have been cleared, stores and whatnot are all open. Baltimore south, ANY snow and people can't drive, everything shuts down. Funny.

    Posted by: John in Boston | Dec 20, 2009 8:42:08 PM

  9. @ Taxpayer,

    If he'd been a white cop, he'd still have been a douchebag. His race is irrelevant...except to dopes like you.

    The streets were empty, the city more or less shut down. The folks were throwing loose clumps of snow at each other, not ice balls. One hit his car. He over reacted and flashed his gun rather than his badge. Race is not an issue. His incompetence *IS*.

    Posted by: Wheezy | Dec 20, 2009 10:39:12 PM

  10. A friend of mine was present. He said the whole thing was all in good fun and that a couple of marked police vehicles driven by uniformed officers had driven through the snowball "fight" and never said a word. The guys even gave a hand to some vehicles that were having trouble. Then this guy driving a Hummer shows up and loses it. How threatened would you feel by a snowball if you were in a Hummer? A gun and a Hummer. If this detective dude needs this kind of compensation, make that over-compensation, he's pathetic.

    Posted by: Dave | Dec 20, 2009 11:25:28 PM

  11. C'omn, folks - the "officer" is black - nothing is going to happen to him.

    Posted by: darkmoonman | Dec 21, 2009 2:01:04 AM

  12. this is possible for us

    Posted by: bath mateus | Dec 21, 2009 3:06:44 AM

  13. that's great

    Posted by: bath mateus | Dec 21, 2009 3:08:37 AM

  14. that's better

    Posted by: bath mateus | Dec 21, 2009 3:13:58 AM

  15. good

    Posted by: bath mateus | Dec 21, 2009 3:16:14 AM

  16. most of good

    Posted by: bath mateus | Dec 21, 2009 3:17:28 AM

  17. "White people always start up with the racial nonsense and then pretend it is the blacks' fault when there's a negative reaction to their incitement."

    So nice to see that YOU don't fall into that racial nonsense, John. YAY you...

    Why does ANY post here ALWAYS turn into this shit about race? Grow the f#ck up, people! Geez...

    Posted by: TheNiebur | Dec 21, 2009 3:37:02 AM

  18. This country is so, SO fucked.

    That cop was completely out of control, and I'm just talking after he put his gun away, looking at some of the YouTubes.

    A once-in-a-century snowstorm, but all citizens must stay indoors cowered in fear of the crazy, gun-wielding, Hummer driving douchebag cops. Jesus H. Christ.

    Posted by: TonyRz | Dec 21, 2009 5:05:22 AM

  19. Dear god! Race is unimportant here. This guy violated every sensible and written policy in the book.

    1.) It wasn't his place to handle this "situation."
    2.) If he felt it was his duty to do so he should get out of the car, show his badge and tell those involved to stop.
    3.) If they fail to comply call for backup, in the form of uniformed officers and have them tell everyone to stop.
    4.) Don't EVER pull a gun on people posing no threat of violence and start demanding their compliance.

    I say take that assholes badge.

    Stupidity comes in all colors and this guy just proved it all over the internet.

    He needs a new job. Preferably one that, to borrow a phrase, involves touching shit with his hands.

    Posted by: Sean | Dec 21, 2009 5:16:13 AM

  20. Spoiled brats play in the streets and whine when made to stop interfering with public safety. If I was driving down the street, I would have called the cops, grow up. Next…

    Posted by: Gus | Dec 21, 2009 6:06:33 AM

  21. Hummer + Gun = Lame and Limp

    This brother must be tiny!

    Posted by: Matt | Dec 21, 2009 7:51:06 AM

  22. What do you want to bet that the damn Hummer is red? Look at me, dudes!

    This guy is a joke. If he wasn't dangerous, he'd be funny.

    Posted by: Dan | Dec 21, 2009 8:00:24 AM

  23. Just like a D.C. cop to bring a gun to a snowball fight...

    Posted by: Bailey | Dec 21, 2009 9:39:58 AM

  24. This incident sounds like good material for a Saturday Night Live skit.

    Posted by: Allen | Dec 21, 2009 11:21:51 AM

  25. okay so the kids could have perhaps been well advised to do this at a park of course, but being as there was no real violence per se and there were no reports of vandalism and damage?
    It seems like drawing a fire arm was over the top, a big smile and a badge held high over his head with a call to order might have been more is often done several times a day all over the country in all sorts of other humorous situations, here is where the theory of escalation of force runs amok, it was a snow ball fight, not a bottle and rock throwing riot?

    Posted by: stewart | Dec 21, 2009 5:34:29 PM

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