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D.C. Policeman Accused of Pulling Gun to Quell Snowball Fight

D.C. Policeman Accused of Pulling Gun to Quell Snowball Fight

Two D.C. police officers, on not in uniform, involved in the snowball fight controversy during a winter storm on Saturday. (Screen shot from home video of the incident.)

USA Today via YellowBrix

December 21, 2009



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    Stutterincutter

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    Ive heard dont bring a knife to a gunfight but what about bring a gun to a SNOwball fight wow. Why would you even pull it out of the holster. I understand if there was a fight but looked like all was well just throwing snow. Guess snowballs are considered deadly weapons now.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Metro PD Training is at fault IYAM.

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    gi_motor4

    over 4 years ago

    38 Comments

    Not a smart move Detective. My sentence is time off with pay and a couple of hours of retraining.

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    tguillaro

    over 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    I guess this guy was born a grumpy old man!!

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    mmarchesi

    over 4 years ago

    2686 Comments

    Here is another video that shows the Detective outside his vehicle, gun in hand and calling on the radio. Little does he know another person at the scene calls 911 to report a man with a gun (Him). Which will explain the response from uniformed officers. It all started when the Detective's personal vehicle was hit with snowballs, and then he too was hit once he got out.
    Too many people on here are making blind comments or judgments without even watching the video's. Watch the videos, there are many related videos on youtube. Don't just comment or judge based on what other people are writing or what your seeing in this brief video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U17SxJzv9DM&feature=player_embedded

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    Alexander_Ott

    over 4 years ago

    572 Comments

    Did the police dept. ever hear of this? Or did anyone even bother to tell the department that this was happening on "street so-and-so" and on whatever date?

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    securitystore

    over 4 years ago

    122 Comments

    the Land of the FREE!?!?????

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    samurai30047

    over 4 years ago

    232 Comments

    Once again the lib media is there to destroy cops. Kind of like the imbedded reporters in combat getting our 18 yr old soldiers and marines in trouble. Nobody got hurt. End of story. Ewww, a cop drew his weapon, ew a cop drew his weapon. Anybody ever get drilled with a snow ball in the face? With a rock in it? Stupid idea anyway. Twittering for a big snowball fight. I saw a friend of mine get one in the nose. Knocked him on his ass.

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    pcpd2601

    over 4 years ago

    392 Comments

    "unholstered"
    spell check

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    pcpd2601

    over 4 years ago

    392 Comments

    come on, the Officer wasn't recklessly waving the gun around, he had it upholstered but never even brought it to the low ready position. Once he assessed the situation to ensure that it was safe, he holstered the weapon. You have to look at the big picture. Large crowd of idiots gathered in the middle of the street in the middle of the week and a snow storm. Cars are trying to negotiate through the crowds. Pretty stupid on their part. Im sure the Police Officers didnt get the invite on Twitter. Walk a mile in their shoes before you judge.

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    mmarchesi

    over 4 years ago

    2686 Comments

    RayJay55, I agree with a lot of your points, "IF" we were talking about the UNIFORMED Officer, but we are NOT. We are talking about the B/M in plain cloths; the MPD Detective that was driving his Hummer down the street minding his own business when all of a sudden a bunch of idiots who decided to have a snowball fight in the middle of the street, threw snowballs at his vehicle. He stopped and got out, and when he did, he too got hit with snowballs (note the snow in his ear). This obviously either pissed him off, or made him fear for his life because he broke leather and drew his sidearm. Now, was that the right thing to do? I don't know. Did he violate department policy? I do not know, and I'm not going to second guess him since I was not there to see what he saw, or do I know what he was thinking or feeling at the time. May he regret his actions? Maybe.

    As for the "UNIFORMED" Officer, he was responding to a "Man with a Gun" call, but when he arrived and approached with gun in hand, he realized the man with the gun was in fact one of their Detectives, to which he re-holstered and he and the other uniformed officers handled the problem.

    As for the snowball fight which was broadcast over Twitter; these idiots disrupted an intersection in DC, they showed a total lack of regard and respect for others on the street to include people trying to negotiate the snow covered roadways. This showed a lack of respect for everyone, and once the police arrived, a lack of respect toward them as well. Might have the Detective reacted poorly, Maybe, but these idiots caused the problem to begin with. It is just a snap shot of what society has become, a bunch of over privileged scum that feel they can do and say what they want with out accountability.

    I say let the investigation play out, if he was wrong, so be it.

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    Sgt131

    over 4 years ago

    126 Comments

    Bad situation. Monday Morning quarterbacking is always easy, but there ARE two obvious points of view here. The drawing of the weapon is justified when one is attempting to quell what appears to be the beginnings of a riot. The snowball fight with several hundred subjects involved qualified since the officer was obviously ignorant of what was going on. With THAT said however, theplainclothes detective loses points big time because he had no business "attempting to quell the disturbance" singlehandedly, in plainclothes. Never. On or off duty. You have a radio. Use it and wait for back up. You may live to collect your pension that way. Had it have BEEN a TRUE "riot in themaking" it is likely that a lone officer in that situation, especially plainclothes, would have had his sidearm taken away from him, inserted into his rectal orifice, and the magazine then summarily emptied therein. NOT cool.

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    LordEnki

    over 4 years ago

    24 Comments

    maybe he should have joined in it would have relieve his stress alittle

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    LordEnki

    over 4 years ago

    24 Comments

    Sounds like they were using assault snowballs. Maybe he should of been a little more tolerant snowball fight have been around since the beginning of time.

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    smiley2

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    Need to clarify, the video showed a uniform officer which was not in the wrong. Giving police dept. Bad rap.

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