D.C. snowball fight
I remember reading about this a while ago, a D.C. cop pulled a gun out during a huge snowball fight in Washington, D.C. in December, but I just saw a new story about it on Instapundit with a link to the video of the confrontation, and goddamn. Apparently the Assistant Chief is in the news for denying everything you can blatantly see in the video.
Here’s a quick summary of the event from Reason.com:
The December 19 snowball fight took an ugly turn when snowballers pelted a red Hummer making its way through the snow-packed intersection of 14th and U Streets in Northwest Washington, a part of the city with some historical turbulence, including the 1968 riots. The driver, D.C. police Detective Mike Baylor, emerged from his vehicle in plain clothes, and without identifying himself as a police officer confronted the snowballers. Baylor unholstered his gun, bringing more derision and insults to an already heated confrontation (including the chant “don’t bring a gun to a snowball fight”). Snowballers and observers quickly began calling 911 about a man waving a gun at the intersection. That brought uniformed cops to the scene, one of whom had also (understandably, at that point) drawn his weapon. Baylor detained one person, attorney Daniel Schramm, whom the detective falsely accused of hitting him with a snowball.
Yeah, the Assistant Chief is basically denying everything. Nevermind that he’s all-out lying, as you can see in the YouTube video.
Assistant Chief Pete Newsham, who leads the department’s investigative services bureau, said it appears the patrol officer acted appropriately, and the worst the detective might have done is use inappropriate language in dealing with the snowball fighters…
At some point, Newsham said, the detective approached the group of snowball fighters and had “some kind of interaction” with them. He said the detective holstered a cellphone, and someone from the crowd called to report a man with a gun.
“He was armed but never pulls his weapon,” Newsham said of the detective.
What is there to look into, IT WAS ALL CAUGHT ON TAPE FROM MULTIPLE SOURCES! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t condone the language those “snowballers” were using towards the police officers. I think it was rude, uncalled for and inappropriate. But the arrogance of this department in thinking that denying everything is the proper course of action is inexcusable.
This guy should be hung out to dry, you don’t pull a gun on civilians, it’s just too damn dangerous. I have the ability to lawfully carry a concealed firearm on my person. If that plain clothes detective were to do that here, I could have drawn on him and been caught up in all sorts of problems because of his blatant irresponsibility, carelessness and neglect of his sworn duties as an officer of the law.
Just think, people, think.
now playing: Aretha Franklin – “Think” (Blues Brothers Soundtrack)
Have it good,
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