As you probably know, Washington DC got hit by a massive snowstorm on Saturday. That prompted a whole lot of people to have a big snowball fight at the corner of 14th and U. The idea spread on Twitter and Facebook accounts and lots of people showed up and had a peaceful time throwing snowballs at each other.
Until a cop drove by in his hummer and got it hit by snowballs. He decided to jump out and start waving a gun around — without bothering to identify himself. And naturally, the police are lying about it and claiming he didn’t do so despite pictures of him waving his gun around and video of his admission to having done so because he got hit by a snowball. The Washington City Paper reports:
According to an eyewitness, a D.C. Police detective (pictured above w/ gun) went nuts after kids pelted his Hummer with snowballs at 14th and U Streets NW this afternoon. The veteran detective got out of his car and eventually grabbed for his gun, displaying it to the crowd. He did not immediately identify himself as a police officer. He calmed down once his fellow uniformed cop arrived. Apparently, someone called 911 to report a man with gun…
Assistant Chief Peter Newsham tells LL: “There was no police pulling guns on snowball people.” Newsham described the detective as a veteran detective.
And video of the detective admitting it:
And more video of the actual incident. The uniformed cop is much more reasonable and less belligerent, but even after they arrived the detective is still being an asshole.
The overreaction to the snowballs is almost forgivable. The lies are not.
Oh, and if you want a good laugh, go see Pat’s take on the situation. Because the detective in this case was black, this is somehow proof of Obama’s “police state.” Hilarious.