Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Bringing A Snowball To A GunFight.

Yeah, I know, I know. I'm posed' to be on vacation this week, and the blog's posed' to be on auto-pilot with rerun goodies from the past year. That's all true, but how in the heck could I pass on saying something about this local story? It's got crime. It's got race. It's got hipsters. That's like the holy trinity of AB.com fodder.

I couldn't possibly pass on that. Besides, the kids are napping and AverageSis is out last-minute shopping, sooo...
A Washington, D.C., police detective has been put on desk duty after pulling out his gun during a snowball fight Saturday.

The off-duty detective, whose name has not been released, was driving past a snowball fight in the city when his Hummer was hit by snowballs. He allegedly stopped the car, got out, and took out his gun. He also pulled out a walkie-talkie and called for backup.

Most of the incident was caught on video and quickly posted to YouTube.

D.C. police initially denied that one of their officers pulled a gun. But, after the video spread online, the department released a statement saying video and photos from the scene "seem to support the allegation that the off-duty member did pull a gun."

The police are conducting an investigation. A spokesman told the Washington Post that if the detective really did pull out his firearm in response to snowballs, "That doesn't seem a situation where we would pull out a service weapon." But, he added, "We have to see what the entire circumstance was."

Late update: The chief of police, Cathy Lanier, said today that the actions of the detective were "totally inappropriate."

"In no way should he have handled the situation in this manner," Lanier said in a statement.
Here's the raw video in question. The cop is clearly seen brandishing the weapon.

Here's the news footage.

Let me first say that I in no way condone the actions of the policeman. Pulling a gun on a crowd, and pushing people around is a blatant abuse of power, which only reinforces some of the distrust many people have of cops. This guy should be suspended and given desk time to review the DCPD rules and regulations for behaving while offduty.

That said, what the f*ck is wrong with these d-bag hipsters?!?

Seriously, what the hell are ya'll thinking? I know that a bunch of pampered twentysomething trust fund babies having a snowball fight in the midst of a record snowstorm is "hip" and "ironic", and is like totally something folks living in Tribeca would do. But come the f*ck on, this is DC. This is a snowstowm, which severely limits peoples vision when driving, and might have resulted in an accident. This is the ridiculously (even at 4am) busy intersection of U and 14th. And, oh, BTW, this is a black man's very expensive car you're pelting with snowballs.

If you don't know about (some) brothers, and their emotional attachments to their cars, you might wanna review this video, and keep looping it, just so the point sinks in.

This was not your father's Oldsmobile. This was a freakin' black man's Hummer, which he probably did some real dirty sh*t to obtain. let's keep it trill. worked lots of overtime to buy on a policeman's salary. You do not touch a black man's lady without permission! You do not touch a black man's BBQ grill without permission! You do not touch a black man's car without permission!

These are the rules, and they apply to you, even if you voted for Obama. Learn them, or suffer the consequences and repercussions. These fools should feel lucky they pelted an offduty officer's car, and not Raheem from Uptown's car. That mighta gotten really ugly.

[Editor's Note: Yes, I realize the guy who pelted the cop with that last snowball was indeed black. That only makes the situation worse. Seriously, what black man living in DC is that naive to how cops react when disrespected? Brother, you might need to transfer to Bowie State, cause American U clearly ain't teachin' you about the real world. You are lucky to be alive. WHERE IS OBAMA?!?]

The blatant lack of respect for (armed) authority, the wellbeing of others (again, this was in the midst of a blizzard. what is someone's kids were in the car and this cause an accident?), and the laws of common sense in this video are striking. As is, these kids are lucky they didn't get their wigs pushed back, and the offduty plainclothes cop is pretty lucky his a$$ didn't get capped when his fellow officers rolled up.

But by simply blaming the cop, and absolving these grown-assed children of the role they played in this potential catastrophe, something tells me we've got this all wrong.

How ironic.

Question: Who is most to blame in this cluster****, the hotheaded cop, or the clueless hipsters? Does this have the potential to mushroom into another Gates-gate?

D.C. Cop On Desk Duty After Pulling Gun At Snowball Fight [TPM]

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