Well, as it turns out, Washington DC residents know exactly how much of a joke 911 is in their own town, after a cop. Pulled a gun. On kids. Throwing snowballs. Yeah, and they're reading this cop the riot act.
[There are people yelling bad words at that cop! So if you are in a place where bad words are not safe to be heard than that video is NSFW!]
Via the Washington City Paper and DC's ABC affiliate, a bunch of kids were having a snowball fight, a few pegged a Hummer with some snowballs, the cop gets out of the car, starts screaming at the kids, and decides to threaten them and their fun with the power of the law. In other words: his gun, that can put holes in people and make them dead. As opposed to a snowball, the highest grade of which will give you a welt.
The City Paper's eyewitness report:
A small faction of people decided to target it with snowballs. They're throwing snowballs at the Hummer. It turns out the driver of the Hummer is a detective. He gets out. He's waving a walkie talkie. It's not going well. Then he starts waving a gun. He hadn't identified himself at this point. There was a point where things cooled off a bit, more police showed up, and he identified himself at that point. The name was Det. Baylor. My guess was B-A-Y-L-O-R.
And another one, from the comments of blog Prince Of Petworth:
I was standing right next to him when this happened. We were pelting the hummer (as we'd done to about 4 other hummers), when this guy decided to get out of the car. He proceeded to walk towards the crowd, and naturally, people started to throw more snowballs at him. That's when he brandished the gun. It was right about then that I decided to back up a little bit. The guy was in completely plain-clothes, but it turns out that he was actually a detective. As such, he radioed in some support. Snowballers rallied around as soon as some order was established, yelling at him for bringing a gun to a snowball fight. Naturally, a few more people chucked snowballs at him, and that's when he charged the crowd. The police tried to keep order, but this detective was being a total utter dickhead. He bum-rushed the crowd, all chaos broke out, and about 30 seconds later he made his way out dragging an innocent bystander, who he was undoubtedly planning on booking...
And there's more video here! And here, where the cop admits to pulling the gun!
Question: When did snow lose its innocence? Remember the good old days?
Life's hard enough with existential angst. But outlawing fun? It's too much. It's all too much.