Washington DC: Don’t Bring a Knife to a Gunfight, and Don’t Bring a Gun to a Snowball Fight


Associated Press: Snowball Fight at 14th Street and U Street in Washington D.C. deteriorates when off-duty detective draws his gun, and uniformed officer responds to 9-1-1 for ‘man with a gun’ with his gun drawn, too. Dan Hayes, videographer.


EXPLICIT LANGUAGE: Longer version showing detective drawing gun, snowball crowd, and uniformed police response from Dan Hayes, video producer at Reason.tv.

SAT DEC 19 2009 2:30 PM ET — Reason.tv’s Dan Hayes was on the scene, capturing the tense confrontation between police and citizens who chanted “Don’t bring a gun to a snowball fight!” when a plainclothes detective, identified as Detective Baylor drew his gun after being struck by a snowball.

The plain-clothes detective is assigned to desk duty during an internal affairs investigation. The Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police uniformed officer was ruled to have acted appropriately to the report of a ‘man with a gun.’


Discussion after incident among uniformed officer, detective and angry crowd.

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