The video from Reason:
A cop who pulls a gun for no reason, tries to provoke someone into assaulting him, and then shoves that person when he doesn’t take the cop’s bait?Â Shocking, I tell you.Â A particularly nice touch was parking in the middle of the street, and then using the fact that you can’t block the street to move the public out of ear range of what they’re doing.
Detective Baylor seems to be the guy’s name, and Washington Post says he’s on desk duty.Â It’s also shocking that the police denied that he’d pulled a gun until they realized that this thing was caught on video.
(I do have a bit of sympathy for the cops called in after.Â If the looks on their faces say anything, it’s “I cannot believe I’m having to defend this jackass . . .”)
Another interesting tidbit, about the promotion of the snowball fight:
With [the organizers] nonstop efforts, the event was making the cyber rounds. Even the D.C. Department of Transportation seemed to embrace it, Tweeting on Saturday soon after the fight began: “SNOW UPDATE as advertised, there is a large snowball battle at 14th and U. Keep it safe.”