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To the dude who said "snow is wet and cold" and made an entire argument out of it... move to Florida and stay there.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Duh! Of course I moved to Florida and of course I stay here...
Because snow is cold and wet don't you know!
By the way the MOB mentallity is an ugly and dangerous one and at times even more so when it's kids and teenagers who have formed that mob.
Don't kid yourself that these kids weren't highly amped up and in pack mentallity mode and were just full of well mannered appologies when this man stopped to confront them...
I can gaurantee you that such packs of kids engaged in that kind of activity are anything but docile or fail to recognize the strength that they have in numbers as well as the annonymity it affords them being a member of a large pack.
I have no doubt that the officer brandished the gun as a reminder to the kids who isn't really in charge.
Greetings from Miami!
Originally posted by rcwj1975
Whatukno you missed my second post! I stated that I say the video ending and he admits to it. I can't understand why he did it, I don't agree with it at all...but lets NOT overlook the mindset of the teens either.
Cop: Wrong for pulling out his weapon
People: Wrong for actually thinking its ok to peg someones vehicle with snowballs as they drive by
There is plenty of fun to be had during snowball fights but it blows my mind how many people OVERLOOK the hummer getting pelted....imagine YOUR $20 or $30 thousand dollar car you pay $500 a month for getting hit as you drive...sorry but you would be pissed too..
[edit on 12/19/2009 by rcwj1975]
30 kids and only one of him (granted not an excuse to pull a gun, but I am sure many of us avoid getting out of our cars to confront these holigans because we are affraid..
.....It may have splattered on the window and caused the driver to spin out of control in a reaction to fear.
Even his friends from the cop station realise that had he been arrested it might have ended his career.
Its a situation that is really bad but I dont think we need to start laying blame on all the cops that were there. They chose a good path, and hopefully fulfilled thier duty in reporting the issue to the captain when they got back to the station.
Keep the snowballs out of the gunfights kids.
Originally posted by Doc Holiday
Why are ppl not looking at this the other way..
He was off duty=same as every other citizen
If anyone else had done this "not an off duty cop" would it be an issue?
No we would be jailed, for if nothing else brandishing a firearm.
He should get no differentt treatment than the citizens he pratrols!
Yes I understand property damage, No its not right to hurt his hummer.
"Let me be very clear in stating that I believe the actions of the officer were totally inappropriate!" Chief Lanier said in a statement after the videos made the rounds on YouTube. "In no way should he have handled the situation in this manner."
Chief Lanier said the detective, whom she did not identify, did not deny the accusations. He is on desk duty until an investigation is complete.
Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham told reporters Monday that the detective's badge and weapon have been withdrawn.
There could be a recommendation to discipline the detective, which could range from a reprimand to removal, he said.
Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said she watched video clips from the confrontation and has no doubt that the off-duty detective pulled his gun after snowballs hit his personal car during Saturday's record snowfall.
Originally posted by eyesdown
Yes but snowballs don't do damage. I was not aware hummers were so fragile.
Originally posted by EminenceofAeon
From what I have heard. The cop pulled over because the mob of people were throwing snowballs at his hummer while he was trying to drive it. That sounds like good reason to pull over to me... if he had hit any of those people running around ... well that too would be on the news in a more tragic light.
My first reaction is also that the gun brandishing was a little too much but after much thinking and viewing of This youtube video It became obvious that this wasn't just a bunch of kids playing an innocent game as the mainstream media would have you believe to try to further incite civil unrest. This was a mob of people with mob mentality who thought they were badass. That is how some pointless riots start. He was just being prepared for the worst.
That is just an alternative viewpoint from the shame shame's going around after thinking more on the situation.