DC Police Union Blasts Chief's Snowball Fight Slam

December 22, 2009 - 12:38 PM
The head of the Washington, D.C., police union is decrying the police chief's public criticism of a detective for pulling a gun during a snowball fight.

A group takes part in an impromptu snowball fight that took over the intersection of 14th and U Streets during a snow storm in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009. The event was organized by a Twitter group calling for people to gather and participate and more then 200 people showed up. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Washington (AP) - The head of the Washington, D.C., police union is decrying the police chief's public criticism of a detective for pulling a gun during a snowball fight.
 
Videos of the plainclothes officer holding a gun and telling people he pulled the weapon after getting hit by snowballs circulated widely on the Internet after the Saturday confrontation.
 
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier on Monday called the officer's actions "totally inappropriate."
 
Union chief Kristopher Baumann said Tuesday it's questionable whether Detective Michael Baylor will get a fair and unbiased investigation by the department. He said Lanier should wait for the investigation to close before passing judgment.
 
The mass snowball fight was advertised on Twitter and other social media during a record snowfall.