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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Officer pulls gun at snowball fight

WASHINGTON - A snowball fight-turned-unruly protest prompted a D.C. police officer to draw his gun Saturday, sparking controversy.

A Twitter invitation went out Saturday morning, inviting people to join a snowball fight at 14th and U streets in the heart of D.C. at 3 p.m.

ABC 7's John Gonzalez reports people suddenly appeared at the appointed time and began a little snowball fight. But some protesters also showed up. They were carrying signs that read "No Iraq (web | news) War; Snowball War Instead."

People -- it's unclear if they were protesters or snowball fighters -- began throwing snowballs at a Hummer that had a plainclothes police officer inside. It's unclear if it was the detective's personal vehicle or an unmarked police vehicle.
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The detective exited the vehicle and yelled for them to stop, threatening to take them to jail.

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According to John Gonzalez, things were getting a little chaotic and a uniformed officer -- who was stationed nearby -- intervened. ABC 7 captured pictures of the uniformed officer with his weapon drawn. He never pointed the weapon at anyone, but he threatened to take the demonstrators to jail.

The crowd dispersed after about 20 minutes. No one was detained by police.