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D.C. woman arrested during snowball fight released

The D.C. woman arrested during a snowball fight near the Wonderland Ballroom early Wednesday morning was released Thursday, authorities said.

Maria B. Lewis, 21, was charged with assault on a police officer. She pleaded not guilty during a hearing before D.C. Superior Court Magistrate Judge Karen Howze.

Lewis has another hearing scheduled for March 3.

A Facebook page had been set up asking people to post "well wishes for when she gets out" -- readers interested in visiting the page should be prepared for some inappropriate language, however.

-- Keith L. Alexander

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 11, 2010; 5:16 PM ET
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A Cop has to be one big FUC_ING wimp to arrest someone for throwing a snowball at him. And you wonder why people call them "Pigs."

Posted by: unseenmirage | February 11, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Don't tell me cops don't have quotas!!!

Posted by: heygriff | February 11, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Who is dumb enough to throw a snowball at a cop in the first place?

Posted by: bmp246 | February 11, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

@bmp246 -- Who says that she did throw the snowball? As reported by the Post, a number of witnesses at the scene say that she did not.

Posted by: lydgate | February 11, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

here we go with the "cops are pigs" crap. If she did what they say she did, then she *should* have been arrested. What is so hard to understand about that?

Posted by: steves_59 | February 11, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

she'll have some good stories to tell about her time in the slammer. not to mention her enhanced street cred. Girl is playa!

Posted by: TheDubb | February 11, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

For the cop haters here, if you even bothered to read the story, you would have found out that the officer got hit in the face with an ice ball. I guess the folks here think police are fair game.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | February 11, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Police are fair game. Maybe if his eye came out it should be, maybe, a problem. Otherwise, the pigs must take it, as payback for all the unearned overtime they take in. Piggy piggy piggy, here piggie!

Posted by: johng1 | February 11, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

So a cop has to lose his sight for it to be a problem? What a loser! No one has to be hit with anything if they don't want to. If you don't understand that, then you are just as much of a loser as the dumb girl that got busted! Way to go DC Police! Thanks for being out in the crappy weather and dealing with losers like this guy and the girl that got arrested!!

Posted by: davidreiss | February 11, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Never ask why laws are not enforced in DC. I have no idea what the morale of DC Law enforcement is, but after whites arrrested continue to have "extenuating" circumstances they have to be thinking twice.

That is the crack in the dam.

Posted by: fresno500 | February 11, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

given all the coverage around sb fights lately it was a taunt on her part. plain and simple. what does a judge to with a taunt?

Posted by: mmrafferty | February 11, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

The female perp, who threw the ice-ball into the face of the policeman, should be prosecuted aggressively. Read her Facebook cheering page and try to restrain the vomit that may rise in you. These people think they can literally injure our public safety personnel with impunity. What a spoiled, self-loving, politically insensitive bunch. The woman should get a big fine and do jail time--as long as possible.

Posted by: axolotl | February 11, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

bunch of twenty-something dumbasses. the should have kept her locked up longer.

Posted by: slim4 | February 11, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Arrest all the wannabe hipsters. Show some respect people, and you will get the same in return. Don't show respect, and you will get screwed. The Man doesn't mess around -- stop being so stupid. Your parents are no longer able to cover for your stupidity anymore kids.

Posted by: slydell | February 12, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Did the officer step in the line of an ice ball she threw and he was hit accidentally? Or did she throw it at him deliberately? If that's the case, then she should have been arrested. She got exactly what she deserved. While I do not condone abuse of power, police officers put their lives on the line every day. Regardless of how some of you feel about them, they still deserve respect. All of us do.

Posted by: gitouttahere | February 12, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Police only do there job. We do have some that misuse there authority. But to me they are ok when you need them. Find out all the information before commenting.

Posted by: b_donkor | February 12, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Some of you stupid snowball throwers need to get over yourselves. Most people think you all are a bunch of idiots, no matter how much news coverage you get and how many times you post it on Facebook. It's still STUPID to throw snowballs at people who are not participating in your even. It is even dumber to throw snowballs at a policeman. But the dumbest thing of all is to act like the police do not have a right to arrest someone who hits him or her in the face with a snowball! Grow up, you punks!

Posted by: PepperDr | February 12, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I dont know who is dumber... The cop or the person who threw it...

I think I will go with the cop considering they should know better than to go into a line of fire or into a situation without assessing it first.

If they cant handle being hit by a snowball on their own, they should have called for back-up before moving in... Perhaps the SWAT team or FBI or something...

Then they could have all had a grand old time afterwards having coffee and doughnuts together... What a great team-building exercise opportunity that was missed!

Posted by: indep2 | February 12, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

What kind of an idiot tosses iceballs in a playful snowball fight anyway. If she upped the ante by throwing iceballs, its hardly innocent and playful - thats mean spirited/serve some time stuff!

Posted by: webdevgal | February 12, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

If you foul a cop in a basketball game, is that enough to send you to prison and ruin your career? Does a red card in soccer mean jail time if you tripped a cop that wandered onto the field? Can you be arrested for stealing second base? Or do these laws only apply in snowball fights?

That cop is a whining loser. He had a lot of options that we all had- don't get in a snowball fight, duck, or throw one back.

Posted by: staticvars | February 12, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

It was an easy arrest. That's why it was done. Most arrests are 'easy' arrests. Its the real dangerous people that usually get away/not arrested.

Posted by: 123cartoon | February 12, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Ice Balls can blind a person. Ever stop to think about that? Are you personally going to fund this cops retirement/medical pension after you blind him? Where's a cop when you need one... oh, he's blind. I threw an ice ball right in his smacker tee hee.

Posted by: biffgrifftheoneandonly | February 12, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

biffgrifftheoneandonly:
Are you retarded in real life? Or do you just play one on the internet?

Posted by: indep2 | February 12, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I think it's really interesting how there are so many people calling for this girl's head on a stake over a snowball, but when Robert Hannah was convicted in the hate-crime death of Tony Randolph Hunter last year and got away with it doing a couple weeks in jail, nobody seemed too concerned. MPD and the US Attorney: let's get our priorities straight? It's a damn snowball. Our city has REAL problems, and we'd prefer you focus your efforts there!

Posted by: hill_guy | February 12, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Police defending against snowballs are unconstitutional buffoons.

Like their chief.

Yeagh!

Posted by: bs2004 | February 12, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Too bad they didn't arrest more of these losers who had nothing better to do. I also blame the media for giving them so much attention.

Posted by: dottie20 | February 12, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Off subject but a Funny story:
A few years ago all of the fraternities and sororities on campus got into a huge snowball fight (about 400 students). 3 Univ. police cars came out and with bull horns told them to stop. Suddenly about 400 students threw snowballs at them. They left, and did not come back.

Posted by: Doc-T | February 12, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

You pathetic losers if this were Iran your a##es would have been shot. Facebook my a##, what we need is some good clean capital punishment. TAKE EM OUT

Posted by: TardfarderMcnasty | February 12, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Readers asking for Maria's photo and measurements are going way overboard on a snowball story. What is this, the London Sun, Playboy? You think she did this for the publicity?

Posted by: llrllr | February 12, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

So...how would people be reacting if the cop was throwing snowballs back?

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | February 12, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

This is the second incident of snow throwing groups of people in Washington DC involving police officers and in both cases the gentrified group blames police because?
This is what happens when suburbanites move to urban areas and think that what they do in the burbs should also fly DC. So with social networking groups of bored people start contacting each other and decide to take over a major intersection 14th and U Street. One snowball throwing smarta—decides to hit a Hummer coming down the street for whatever reason, probably because it’s too big and leave and huge carbon footprint. Then out comes the owner, a police officer who pulls his gun out and all of a sudden they don’t like his form of joking around.
Then after the second major storm it happens again. I’m bored! Let’s Myspace or Facebook all of our friends and let’s have a snowball fight at a designated intersection in DC.
Got news! Not everyone who has lived here all their lives or the majority of it is used to your taking over the streets of DC for a snowball fight. In the latest incidence the officer was struck. Again, snotty nosed privileged people accept no responsibility. Was it wrong to hit someone’s car to have your fun? Was it wrong to strike a police officer with snowballs? Then it’s like we were just having fun and the snowballs can’t hurt anybody. Again, failure to accept responsibility. Would it be more responsible to hold your snowball traditions off the streets at a park or school yard? Doubt that you would encounter any vehicles there let alone the police.
If I got hit or my car got hit by a snowballer my reaction would also not be to their liking. I’m not bothering anyone just trying to navigate dangerous roads and avoiding groups of people who just gotta have fun? Now if I got out and beat the hell out of one of them then it’s my fault.
We love your tax dollars but use common sense please before someone is seriously hurt. It’s not all about you. Have respect for people who have to navigate these roads during these storms. Try passing the word around on your sites.
During the first snowstorm on my way from work the road was bad, narrowed and visibility was low. On this street I had to avoid a bicyclist of all things. Curious, when I rode behind him for block and got to a stop light. I told him he was risking life and limb to ride a bike during a snowstorm. His response, I have a right to ride my bike on the road. Hmmmm…

Posted by: dcchamp1 | February 12, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

This is the second incident of snow throwing groups of people in Washington DC involving police officers and in both cases the gentrified group blames police because?
This is what happens when suburbanites move to urban areas and think that what they do in the burbs should also fly DC. So with social networking groups of bored people start contacting each other and decide to take over a major intersection 14th and U Street. One snowball throwing smarta—decides to hit a Hummer coming down the street for whatever reason, probably because it’s too big and leave and huge carbon footprint. Then out comes the owner, a police officer who pulls his gun out and all of a sudden they don’t like his form of joking around.
Then after the second major storm it happens again. I’m bored! Let’s Myspace or Facebook all of our friends and let’s have a snowball fight at a designated intersection in DC.
Got news! Not everyone who has lived here all their lives or the majority of it is used to your taking over the streets of DC for a snowball fight. In the latest incidence the officer was struck. Again, snotty nosed privileged people accept no responsibility. Was it wrong to hit someone’s car to have your fun? Was it wrong to strike a police officer with snowballs? Then it’s like we were just having fun and the snowballs can’t hurt anybody. Again, failure to accept responsibility. Would it be more responsible to hold your snowball traditions off the streets at a park or school yard? Doubt that you would encounter any vehicles there let alone the police.
If I got hit or my car got hit by a snowballer my reaction would also not be to their liking. I’m not bothering anyone just trying to navigate dangerous roads and avoiding groups of people who just gotta have fun? Now if I got out and beat the hell out of one of them then it’s my fault.
We love your tax dollars but use common sense please before someone is seriously hurt. It’s not all about you. Have respect for people who have to navigate these roads during these storms. Try passing the word around on your sites.
During the first snowstorm on my way from work the road was bad, narrowed and visibility was low. On this street I had to avoid a bicyclist of all things. Curious, when I rode behind him for block and got to a stop light. I told him he was risking life and limb to ride a bike during a snowstorm. His response, I have a right to ride my bike on the road. Hmmmm…

Posted by: dcchamp1 | February 12, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | February 12, 2010 9:31 PM |
So...how would people be reacting if the cop was throwing snowballs back?
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I bet you there wouldnt be a story about it on the news because most people having fun are not out looking to be uptight dumb-wads with a power complex.

If the cops want to join in, they are always more than welcome to as long as they dont use the Tasers or Guns. If not, then stay the heck out of range. Common decency, common courtesy and common sense should guide everyones actions.

Only if there was something going on (illegal such as real assault) should the cop have stepped in.

Posted by: indep2 | February 12, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

It may snow next week. Start social networking early for a snowball site and let's see who will be next to have a confronation with the police.

Idiots!

Posted by: dcchamp1 | February 13, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Alright enough is ENOUGH...I am tired of these people who believe they can come into this neighborhood that I have lived in for the past 25 YEARS and act as if they own these streets to the point that they believe that they can do whatever they want and not get punished for it...Hmmm, where were they before it was fairly safe to walk down to the corner and get a Venti Espresso??? How about I throw balls of ice in their faces and see how they like it, I guarantee they would be the first to call the police crying assault...How about commending those police officers who truly work hard day after day and for being out there during these snow storms busting their behinds to keep these streets safe...DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT THEY WOULD RATHER BE OUT THERE DIGGING THEIR CARS OUT FROM 3 to 4 FEET OF SNOW TO DEAL WITH IDIOTS INSTEAD OF BEING AT HOME WITH THEIR FAMILIES IN THE COMFORT, SAFETY, AND WARMTH OF THEIR HOMES!!!!!!!!! I MEAN REALLY????? Oh so now that we have a Target, Best Buy, and Bed Bath and Beyond this community is now "WORTHY" of your presence...HELL NO!!!! Why is it that people think that it is okay to hold a snowball fight in the middle of an intersection??? Why not go to a field like the one at Banneker Recreational Center on Georgia Avenue, it is HUGE and a perfect place for something like that...ohhhh I know why not, they wouldn’t feel “safe” huh...Idiots, they all need to get their heads out of their a** and get a reality check, this is not suburban USA...welcome to Columbia Heights, Washington, DC, if you can't play nice, GET OUT!!!!

Posted by: Sandy_2529 | February 15, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

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