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Woman charged with assaulting D.C. officer in snowball fight

Maria Lewis, 21 of the District, has been charged with felony assault on a police officer after a District officer was hit in the face with an "ice ball" during a large snowball fight early Wednesday morning near the Wonderland Ballroom at 11th and Kenyon streets NW, according to police spokesman Sgt. Nicholas Breul.

Breul said he was still gathering information and did not have the woman's name available.

Breul said Third District officers has been called to "a disorderly snowball fight" at approximately 2 a.m.

The arrest is the latest in snowball fight police news.

Two 21-year-old James Madison University students were charged Saturday with a felony for throwing missiles at an occupied vehicle after they allegedly threw snowballs at a city plow and an unmarked police car.

And D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier has said that the internal investigation into the detective who pulled his weapon during a December snowball fight at 14th and U streets NW was "complete" but she had not yet seen the results.

When some in the crowd threw a snowball at Det. Michael Baylor's car, he confronted them with a drawn weapon, prompting other police to respond to reports of a man with a gun. The incident was captured on video and reverberated widely on the Web, prompting Lanier and other officials to speak out condemning Baylor's actions.

Baylor was put on desk duty after the incident, pending the investigation.

-- Mary Pat Flaherty

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  February 10, 2010; 1:35 PM ET
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DC needs to get over itself - it's just a frickin' snowball fight.

Guns, felony charges; really? This is how you want the city to portray itself?

Posted by: reiflame1 | February 10, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Ice ball... Right.... Are cops capable of reporting anything without exaggeration?

Not that this chick should have been throwing snowballs at a cop (duh).

Posted by: ghokee | February 10, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Funny how attitudes change based on who is involved. If it were a couple of black neighborhood dudes being arrested for the same thing people would be posting about how these thugs should go to jail for throwing snowballs at those same cops while they were doing their jobs. But its a couple of white college students and now the cops should just get over themselves and lighten up. Its Ok to shoot a boy in the head over a moter scooter if he is black and from SE washington which I recall most WP posters not only condoned but attached the boys family for being too large but arresting two white boys for throwing snowballs at cops is just plain wrong. Just goes to show how skin color makes such a difference in perception. Even in 2010.

Posted by: geo0386 | February 10, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I wish this did not have to turn into a race issue. I think for the most part the majority of people are not racist. Its always a spoiled bunch that give the rest of the people a bad name.
I dont think anyone should be throwing snow balls at Police officers.

Posted by: bluebee8 | February 10, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Good. It's about time the police started doing something about these "snowball" criminals. Get this one...throwing a snowball is a felony. If you assault someone or throw it at a moving vehicle, you can and should GO TO JAIL! What some of you spoiled "baby" adults need to do is get over yourselves. When you all get arrested and spend time in jail, maybe you will find something really constructive to do in a snow emergency such as helping the elderly and shut in; or demonstrating real acts of kindness like shovel driveways and walkways so that others can walk around the city safely. Wouldn't that have been the best way to "organize" something nice to do for your neighborhood. Get 2,000 people together and bring shovels to help shovel out the sidewalks for pedestrians in Dupont Circle or U Street? Some of these snowballers disgust me.

Posted by: kitten2 | February 10, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

@ geo0386: This situation has only the most abstract connection to the type of racism that can exist in law enforcement, and public response to it, that you're describing. I'd like to have the facts. From the "eyewitness account" at the city paper, it's questionable that the cop got hit at all. If that's true, then anybody being arrested for something like this, regardless of color, is a travesty.

Posted by: the_proph | February 10, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

@geo0386 Why do you assume the people who threw the snowball were white? It doesn't say in the article. I would think that before you play the race card find out the facts of what went on.

Posted by: dcro | February 10, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Nine 7-year olds, three Whites, one Black and 5 Asians were arrested today and charged with a felony for throwing missiles at an occupied vehicle.
They startled a sleeping police officer who was idling in front of a Duncan Donuts Shop on Wisconsin Avenue.
Asked

Posted by: photog | February 10, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I could wake up the one at 7-11...

Posted by: FrankMonzon | February 10, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

The cops should have shot the lady.... If she had thrown a rock instead, it would have been self-defense. Get over yourselves liberals, you do not have a right to hit people with objects!!!

Posted by: WildBill1 | February 10, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

The moral of the story is:

IF
YOU
THROW
A
SNOWBALL
@
A
COP
IN
D.C. (OR ANYWHERE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER)

YOU
ARE
A
FOOL (BLACK, WHITE, BROWN OR GREEN)
WHO
DESERVES
TO
GO
TO
JAIL!

DO
NOT
PASS
GO!

DO
NOT
COLLECT
$250!

GO
DIRECTLY
TO
JAIL!

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | February 10, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

The main issue with this woman being arrested is that there's no proof she threw a snowball at the officers. I was at the scene and saw the officers go into the crowd and arbitrarily choose this young woman to handcuff and arrest. While she was pinned to the patrol car, I walked over to the area where she had been standing, and no one had seen her throw a snowball after the officers arrived. It seems she was the scapegoat for some other drunkards' stupidity....

Posted by: DCreader6229 | February 10, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Wonderful! I would think that police officers have more dire emergencies to look into than be shook up and pass felonies like candy for a little snow. Please use these officers to go check door by door on senior citizens, apparently they have nothing to do. On-hands-on-deck, now is the time to use it and help those that pay their salaries.

Posted by: venusita | February 10, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

While I don't think a person should be arrested for something so minor, I do think that throwing a snow ball at a stranger, adult or child, is an a-hole thing to do. That's why I could never participate in those big snowball fights they have..I can't see myself throwing a snowball at someone I don't know. If someone I didn't know hit me with a snowball, I'd be extremely p'd offed. People have got to start using better judgement.

Posted by: mmurphy6 | February 10, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

this is no suprise with the history of DC Police Officers brandishing guns at past snowball fights (U Street). When the cops come around, you might fear for your life in DC. If I recall correctly that police officer wasn't arrested when he should have been. If Joe Public pulls a gun, they go to prison, should be the same for cops when done outside of their duty.

Posted by: jimmy89 | February 10, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Don't 20 somethings have better things to do than throw snowballs at people. That was fun to me when I was in junior high and maybe in high school. It's just ridiculous to the sense of entitlement that some of these punks have. They see nothing wrong with throwing a snowball at an unwilling participant let alone a cop!

Posted by: jabreal00 | February 10, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Morons. Why don't they take their pent up energy and go dig out some senior citizens?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | February 10, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Why don't these bored brats shovel the streets and sidewalks for the elderly or walk to the store to get food for them, rather than throw snowballs at strangers? They got the time to organize a snowball fight, they got the time to help people out.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | February 10, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

"Ice ball", sure. Do they actually teach a class on testi-lying at the Academy, or is it on-the-job training?

Posted by: targusowlkiln | February 10, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

The cop needs to be shot.

Lanier needs to resign.

Yeagh!

Posted by: bs2004 | February 10, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

This is why these snowball fights need to be contained to unused portions of public parks and kept out of streets and other thoroughfares. Innocent fun my @ss... Don't do the crime if you don't want to do the time.

Posted by: DCtoBalto | February 10, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

She should have been carrying a sign saying:

"NO WAR"
"DOWN WITH CORRUPT AMERICA"
"PROSECUTE BUSH"

Then her "protest" would have been part of the 1st Amendment rights and Daily Kos, Arriana Huffington, CNN, MSNBC would be publicizing police overreaction and brutality and Micael Moore would want to make a movie.

Posted by: wjc1va | February 10, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Throwing a snowball at a cop is just stupid. If she intended to throw an "iceball" at the cop, she should be arrested but the prosecutor doesnt have to charge her (but good luck proving it). If she threw a "snowball" at the officer, give me a break. An iceball is not for fun...Hopefully, she accidently hit the officer, if that is the case, leave her alone.

How does race get thrown into the discussion? I hope an officer didn't arrest nine 7 year olds!! If he did, the brass at MPD will not be pleased!! The case should NOT be charged by the prosecutor!!

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | February 10, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Well.

If I was a DC police officer I'd be pissed off too if a snow ball fight was interrupting my all hands coffee break shift watching the snow fall.

Besides, a felony arrest for an ice ball makes Barney look good to Thelma Lou.

Posted by: mdpilot | February 10, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

As usual the Post does not tell the full story. The officer was sitting inside a patrol car when this drunken woman threw a snowball through the window and struck him in the face. That is assault whether you people like it or not.

Posted by: MKadyman | February 10, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

DC sucks.

Posted by: clintcurrie | February 10, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

If the officer were white and the snowball throwers were Black, whites across the country, including all-white juries, would believe that the white officer shot the Black snowball throwers because he had a reasonable fear for his life.

If the officer were white, white people would have understood the officer's absolute determination to maintain control over the Black crowd, even if that required killing two or three of the snowball throwers.

"Everyone knows" that Blacks were not put on this earth to control white people--white colleges students--even when the white students are "assaulting an officer" (a crime which normally does not require knowledge that the victim is a police officer) and engaging in "disorderly conduct."

In this case, as between a Black police official and white college students (in appearance) the public's reaction depends on the skin color of the member of the public, the skin color of the officer and the skin color of the students.

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

If the officer were white and the snowball throwers were Black, whites across the country, including all-white juries, would believe that the white officer shot the Black snowball throwers because he had a reasonable fear for his life.

If the officer were white, white people would have understood the officer's absolute determination to maintain control over the Black crowd, even if that required killing two or three of the snowball throwers.

"Everyone knows" that Blacks were not put on this earth to control white people--white colleges students--even when the white students are "assaulting an officer" (a crime which normally does not require knowledge that the victim is a police officer) and engaging in "disorderly conduct."

In this case, as between a Black police official and white college students (in appearance) the public's reaction depends on the skin color of the member of the public, the skin color of the officer and the skin color of the students.

Posted by: francislholland | February 10, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

If the officer were white and the snowball throwers were Black, whites across the country, including all-white juries, would believe that the white officer shot the Black snowball throwers because he had a reasonable fear for his life.

If the officer were white, white people would have understood the officer's absolute determination to maintain control over the Black crowd, even if that required killing two or three of the snowball throwers.

"Everyone knows" that Blacks were not put on this earth to control white people--white colleges students--even when the white students are "assaulting an officer" (a crime which normally does not require knowledge that the victim is a police officer) and engaging in "disorderly conduct."

In this case, as between a Black police official and white college students (in appearance) the public's reaction depends on the skin color of the member of the public, the skin color of the officer and the skin color of the students.

Posted by: francislholland | February 10, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

2 AM? Drunk 20-somethings? Assaulting officers? In the face?

P-R-O-S-E-C-U-T-E.

And if they resist arrest, give them a face full of pepper spray. We'll see if they still think it's fun and games.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | February 10, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Throwing a snowball is not a felony. If you put yourself in a snowball fight, then you consent to the touching caused by the snowball. Ass for Officer Icehole, I mean Iceball, they really need to kick both him and the charges out. DC needs to instruct its officers to keep the he11 out of snowball fights.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | February 10, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

DC Police --


C'MON MAN!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: bs2004 | February 11, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

This attitude is just a total DC respect of everything DC. I am not the biggest fan of this new yuppie invasion of DC, but I don't care where these MFs are from before relocating to DC. Everyone knows not to "pluck" with cops everywhere in this GD country. Does not matter if they are from California, Kansas, Iowa, Ohio or Centreville, VA. Holy roller christian or dupe smoking hippe. White privilege only extends but so far. these "adolescent" adults need to get over themselves and this stupididty.

Maria Lewis, age 21, James Madison university Student? I want to see a copy of her booking picture. I will believe the charges when i see her picture posted.

Posted by: oknow1 | February 11, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Oh, poor little Policeman got a boo boo ???

Grow a pair guy, it's a snowball !!!

Posted by: thgirbla | February 11, 2010 2:11 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like they have a Barney Fiffe on the force ???

Do YOU guys know how stupid and petty YOU guys look to the rest of the world ???

Grow a pair and get a life !!!

Posted by: thgirbla | February 11, 2010 2:15 AM | Report abuse

These guys are starting to act like they are Botox San Fran Granny Nan or The Liar in Chief ???

Again, Power has run amuck in D.C. and the world is laughing at you !!!

Posted by: thgirbla | February 11, 2010 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Why were the cops DC Chillin' anyway? Clearly there will ALWAYS be severe racial tensions in DC- white people especially the bleeding hearts need to GET OVER IT accept it and figure out how they will respond to it. . this FOO (the cop) sounded trigger happy. . . but for real. . how many of us were there? More cops need to be on the South side and Word to the individual that was discussing shoveling for those that needed assistance. Also- having fun is cool too- assaulting people is unacceptable. A felony though? That's one more person that can't get a job. If this woman committed the crime she should pay the time! But a snowball?

Posted by: iheartDCyouth | February 11, 2010 3:47 AM | Report abuse

Soooo many constructive things people could be doing instead of participating in a snowball fight. How about reading, walking in place, kissing - anything to keep people off the streets in times like these. You just get in the way and increase the percentage of something going wrong.

Posted by: Supporter51 | February 11, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

After the 14th and U incident in December, the cops and press have a bit of a credibility problem. If you remember, the first accounts claimed the snowball fight was started by a bunch of anarchists (I guess the cops thought this would help their case: in thier eyes, who wouldn't want a gun pulled on a bunch of anarchists?) Then they claimed the undercover cop did not pull out his gun even though video footage found throughout the internet clearly showed the cop pulling a gun.

Now, over a month later, the investigation is complete, but there is no mention of its findings. It has taken over a month when it should have been an open and shut case (the guy needed to lose his badge the day of the snowball fight, inmho.)

Even here, I can see where there is some spin: Iceball (instead of snowball); "Drunken" college kids; "disorderdly" snowball fight.

I'm not condoning throwing snowballs at strangers, and I'm not saying anything about the guilt or innocence of the arrested party in this incident, but I have a hard time taking MPD's account as truth unless there is some video involved. If there are no witnesses or video, MPD has a free pass to create whatever scenario they want to support the charge.

And MPD is not racist. They appear to make false claims against everyone.

Posted by: dmgdchi | February 11, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

It's amazing that DC police are so hated that even a blizzard can't make them into heros.

There's more snow on the ground than ever before in recorded history. You have to go back to a time when native Americans fashioned arrowheads from rock to find a worse winter.

And the cops still can't find anyone who wants their help.

Posted by: blasmaic | February 11, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Jesus...you think the ridiculous douchy hipsters would have learned their lesson last month when this happened?

Your obvliousness to your actions is astounding. Yes, there is a police officer who arrived in a police car with two pther officers. They are telling you to shut it down because you are making a scene in front of a business (not to mention there are 100 parks in DC where you could have done this). What do you do? You throw one right at his face. Brilliant, you moron.

You 20 year old children provoke someone without thinking about it, then have the audacity to be surprised when that provocation illicit a response.

This girl got who got arrested has apparently been arrested numerous times for similar things (according to her facebook page), so instead of jumping down the throat of a police officer why don't you "Grow Up".

Posted by: Nosh1 | February 11, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

If you do not want to get with a snowball then do not go into a snowball fight.
These cops were looking to be pelted. What their uniform makes then immune to the playing field or what?

Posted by: melee401 | February 11, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Honestly, they sound like a bunch of spoiled brats. I was in high school when there was the big snowstorm in the mid 90s. My brother and I helped shovel our neighbors driveway and sidewalks. There was another snowstorm in early 2000. I was in grad school then. I stayed in my dorm studying. If these 20 something have that much pent up energy, why can't they go check on elderly neighbors or help shovel driveways or walkways?

The sense of entitlement is ridiculous. In what planet is it ever okay to throw a snowball at a cop inside a car? Anyone defending this action by saying the cop should get over it or grow a pair is just a complete moron.

Posted by: jabreal00 | February 11, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Honestly, they sound like a bunch of spoiled brats. I was in high school when there was the big snowstorm in the mid 90s. My brother and I helped shovel our neighbors driveway and sidewalks. There was another snowstorm in early 2000. I was in grad school then. I stayed in my dorm studying. If these 20 something have that much pent up energy, why can't they go check on elderly neighbors or help shovel driveways or walkways?

The sense of entitlement is ridiculous. In what planet is it ever okay to throw a snowball at a cop inside a car? Anyone defending this action by saying the cop should get over it or grow a pair is just a complete moron.

Posted by: jabreal00 | February 11, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Arrested for throwing snowballs at a policeman, that's one thing. But the policeman defending himself (against a snowball) with a loaded weapon is just too ridiculous. People could get hurt that way, Officer!

Posted by: MadamDeb | February 12, 2010 3:09 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 snowballs 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 THESE POLICE OFFICERS WOULD RATHER BE OUT THERE DIGGING THEIR CRUISERS 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 these idiots 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!!!!

To those who have stated why not do something constructive to do in a snow emergency such as helping the elderly or demonstrate real acts of kindness like shovel driveways and walkways so that others can walk around the city safely...I completely AGREE...but we all know that these idiots would rather make the news at someone else's expense because God forbid if they make the news on a POSITIVE note!

Posted by: Sandy_2529 | February 15, 2010 2:27 AM | Report abuse

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