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Lanier on snowball cop: 'Investigation is complete'

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said that the internal investigation into the detective who pulled his weapon during a snowball fight last month was "complete" but she had not yet seen the results.

Speaking with WTOP reporter Mark Segraves during the monthly "Ask the Chief" radio segment, Lanier said the report on the actions of Detective Michael Baylor had not come to her, so she couldn't comment on the results. But she added that she has the final say on the outcome.

Heavy snowfall in December prompted a D.C. resident to organize a mass snowball fight at 14th and U streets NW. When some revelers threw a snowball at 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.

Lanier said today that Baylor, who was put on desk duty after the incident, remains on "non-contact status."

You can listen to the full interview here.

-- Theola Labbé-DeBose

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  February 4, 2010; 11:25 AM ET
Categories:  Cathy L. Lanier , The District , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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He wasn't hit with "A" snowball. Why can't the Wash Post ever write an ubiased story? What a bunch of cry babies.

Posted by: gpl2411 | February 4, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

hey gpl2411,

After the snow storm this weekend how about you stand on a corner let everybody take target practice on you with snowballs. I would love to see your response.

Posted by: psoft1 | February 4, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Lets hope we can have the police focus on safety with this weekend's snow fall rather than pull a gun cause someone got snow on their Hummer.

Posted by: cashink2003 | February 4, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

So are only Police allowed to pull a weapon after their HUMMER was pelted with snowballs or is this the right of EVERY citizen?

This dude overreacted like he was Reginald Denny getting hit in the HEAD with a brick instead of having his bigg@ss Hummer hit with some snowballs. If that's the case, then every school bus driver since I was a kid should be pulling out on snowball throwers and threatening bodily harm cause their 8 ton vehicle was under attack.

Posted by: kahlua87 | February 4, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

So are only Police allowed to pull a weapon after their HUMMER was pelted with snowballs or is this the right of EVERY citizen?

This dude overreacted like he was Reginald Denny getting hit in the HEAD with a brick instead of having his bigg@ss Hummer hit with some snowballs. If that's the case, then every school bus driver since I was a kid should be pulling out on snowball throwers and threatening bodily harm cause their 8 ton vehicle was under attack.

Posted by: kahlua87 | February 4, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

He should have shot every single one of those liberal yuppie punks there and then. That would have taught them a lesson that to commit felonious crimes like throwing objects at moving vehicles.

Posted by: MACCHAMPS04 | February 5, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Hey, here is a reminder to all the self obsessed hipster yuppies in the city who may not have learned their lesson 6 weeks ago.

You want to have a snowball fight? Great, go to one of the dozens city parks spread through the city, or go the national mall where you can have 150 acres of open land all to yourselves. Don't repeat your dumb mistake and think having an 200 person strong organized snowball fight at the busy downtown intersection of two 6 lane streets.

Posted by: Nosh1 | February 5, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Well I personally think that if the snowball fight was in a black neighborhood and the cop was White, his actions would have been justified by everyone. I get so sick and tired of the double standards! Young black men are always in these very situations w/ police officers (over reacting) but they are always white and always justified in their actions.....it drives me Banana's

Posted by: tcdnatl | February 5, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

re: "Banana's"

Banana's what? And who is Banana? Where does this person live and why are you driving there?

Posted by: bayma1 | February 5, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I think it should be legal for anyone to shoot hipsters who have snowball fights.

Posted by: dtysko | February 5, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Hey psoft1: Why don't you learn reading comprehension? I said it was not 'A" snowball, it was 'MULTIPLE" snowballs. Understand now?

Posted by: gpl2411 | February 5, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

The officer was hit with multiple softballs some which were caught on the tape by Reason.TV
You hooligans need to be prosecuted for throwing a party at a MAJOR DC intersection during a snow emergency. Don't blame the cop one bit..
Glad the latest snowball fight occurred at Dupont Park then even 2,000 people showed up bet you didn't see many patrolling officers..your organizers need to pick better places for your activity..
Try the Wash Monument grounds..you might damage the Fountain in Dupont Park, then whos is going to pay for the repairs...

Posted by: digtldesk | February 6, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

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