Saturday, March 13, 2010
Snowballs now considered weapons
From the Daily News:
Four Bronx buddies are facing a year in jail for criminal possession of a weapon - a snowball that hit an off-duty transit cop.
The young men say they were horsing around in the late February storm when an errant snowball smacked Officer Adonis Ramirez in the leg.
Next thing they knew, he was waving a gun at them and calling for backup. Now they're facing a slew of charges and readying a $10 million suit against the city.
"When I was in Central Booking, people asked me what I was locked up for, and I said a snowball," said Johnathan Rodriguez, 22. "Everyone started laughing."
The NYPD doesn't think it's a joke.
A police source said the cop, who was in street clothes, was barraged with snowballs and taunts and chased down the street "in a threatening manner."
The group says Ramirez was the one who behaved badly - failing to identify himself as a cop when he pulled out a gun and ordered them to the ground.
"He screamed, 'You don't know who I am,'" said Manuel Rondon, 18, a student at Monroe College.
"He pulled out the gun and aimed it at me when he was 3 feet away. I thought he was going to kill me."
"I thought he was some drug dealer who was going to shoot me in the head and walk away," said Christian Perez, 19. "We only hit him once, and it was by mistake."
Ariel Lopez, a 17-year-old senior at Jane Addams High School, said he and the others "were all really scared."