Thursday, May 20, 2010
Video supports snowball throwers
From the Daily News:
New video of the controversial Bronx snowball arrest appears to show an off-duty cop quickly drawing his gun just seconds after being hit by a single snowball.
The footage seems to contradict Officer Adonis Ramirez's insistence that he was pelted "on the back by multiple snowballs" before turning his weapon on a group of friends.
The so-called "Snowball Four" made headlines after February's blizzard when they were charged with criminal possession of a weapon - snowballs.
Ramirez's fellow cops reported that he was taunted in Spanish and chased down the street "in a threatening manner," police sources said at the time.
Instead, Ramirez is seen walking out of 1422 Nelson Ave. when he is hit by one of the snowball, the friends admit they were tossing at each other. They denied they targeted the officer.
In the video, Ramirez, a seven-year NYPD veteran, pulls his gun 15 seconds after the snowball is thrown and orders the young men to the ground.
The group said he never said he was an officer.