Pulling a Gun at a Snowball Fight Not a "Termination Offense"

By Matthew Stabley
|  Thursday, Mar 4, 2010  |  Updated 6:15 PM EDT
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Pulling a Gun at a Snowball Fight Not a "Termination Offense"

Associated Press

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The investigation of a D.C. police detective accused of pulling his gun during a December snowball fight is complete, and it looks like the detective will go back to work.

The detective, identified by the Washington City Paper as Mike Baylor, was driving in his personal vehicle when it was pelted by snowballs at 14th and U streets during the snowstorm on Dec. 19.

A video posted on YouTube showed an officer waving and pointing a gun as he walked toward the snowballers. Another video showed what appeared to be the same man telling people he is a detective and that he pulled his gun because he was hit by snowballs.

"I am aware that there was some policy violations that were sustained, but that's pretty much the extent of what I can comment on," Lanier said Thursday.

Baylor's gun and badge were withdrawn and he was put behind a desk while internal affairs. What punishment -- if any -- he will face was not disclosed, but he won't lose his job.

"I don't think this is a termination offense," Lanier said.

She was more critical in December, calling the detective's actions "totally inappropriate" and saying the incident tarnished the department's otherwise excellent handling of the storm. That prompted the D.C. police union to question whether Baylor would get a fair investigation.

Fair enough, it seems.

"As soon as this whole process wraps up, he'll be put back to duty," Lanier said.

Something to consider when you're packing snow next winter.

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