Earlier this morning, our quote of the day highlighted an incident in the New York City suburb of New Rochelle in which a police officer supposedly pulled his gun on a group of yoots engaged in a harmless snowball fight. Now, the New Rochelle police are pushing back, saying that’s a mischaracterization of what happened. “‘There was no snowball fight,” New Rochelle Deputy Police Commissioner Anthony Murphy told the Daily News, calling the video a piece of “clever mischief.’ He said police were responding to a 911 call around 4 p.m. Friday that a teenager standing in a group of six near the Heritage Houses had pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at another person . . .
“We dispatched several cars to the area. Police officers got out of their cars and one of the individuals bent down, adjusted something in his waistband and ran,” Murphy said.
A voice on the video made the incident sound as if the responding officer came across some youthful hijinks and decided to clear leather.
“There was no snowball fight,” (Deputy Commissioner Murphy) said.
A high-ranking source agreed with Murphy.
“The video looks terrible, but it’s completely out of context,” the source said. “It’s a completely different incident than it appears from that snippet. There’s clearly a lot of misunderstanding. The record of the 911 call will by itself illustrate what was going on.”
Officials said they will not release a recording of the 911 call, but may release a transcript of the call.
“I’m sure that if I release it (the recording), there are people in the neighborhood who will identify the (caller),” Murphy said. “We depend on the public to give us information. If you violate that (trust), then what do you tell people? We know what happened, I know what happened and that’s it.”
This will probably become clearer in the fullness of time. Perhaps that 911 call transcript will help. Or not. Watch this space.