The cop proceeds to pat each of the youths down with one hand while holding the gun, continually telling them not to move.
Once the officer realized the fear was all in his head, he released the teens with no charges.
The video was recorded by a witness who stated the following:
“They were having a snowball fight, ” she explained. “This group of guys was having a snowball fight and now a cop has a gun on them.”
The video was originally posted on a site called New Rochelle’s Talk of the Sound but that site has crashed due to so many views of this video. The second video showing the cop releasing the teens is also on that site.
UPDATE: New Rochelle police finally made a statement on the incident, claiming it was all being misconstrued. That it wasn’t really about a snowball fight but a man with a gun.
The man with the gun got away, they said.
And they were left detaining a group of unarmed teenagers who were quickly released.
But an eyewitness described it as the following:
“They were having a snowball fight,” the woman recording the incident says. “This group of guys was having a snowball fight and now a cop has a gun on them.”
“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.
As one officer took off after the suspect, another remained with the five teens who did not run, Murphy said.
“Don’t f—–g move, guys,” the cop shouts in one of two clips that were sent to the Talk of the Sound.
Two teens can be seen in the video kneeling with their hands in the air. The officer frisks both of them before ordering them to stand up.
“The group was compliant,” Murphy said. “(At the same time) the other cop is in foot pursuit of the suspect that had the gun. The suspect runs into an apartment house and into an unknown apartment.”
Police did not catch the suspect.