The police have a hard time getting good press these days. So many of the headlines seem to revel in the accusations of misconduct. These cops, though, took advantage of a rare snow day to create some positive impressions and build some good relations with the community. And they did while showing off their tactical skills.
The officers from the Duvall Police Department in Washington don’t often see snow. When a call came in about some “suspicious characters” loitering in a local park, the cops grabbed their gear and headed out.
“We show up and we see there’s a bunch of them, so we’re like, could be kind of a tough situation,” said Officer Brandon Rhodes. “So we decided to grab our ballistic shields and call in a couple reinforcements.”
The park was full of miscreants. They were reluctant to comply with the demands of the officers and the altercation quickly escalated.
“They all start throwing snowballs at us,” Rhodes said. “We can’t let them throw snowballs at us, so we throw snowballs back, and then they just have too many snowballs.”
The fight was brutal and the police were outnumbered. There were some unfortunate casualties.
“We retreated, tactically, and kind of left one of our partners behind, which was kind of sad,” Rhodes said. “We felt bad, but he was on his own.”
The event had the effect the police desired. Video of the fight has gone viral and people are talking about the department’s ability to build a sense of community that brings people closer to the good work the department does.
“Most people weren’t able to go in to work, so we had a lot of people walking around, sledding down some of the streets and stuff,” he said.
“As long as everyone’s being safe, we’d like everyone to have a little bit of fun and we like to have fun sometimes too.”