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2013-12-13 02:15:01 PM
There are cops out there who every day abuse the power of their badge to harass the citizens of the US, perform illegal and unconstitutional searches, and who are corrupt bastards worthy of having their badges shoved far up their ass.

And THIS is what people decide to call them out for? Having a little fun which harms no one, doesn't prevent them from doing their job in any way, and didn't violate anyone's rights or expectations?

Look. There is plenty of criticism of American Law Enforcement to go around. Manufacturing Republican-level butthurt over non-events doesn't help that.
 
2013-12-13 02:17:54 PM
Look, which would you rather have; cops with literally zero sense of fun who can't see humor in anything, or cops who know how to laugh and unwind with a snowball fight?
 
2013-12-13 02:28:45 PM
My bigger problem is that they were doing this crap in the middle of the night, on duty, and waking up the neighborhood.  It's nice that they have a sense of humour and all, but I don't know anyone who is allowed to drop what they're doing and go play at work.

Mostly, though, the folks they woke up have a right to be pissed off.  Inconsiderate at best.
 
2013-12-13 02:33:32 PM
The person recording it, sounds like he has been on the wrong side of the law NUMEROUS times, and just couldn't wait to report it, so he could get even with them.
GROW UP!  It was just a couple minutes....go find something else to complain about.
 
2013-12-13 02:34:00 PM
"I thought it was very poor police work," Al Reese, a Cleveland resident, said. "They're throwing snowballs when they should be spending their time fighting crime."


Why do I get the impression that Al here thinks cops fly around with superhero duds on under their kevlar?  And more than likely Al would be the first one biatching if the cops WERE out "fighting crime"...like patrolling strip malls and pulling over cars with license plate lights out because they're suspicious.  Cops can't win, no matter what.

Jeesus, lighten up Francis.
 
2013-12-13 02:34:39 PM
Murdering, raping, corruption, drug dealing, extortion = paid vacation. Snow ball fight? Give em the chair.
 
2013-12-13 02:35:55 PM
At this point, It doesn't appear any discipline will come against the officers.

They shoot handcuffed prisoners in the back and get paid vacation and an eventual raise for it. You think a snowball fight is going to matter, hmmmmmm?
 
2013-12-13 02:35:59 PM
Snowball fight: "Quit throwing snowballs and do your job."

Does job and writes ticket: "Why you harassin' hardworking folks?"

Cops can't seem to catch a break.

/not a cop
 
2013-12-13 02:36:01 PM
1) Cops have no duty to protect anyone.

2) Cops have a snowball fight in the streets, they excuse it as harmless fun (not farking around on the job

3) A bunch of kids have a snowball fight in the street and they draw their guns then lie about it
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2013-12-13 02:36:06 PM
They obviously caught on tape practicing throwing grenades at homeless people.
 
2013-12-13 02:37:26 PM
Jesus... It's like thinking that firefighters spend their ENTIRE shift in front of a burning building. There IS a downtime in between police calls, dumbass.I agree that they should have been so farking loud, but otherwise, I couldn't give two shiats unless someone committed a crime right there in front of them.
 
2013-12-13 02:38:16 PM
Wow, some people need to lighten up, it's a little harmless fun. I'm quite sure everyone has screwed off once or twice at work to relieve a little stress, what's the big deal?
 
2013-12-13 02:40:10 PM
People are not automatons, and occasionally need to let of a little steam and screw around a bit.  I'm willing to bet not a single person reading this thread has ever done anything not work related on the company dime or on company time.

That being said, have some goddamned smarts about it, and be respectful to the people in the area.  If you're screwing around risks inconveniencing others, then you should expect to get caught for screwing around on the job.
 
2013-12-13 02:40:27 PM

OnlyM3: 1) Cops have no duty to protect anyone.

2) Cops have a snowball fight in the streets, they excuse it as harmless fun (not farking around on the job

3) A bunch of kids have a snowball fight in the street and they draw their guns then lie about it
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So, this has what to do with this situation?

Something about picking your battles comes to mind.
 
2013-12-13 02:40:32 PM
So the probably shouldn't been making so much noise late at night. But come on, there are actual bad cops out there who do actual harm to people. This seems so insignificant and petty to report.

/Although this did them from tazering the elderly or shooting dogs for the duration of the snowball fight
// I hope
 
2013-12-13 02:41:12 PM
fta Was it wrong for Cleveland officers to have snowball fight on duty?

Nah. It was teh fun.
 
2013-12-13 02:41:34 PM

Rincewind53: Look, which would you rather have; cops with literally zero sense of fun who can't see humor in anything, or cops who know how to laugh and unwind with a snowball fight?


The problem is immediately after this these cops tazed some black kid who picked up some snow.
 
2013-12-13 02:41:34 PM

ReapTheChaos: Wow, some people need to lighten up, it's a little harmless fun. I'm quite sure everyone has screwed

off once or twice at work to relieve a little stress, what's the big deal?

I first read this, missing the 'off'.  And I thought "whew, I'm not the only one!"

Then ..... naw, I know I'm not the only one, this IS fark, after all.
 
2013-12-13 02:42:25 PM
Gaddiel:
/Although this did   KEEP them from tazering the elderly or shooting dogs for the duration of the snowball fight
// I hope


Shut up
 
2013-12-13 02:43:02 PM

hardinparamedic: There are cops out there who every day abuse the power of their badge to harass the citizens of the US, perform illegal and unconstitutional searches, and who are corrupt bastards worthy of having their badges shoved far up their ass.

And THIS is what people decide to call them out for? Having a little fun which harms no one, doesn't prevent them from doing their job in any way, and didn't violate anyone's rights or expectations?

Look. There is plenty of criticism of American Law Enforcement to go around. Manufacturing Republican-level butthurt over non-events doesn't help that.


God damn it, I hate it when I agree with you.
 
2013-12-13 02:44:18 PM
All right, people.  Wake up!  This is Fark and we will tolerate no support of cops, because cops.
 
2013-12-13 02:47:28 PM
The video was recorded after midnight on Thursday. Gregory said he, "was awakened by a whole bunch of yelling in front of" his house.

People making a ruckus in front of my house in the middle of the night?  I'd be highly annoyed too.
 
2013-12-13 02:48:12 PM
Cops having snowball fight with other cops in the middle of the night in a residential neighborhood while on duty? Bad.

Cops having snowball fight with local teenagers while on duty? Community interaction, good.

Somehow I can see some kid getting beat down and arrested for trying to join in the fight. It's like walking into a gang meeting. Yes, the police are a gang, and they act every bit the part.
 
2013-12-13 02:50:19 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: My bigger problem is that they were doing this crap in the middle of the night, on duty, and waking up the neighborhood.  It's nice that they have a sense of humour and all, but I don't know anyone who is allowed to drop what they're doing and go play at work.

Mostly, though, the folks they woke up have a right to be pissed off.  Inconsiderate at best.


Really, I have rarely worked at a job where taking 10 minutes off to blow off steam, alone or even in a group, would be considered that big a deal.  Call it a smoke break, or a run to the corner store to get some snacks, or even taking a walk around the building.  I have also never worked at a company where the occasional (key word occasional) horsing around to lighten the stress was ever discouraged.  In fact, I would encourage it (I did advise my people to take out of sight of the customers).

I do agree that creating a disturbance in a residential area may have been poor judgement.
 
2013-12-13 02:50:23 PM
Some of the most fun I have on duty is interrupting games like this and joining in, mostly when groups of neighborhood kids.  Walked up a sledding hill once and did a cbably nouple runs down the hill with the kids, in uniform and gunbelt, kids loved it.  Played all-time QB during a game of neighborhood football for about 20 minutes, kids loved it.  Joined a snowball fight once, kids loved it.

There are times when community policing, and dealing with the public in a non-official capacity is a good thing.

I don't much have a problem with them getting into a little snowball fight and blowing off soem steam, they should probably have picked a more appropriate place to do it than in the middle of the neighborhood where they might wake somebody up, however.
 
2013-12-13 02:50:37 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: My bigger problem is that they were doing this crap in the middle of the night, on duty, and waking up the neighborhood.  It's nice that they have a sense of humour and all, but I don't know anyone who is allowed to drop what they're doing and go play at work.

Mostly, though, the folks they woke up have a right to be pissed off.  Inconsiderate at best.


So, you're saying that you've never heard of a snowball fight on a construction site? Or a practical joke in an office? Or someone wasting time on Fark while at their desk? Or someone sharing a funny video with their cubemate? That no one else in the US workforce but a cop has the opportunity to 'play' for a few minutes while on the clock?

I agree that being loud in a neighborhood after midnight isn't polite. Being loud enough to wake residents wasn't considerate. Other than that, it seems a relatively harmless few minutes of fun over the course of what's probably a fairly boring shift: probably 11-7 or 12-8, snowy and cold, when few people are out.
 
2013-12-13 02:52:28 PM
So... someone would rather have a pissed-off, wound up, stressed-out cop show up and tase granny or junior than a cop who spent fifteen minutes blowing off steam by having a snowball fight with his buddies and who is now calm enough to look at granny or junior and go "really? Get outta here and go home."

Let a cop blow off a little steam and the taser stays in the holster. Ticket book stays put away usually, too.

It's not rocket science.
 
2013-12-13 02:53:11 PM
Heck, the police are doing a job I never would consider. Not to mention a lot of them put in extra hours for youth groups, mentoring, etc. without pay. Every time I have dealt with the local police in the last ten years they have been nothing but helpful and friendly. No harm done, no foul. If a call came over the radio I'm sure they would have dropped everything and rushed to the scene. Darn, who hasn't has some levity in their jobs?(if you haven't, find a different one).

I might suggest picking up a scanner or using radioreference.com to listen to your local police, firefighters and EMS. There are android and iOS apps. Much more goes on than makes the news. It is not an easy job. (Outside of a federal group based locally to me that I consider 'keystone cops' based on their radio transmissions, but they are Feds, not local).
 
2013-12-13 02:55:13 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: My bigger problem is that they were doing this crap in the middle of the night, on duty, and waking up the neighborhood.  It's nice that they have a sense of humour and all, but I don't know anyone who is allowed to drop what they're doing and go play at work.

Mostly, though, the folks they woke up have a right to be pissed off.  Inconsiderate at best.


Hi there.  I'm Satan's Bunny Slippers.


Now you know someone who can just drop what they're doing and go play at work.

It's not like they walked off the job for an hour.  It was what?  5-10 minutes?
 
2013-12-13 02:57:29 PM
Sigh.  I guess it IS a waste of taxpayer dollars.  Give them a five minute biatch out from their boss, put a note in their file and be done with it.
 
2013-12-13 03:00:18 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: My bigger problem is that they were doing this crap in the middle of the night, on duty, and waking up the neighborhood.  It's nice that they have a sense of humour and all, but I don't know anyone who is allowed to drop what they're doing and go play at work.

Mostly, though, the folks they woke up have a right to be pissed off.  Inconsiderate at best.


You must be submitter
 
2013-12-13 03:00:37 PM
Prime directives:

1. Serve the public trust
2. Protect the innocent
3. Uphold the law
4. [CLASSIFIED] Enjoy the occasional snowball fight
 
2013-12-13 03:01:24 PM
you know how they should have solved this, joined in the snowball fight
 
2013-12-13 03:01:51 PM
Let he among you who has never Farked from work cast the first snowball.
 
2013-12-13 03:02:12 PM
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2013-12-13 03:03:24 PM

nosferatublue: Let he among you who has never Farked from work cast the first snowball.


THIS
 
2013-12-13 03:04:01 PM

ReapTheChaos: Wow, some people need to lighten up, it's a little harmless fun. I'm quite sure everyone has screwed off once or twice at work to relieve a little stress, what's the big deal?


Does reading Fark during work hours count as screwing off?
 
2013-12-13 03:08:59 PM

Meanwhile, in Canada

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2013-12-13 03:10:48 PM

Rincewind53: Look, which would you rather have; cops with literally zero sense of fun who can't see humor in anything, or cops who know how to laugh and unwind with a snowball fight?


Exactly.

I hate cops as much as anybody, but I see a few cops having a snowball fight as a positive thing.
 
2013-12-13 03:11:35 PM
Even with my hatred of cops, i fail to see an issue here.

Not like they spent an hour on the clock playing around.
 
2013-12-13 03:14:00 PM
It was cool when I thought they were engaging in a snowball fight with civilians who they came across durning their shifts. It's much less impressive to me that they were just funning amongst themselves.

It's not worth any kind of disciplinary action, but it does raise questions about how accountable they have to be.
 
2013-12-13 03:15:17 PM

blatz514: ReapTheChaos: Wow, some people need to lighten up, it's a little harmless fun. I'm quite sure everyone has screwed off once or twice at work to relieve a little stress, what's the big deal?

Does reading Fark during work hours count as screwing off?


Working in an IT/Desktop publishing position, Fark is a necessity! It's what keeps some of us from being in a Fark story...
 
2013-12-13 03:15:38 PM

DarkVader: Rincewind53: Look, which would you rather have; cops with literally zero sense of fun who can't see humor in anything, or cops who know how to laugh and unwind with a snowball fight?

Exactly.

I hate cops as much as anybody, but I see a few cops having a snowball fight as a positive thing.



Fark are you all talking about? I'm sure Darth Vador laughed sometimes too. No one thinks that bad cops walk around with a perpetual scowl. of COURSE they're friendly to EACH OTHER. That's never been the complaint.
 
2013-12-13 03:23:30 PM

ReapTheChaos: Wow, some people need to lighten up, it's a little harmless fun. I'm quite sure everyone has screwed off once or twice at work to relieve a little stress, what's the big deal?


once or twice?  once or twice an hour!!!!!  for farks sake, lighten up people.
 
2013-12-13 03:31:18 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: It's nice that they have a sense of humour and all, but I don't know anyone who is allowed to drop what they're doing and go play at work.


Obviously you've never been in the military. If you don't have time to go screw around and play an impromptu game of baseball using a hickory nut as a ball and a M-16 as a bat or fire up a game of America's Army for "tactics training' something has gone wrong. Check out all my fark posts today for an indication of your tax dollars at work ;)
 
2013-12-13 03:35:29 PM

wxboy: The video was recorded after midnight on Thursday. Gregory said he, "was awakened by a whole bunch of yelling in front of" his house.

People making a ruckus in front of my house in the middle of the night?  I'd be highly annoyed too.


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2013-12-13 03:39:17 PM

DROxINxTHExWIND: DarkVader: Rincewind53: Look, which would you rather have; cops with literally zero sense of fun who can't see humor in anything, or cops who know how to laugh and unwind with a snowball fight?

Exactly.

I hate cops as much as anybody, but I see a few cops having a snowball fight as a positive thing.


Fark are you all talking about? I'm sure Darth Vador laughed sometimes too. No one thinks that bad cops walk around with a perpetual scowl. of COURSE they're friendly to EACH OTHER. That's never been the complaint.


Well...good point actually..
 
2013-12-13 03:40:38 PM
There's always at least one Whiney McCrabbypants on every block.

Let the cops have a few minutes of fun.
 
2013-12-13 03:48:53 PM

DarkVader: I hate cops as much as anybody, but I see a few cops having a snowball fight as a positive thing.


I probably hate cops more than the average anybody.

I don't see anything wrong with the fight, except that it's in the street.  A civilian doing the same would end up with tickets for jaywalking and obstructing traffic, maybe a beat down for good measure.
 
2013-12-13 03:51:34 PM

Dimming: wxboy: The video was recorded after midnight on Thursday. Gregory said he, "was awakened by a whole bunch of yelling in front of" his house.

People making a ruckus in front of my house in the middle of the night?  I'd be highly annoyed too.

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He's just pissed because he has to live in Cleveland.
 
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