this winter here in the D.C. area.
Bunch of idiot hipsters decide to have an impromptu street-corner snowball fight during one of our big blizzards…sure enough, things get somewhat out of hand, and passing cars get hit with snowballs.
One of them contains an off-duty cop, who angrily jumps out, weapon in hand. Uniformed cops show up, with their guns out (since they’ve received reports of a man with a gun). It was not a pretty picture.
The District huffed and puffed about charging the snowball throwers (or something…not sure how they’d know who it was, given how many people where there), but once publicity and rationality took hold, they just quietly dropped it.
The Maryland State Police will, I bet, do the same I this case (I see they’re still mulling things right now). Otherwise the ACLU will spare no expense defending this guy (even though he’s a total nitwit) to get the “no taping” law struck down, forcing Maryland to spend tons of taxpayer money and keeping the spotlight on a case where the common-sense view is that law or no law, the police acted out of proportion to the situation.