VIDEO: Female Officer Asks People To Get Out Of Road, So They Douse Her In Water

An East Lubbock neighborhood water fight led to at least 58 calls to police on Saturday.

Lubbock, TX – Two Lubbock police officers were assaulted during a massive neighborhood water fight that left property damaged and unwilling passersby drenched, police said (video below).

The event, which was referred to as the “East Side Water Wars: The Purge,” was scheduled to last from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m., KCBD reported.

During the melee, Lubbock police officers responded to at least 58 calls for service, Chief Greg Stevens said in a press release on Monday.

Some callers reported that participants in the water fight were blocking the roadways, while others complained that they had unwillingly been hit by water balloons and “super soaker type water guns,” Chief Stevens explained.

“Specifically, we received at least one report of a windshield cracked and several people being unwittingly drenched as they drove or walked down the street,” he added.

The department was inundated with calls, leaving some reports languishing in queue.

“Officers responding to the numerous calls for service early in the day were met with courtesy and cooperation from participants they encountered as they requested them to only engage with other participants and stay out of the roadways,” Chief Stevens said.

That all changed at approximately 7 p.m., when two officers who were preparing to go on shift responded to reports that people were blocking traffic and throwing water balloons at vehicles, KCBD reported.

“They responded to the call on their way to work because the call had been holding for some time because other officers were not available to respond,” Chief Stevens explained.

According to a police report, a female officer told the crowd to have fun, but asked them to stay out of the road, KCBD reported.

Someone sprayed her in the back with a water gun as she was walking back to her patrol vehicle, then several other individuals followed suit.

The officer was pelted with water balloons and was then shoved by a male as he ran by.

A now-viral cell phone video captured the moment that the officer spun around and began chasing one of the water wars participants.

As she ran, the officer tripped in the mud and slid on her stomach, the video showed.

The video had over 5 million views as of Monday evening and had been shared over 134,000 times.

People from the crowd proceeded to spray her and threw water at her, and one individual even dumped a full bucket of water on her, KCBD reported.

The volume of water rendered her equipment inoperable, and the officer was unable to call for backup.

Mud and water saturated her clothing and vest, while her duty weapon, Taser, and magazines were covered in the muddy slime.

Participants also attacked a male officer on the opposite side of the neighborhood, dousing him with buckets and a water-filled trashcan.

“The other officer was able to make it back to his vehicle and finish dispersing the crowd by activating his lights and siren on his police vehicle while traveling to the aid of his fellow officer,” Chief Stevens said in the press release. “He was able to call for additional units which responded to the scene, and eventually the entire crowd on East Baylor was dispersed with no use of force by any of the involved officers.”

The female officer was forced to go out of service for a period of time in order to change her uniform and dry out her equipment, which left the department temporarily understaffed, the chief explained.

Chief Stevens noted that while most of the water wars participants were respectful and cooperative, detectives were looking into the actions of the “small number” of individuals responsible for criminal mischief and “other related issues” to determine if charges would be filed.

“I applaud the professionalism and restraint shown by each of the responding officers, especially the two who were assaulted during this event,” Chief Stevens concluded. “They were faced with an extremely difficult situation; however, they remained calm and performed their job diligently, solving the problem at hand without resorting to any use of force.”

You can watch the viral cell phone footage from the scene in the video below:

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Budman
Budman

Very lucky that the officer was not seriously hurt!!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

It's funny seeing the words "attacked" and "water fight" in the same sentence. Seriously? Neighborhood fun, snowflakes. They were just enjoying a hot day.

Logic Required
Logic Required

They can enjoy a hot day without ruining other people’s day and attacking cops, tying up there time when they could be doing other things then controlling their childish behaviour.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@logic Required It was probably old folks calling the cops. The kids get rightfully chastised for wanton vandalism, but when they're having fun, call the cops. If the cop would lighten up, she could have some fun too.

Pat1978
Pat1978

And maybe work for 8 hours in a soaked uniform with soaked boots and a radio that doesn't work. You really are not very bright man.

DocRyder
DocRyder

Sorry but it's time to start eliminating people like this from society. Yes, this is a relatively small thing but is indicative of a far larger problem and it must stop.

DocRyder
DocRyder

Perhaps, troll, you missed the point where the cops were respectful asking only they stayed out of the street and maybe, just maybe stopped assaulting folks who didn't care to participate. Of course their rights mean nothing, right? I believe it's time to just eliminate people like the ones who continually assaulted this officer. Maybe you too.

DocRyder
DocRyder

If you listen carefully you can hear the screech of a very agitated ape chasing after the cop. I'm sure it's intent was completely altruistic...

sturnman22
sturnman22

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sturnman22
sturnman22

some kicking was in order. Shame on police for not going back and taking appropriate action.

Bstn199
Bstn199

Lo-estcomdenomn...if it was your car windsheild cracked by these folks just having fun youd be pissin & moanin that the cops allowed them to continue their fun water fight...guess what, the cops let them have their fun but told them numerous times to stay out of the street and only soak the actual participants...nope some in the group had to be a-holes and involve those just trying to pass by. Your comments, as usual, are obnoxious but they are telling of your character!!

lauraaz
lauraaz

There is nothing that will turn grown people into 6 year olds faster than giving them a squirt gun and them getting squirted by someone. And yes, 6 year olds having a water war tend to think everyone is fair game, when they think about it at all. Next year have the water war at a park or school away from roads, and get a team of cops with super soakers and no electronics to join the fun .

Propolice
Propolice

Sounds like monkeys from a jungle. No respect for the law but they expect to be treated with respect. Shelby most likely will not comment on this incident.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn - it was probably people who had their vehicles vandalized who called the police. If you read the story, with comprehension, you would have noticed the police spent the entire day responding to complaints from "TAX" paying citizens about these heathens. I'm sure the police had no problem with the water fights but breaking car windows, blocking the roadway, and spraying people who weren't interested in the game, turns the entire affair into a crime. Now, I hope the police detectives are able to identify those who participated. A little jail time will give them the opportunity to "cool off".

LEO0301
LEO0301

The city where I lived and worked, the holidays that brought out people like this was July 4th, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Halloween, and New Years. You could count on "riots" in the black neighborhoods on those special occasions. Fights, gun shots, and bottles and rocks being thrown, all in the name of having a good time. Any excuse for lawlessness.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

An "every man for himself water fight" in Texan heat ... and she thought it a good idea to get out of her vehicle? Once doused, she could have laughed, asked for more in a show of good-naturedness and then retreated back to her vehicle. Instead, she became an object of derision. Lesson hopefully learned.

Heezels
Heezels

You know, you can enjoy a hot day without throwing water on unwilling participants, damaging their property, and blocking the street.

If it was just them, fine. But theyre actling like a bunch of idiots and having a go at other people around them. They should know better and be better behaved.

61mouse
61mouse

Probably first bath in sometime for most of them

LEO0301
LEO0301

@charlesjandecka - did you read the article? The police responded numerous times throughout the day and some people had their cars vandalized. This is not having a good time if it happened to be your window that was broken. Or maybe you enjoy that kind of activity yourself? Hmm....

Ferox45
Ferox45

This is why I have a smile on my face, when I see videos of the Police shooting these apes.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

@LEO0301 Yes, I did read the article. Did you? She got out of her car and "told the crowd to have fun, but asked them to stay out of the road." She did not address any complaints of vandalism or assault by water. Should they have doused her, no, but having exited her car she became an easy target. Same kind of stuff has happen to cops up north when they respond to large "snowball fights." Sometimes they get nailed and sometimes they join the fun. It's part of the profession.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Pat1978 Then she goes to change and get another radio. Stop crying.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DocRyder Eat a knife you mayonnaise participation trophy praising yokel. Don't you have a "War of Northern Aggression" cosplay to attend?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Bstn199 Kids break windows. Have them work it off or use your insurance. Also, stop crying.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@lauraaz Fabulous idea.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 No one's car was vandalized. Whites who think like you are a danger to society. You take a situation and ramp it up a notch. That exacerbates into eventually deadly encounters.

DocRyder
DocRyder

Now, now, HCD, you're spewing spittle along with your childish invective... I suspect we'll have an opportunity to rewind that "War of Northern Aggression" before all that much longer, given the way Leftist schizophrenic persons, much like yourself, have been acting. Won't that be fun...?

DocRyder
DocRyder

Sooooo... you were there? you personally can verify there was no property damage, no assault on an officer and other citizens, no obstructing traffic and no unnecessary waste of public resources? If so, you are a liar and just as feral and antisocial as these morons .

DocRyder
DocRyder

She did all that until she was shoved by a runner. That is assault on a police officer and that was who she was chasing. After she fell, the crowd continued the assault on her, rendering her equipment inoperative and out of communications in th3 midst of a clearly anti LEO crowd of agitat morons.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@charlesjandecka - "“Specifically, we received at least one report of a windshield cracked and several people being unwittingly drenched as they drove or walked down the street,” he added." If you're a police officer you would know that a crime was committed, right? And then if you continued reading the article you should have noticed the part about the officer being shoved to the ground. Is that okay with you?

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

A firetruck full of OC Spray would solve this issue fast.

John.Brown
John.Brown

Welcome to the jungle!

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

@LEO0301 Don/t believe any officer was shoved to the ground. The female was shoved as someone ran by her, intentional or accidental is unknown and not on the video. Please just let me say that a neighborhood fun water fight was polluted by assholes who engaged in low level criminal acts AND should be prosecuted ... IF the victims so desire. As a retired cop who worked the streets for 31 years, up to and including my very last day, a Friday afternoon shift, I can clearly envision the fluid chaos experienced by cops and uninvolved citizens. Early in my career I learned to quickly & acutely evaluate the necessity to CHASE after dopes doing dumb things, preferring to maintain some sort of public dignity even if it meant they got away never to be seen again. AND I learned not to insert myself into prevailing chaos without other officers present, which is what led to the female cop being doused.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@charlesjandecka - So, as a cop you wouldn't chase after the bad guy in order to preserve your dignity, huh? Well, I did the job for 25 years and I can tell you with a degree of certainty that I would not have liked working with you. You should have chosen another occupation.

John.Brown
John.Brown

@charlesjandecka said: "AND I learned not to insert myself into prevailing chaos without other officers present, which is what led to the female cop being doused." Wow, wow, and wow. You wouldn't go to a group of people having a squirt gun fight to tell them to stay out of the road without a backup?

John.Brown
John.Brown

Further, it amazes me that you view your choice not to chase even petty criminals as maintaining public dignity! You did just the opposite. Citizens watching you not chase petty criminals is exactly what erodes the public trust.

QueuedLogic
QueuedLogic

Come onnnn guys, this cop simply didn't think this through. I would NEVER set foot in a crowd full of people armed with water balloons, water guns etc. Obviously they are going to target the person who can't defend themselves because they are an easy target. She could have been in any profession and would have received the same treatment. I grew up at a time when block parties and fire hydrants were a'thing' and it was common SENSE if you didn't want to get wet you don't go near the water.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@QueuedLogic - so you think it's okay to break car windows and push a police officer to the ground? If you're a police officer, and you are sent to a call, you don't have the luxury to say "no, not today". Defending those who are breaking the law is a liberal thing. Tell me, are you a democrat?

Pat1978
Pat1978

Interesting logic. I suppose you think of police as pinatas, provided for public entertainment. I think you probably just like seeing this lady being humiliated. What is interesting is that you would most likely not react the same way if she was not wearing a police uniform, which makes me doubt your capacity for reason.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

@LE0301"Dopes doing dumb things," as in low level misdemeanors is what you read. As for the capture of criminals, there is a stark difference between "chasing" and "pursing," the latter not tainted by excessive physical energy, twisted ankles, torn uniforms.lost equipment and spontaneous actions or words that will not pass muster under eventual review. Those that "get away" invariably are "caught" shortly thereafter or picked up on a warrant. As for "chasing" seriously dangerous criminals ... only an idiot would do that, the better option being the calculated pursuit, better called "a hunt." Glad you survived your tenure ... as for mine, respect for one another was palpable! Oh, and one more thing. I've been "hunting" since childhood. Also spent a year in a place called Heip Duc (Death) Valley (Nam) were I walked a lot of "point."

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Pat1978
Pat1978

@charlesjandecka Extremely valid points. I have seen officers and people in general fall prey to putting themselves in the middle of prevailing chaos.

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

Hey, be happy they were just shooting with water guns and not real guns like usual.

QueuedLogic
QueuedLogic

Sharpen your comprehension skills. No where did I say any of what you stated-- obviously criminal mischief is a different animal altogether and should be prosecuted accordingly. I'm speaking to the basic human nature of the situation here. What the officer went through was completely avoidable had she enacted even a shred of situational awareness. Many of the comments have already stated the obvious which is that they themselves would NOT have walked through the middle of a water fight and expect to stay dry. And they wouldn't have done it without having additional assistance because obviously there is strength in numbers. I don't know what kind of training this officer received but she is going to have a very hard career if this is how she intends to engage and subdue people, just because she is wearing a uniform doesn't mean people are automatically going to cease their activity and respect her role as civil servant.

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

Blatant disrespect for full color of the law.

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b1rd
b1rd

So much for better policing policies. She tried to be nice about it and was definitely mistreated.

Roninlion
Roninlion

It is common for certain neighborhoods to be given a pass for criminal behavior simply because we no longer expect those in that neighborhood to be capable of following even the most basic laws. The officer was shown no respect and her safety was put in jeopardy by the clowns running free in the neighborhood. She was a victim of a battery and her equipment being ruined rendering her incapable of communication with her department. All of these are criminal charges and not just some fun time in the neighborhood. Hindsight is always 20/20 which is why people like "Queueddlogic" are able to pontificate on how they would have handled this situation when in reality they wouldn't have the balls to respond to this in the first place.