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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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.

No. 26-50
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...?