Purporting to show unnecessary police force, the images have streamed around the world and back.
A video appears to show a white New Rochelle police officer shouting, “Don’t f*****g move, guys!” at a group of young black men.
Or did someone send a cellphone clip to a local blog Talk of the Sound, knowing it would make police look bad?
Police say it was just a piece of “clever mischief.”
“There was no snowball fight,” New Rochelle Deputy Police Commissioner Anthony Murphy told the New York Daily News.
He said police were responding to a 911 call around 4 p.m. Friday that a teenager standing in a group of six near the Heritage Houses had pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at another person.
“We dispatched several cars to the area. Police officers got out of their cars and one of the individuals bent down, adjusted something in his waistband and ran,” Murphy said.
As one officer took off after the suspect, another remained with the five teens who did not run, Murphy said.
Two teens can be seen in the video kneeling with their hands in the air. The officer frisks both of them before ordering them to stand up.
“The group was compliant,” Murphy said. “(At the same time) the other cop is in foot pursuit of the suspect that had the gun. The suspect runs into an apartment house and into an unknown apartment.”
Police did not catch the suspect.