ATLANTA (WXIA) – A movement to end gun violence ended with police officers in Atlanta soaking wet — and it was all captured on cell phone video.
The #GunsDownWaterGunsUp movement stages water gun fights to bring communities together to stand against gun violence.
On Saturday, more than 500 people responded to the event in an Atlanta neighborhood.
Police were called to assist with traffic and crowd control and wound up getting sprayed in the process.
Atlanta Police commended the officers for their professionalism but noted that officers said the crowd was using other objects that could have possibly hurt authorities.
The department released a statement to prevent future hazards, saying in part:
Acts such as tying up traffic, damaging property and assaulting police officers and first responders are not acceptable.
Saturday’s event quickly grew beyond entertainment and became a safety hazard. We must ensure we take steps to ensure the safety of both our residents and our officers.
We cannot allow unwilling participants to be assaulted, no matter how harmless it may appear to those engaged in the game.