LPD Chief: Saturday's viral videos display 'numerous people acti

LPD Chief: Saturday's viral videos display 'numerous people acting poorly and unruly' in East Lubbock

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Multiple videos of an East Lubbock block party went viral on multiple Twitter videos and Facebook, showing a confrontation involving Lubbock Police being ambushed by water guns.  

Nearly 75 Parkway neighborhood residents were out in the streets having what they say was an "innocent water fight." 

"No violence, we just wanted to do something for the community in a positive way," Donathon Miller said.

Miller grew up in Parkway, but no longer lives there. He did participate in the event. His friend Savon Harlan took the Snapchat videos that Miller then shared via Facebook. It now has millions of views.

This event was advertised for nearly two weeks and was dubbed "East Side Water Wars: The Purge."

"We were just playing with water balloons and water guns, you had older people out here and kids out here, just it was a fun thing at the moment, until you know law enforcement showed up," Miller said. 

In a statement, Lubbock Police Chief Greg Stevens says his department fielded at least 58 calls of people blocking the road and throwing water balloons at passing vehicles, including breaking at least one windshield.

Miller says it was hard for cars to pass through in the street. He said when police arrived the interactions were friendly at first.

"They actually told us that we were alright to have fun, just you know, make sure the traffic get through, makes sure cars are facing the right way, you know but they were pretty cool until they started wetting the police up," Miller said. 

One of the body cam videos shows a bucket full of water thrown at an officer, then the crowd starts shooting water guns at her continuously. She then runs towards a suspect and falls.

According to a police report, she was unable to call for backup because her radio was soaked. In Stevens's statement, he says another officer was able to call and the crowd eventually dispersed. 

In the body cam video, residents also soak that second officer.

Stevens says most of the residents involved were respectful to the officers and cooperated. He believes the actions of the few who didn't act lawfully does not represent the entire community.

Miller said the relationship between the neighborhood and law enforcement has always been peaceful, and hopes it continues to flourish. 

"I think we should have a better, because you there's no hatred, you know they're here to serve and protect, you know and we would never know if you just you know, never try to understand us besides, serving and protecting," Miller said. 

The mayor released a statement saying he fully supports the Lubbock Police Department and commends the officers who responded. He believes this is an isolated incident that doesn't represent the majority of our community.

Detectives are conducting a follow up investigation regarding the assault of officers and criminal mischief.

Full statements of Chief Greg Stevens and Mayor Dan Pope are below.


Original Story

After multiple videos of an East Lubbock block party went viral on multiple Twitter videos and Facebook, the Lubbock Police Department and Mayor Dan Pope have released statements regarding Saturday's incidents. Read Chief Greg Stevens statement below, followed by Mayor Pope's.

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