What began as a movement to end gun violence, ended with police officers in Atlanta being soaked with waters guns during a now-viral event that was caught on camera over the weekend.
Video shows hundreds of people with water guns drenching officers with water guns, while others filmed the chaotic scene on their cellphones.
The movement, called “Guns Down, Water Guns Up,” stages water gun fights to bring communities together to take a stand against gun violence.
Police were called to assist with traffic and crowd control after more than 500 people responded to the event in the Atlanta-area neighborhood.
“While we appreciate such efforts, acts such as tying up traffic, damaging property and assaulting police officers and first responders are not acceptable,” said Atlanta police in a statement.
Officials say Saturday’s event quickly grew beyond entertainment and became a safety hazard, and that they must take necessary steps to ensure the safety of both residents and officers.