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Video: Inauguration drunk attacks fire truck, authenticity questioned

D.C. Fire spokesman says he has no record of the incident and questions the video's authenticity based on the production quality

By Arin Greenwood
The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — You might think that this video, showing what would appear to be a blazer-wearing drunk man pounding on and otherwise molesting a D.C. law enforcement SUV, then swearing at and demanding a job from people in an adjacent car, was staged.

"This video was certainly not staged though I do not blame any person for thinking so!" says Brian L. Johnson, the person responsible for DRUNKMAN In Traffic Takes On Fire & Rescue Squad.

Johnson is a senior at Howard University and also owns a multimedia production company. He tells The Huffington Post he was leaving his apartment for a photography gig on the Saturday before President Obama's second inauguration when he heard a man — the subject of his video, which is set to a suitably dramatic soundtrack — making noise outside.

Full story: Drunk man attacks fire truck on Inauguration weekend in D.C.

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Dave Snyder Dave Snyder Monday, January 28, 2013 11:37:04 AM listn I understand that you have to up hold an image but come on. the goof if in fact drunk is causeing a traffic problem and also almost being run over. my person opinion , if that was me in the chiefs car not the rescue squad! he wouldof been on the side of the road already waiting to the local pd to get there. lets get back to the no bullshit clause in the contract and take care of business with thses kinda people. they do not deserve respect. thank you
Charlie Hanson Charlie Hanson Monday, January 28, 2013 11:55:43 AM No way would any fire fighter or rescue tech let some drunk walk around in traffic
Emily Reyneke Emily Reyneke Monday, January 28, 2013 12:07:57 PM unfort, but the BC probably got his behind chewed a little for letting it go on so long and then have the video get posted on YT. A minor mistake IMHO. The dude sure was tanked.
Fred Crockett Fred Crockett Monday, January 28, 2013 12:08:00 PM Must have been A city Official. Since no one is saying it happend..
Linda Ghione Frey Linda Ghione Frey Monday, January 28, 2013 12:20:48 PM Tried to watch video. but would not download.
Fred Crockett Fred Crockett Monday, January 28, 2013 12:23:02 PM you dident miss much.. looked fake.. Ill get the you tube URL and post it on your fd page maybe that will work.
Sandi Wilcox Sandi Wilcox Monday, January 28, 2013 1:35:49 PM looked way fake to me...the guy was drunk I think not....just sayin....
Ben Manley Ben Manley Monday, January 28, 2013 6:47:11 PM Looks fake to me too. Why waste our time with this?
Mizzy Zdroj Mizzy Zdroj Tuesday, January 29, 2013 5:43:15 AM problematic civies... I'm with a rural department and believe me, we keep an eye on them at every scene. agitated drunks can pull some crazy stunts., but still must be protected, even from themselves, it is what we do, people... even if we want to kinda push them down lol.
Torch Onepercenter Torch Onepercenter Tuesday, January 29, 2013 7:45:10 AM PRETTY STUPID! It looks WAY too fake! BUT hey they got on this website & got us commenting on it!
Mark West Mark West Tuesday, January 29, 2013 10:34:41 AM Based on my 17 years in the service, IMHO this is a job for the PD not the FD. Remember the rules: if you need it shot, call a cop. When it's bleeding, call a medic. For everything else, call the fire department.
Jonny Mac Jonny Mac Tuesday, January 29, 2013 3:26:07 PM I applaud the poise the guys had to stay in their vehicle. I would have handled it a bit different.
Alex Garmon Alex Garmon Wednesday, January 30, 2013 7:43:55 PM Looks like every night at my job, there is a reason if we are driving around the bars we have our windows up and doors locked.
Holly Garner Holly Garner Monday, February 11, 2013 1:22:47 PM this is certainly not a fake. I was the driver of the first car he attacked and my passenger called 911. there were lots of people watching from the sidewalk and their cars since he stopped traffic. I left before F&R arrived but when I drove back through they were still there and he was doubt picked up by the cops. he never asked me for a job but he did push and yell at me.

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