'Free Squall': People Have Jokes After NYPD Shares Pic of What Looks Like Cosplay Accessory

The same police department with its own dance team is now barreling into headlines with apparent cosplay confiscations.

Decorative revolver with ornate engravings next to a matching knife on a desk near a law enforcement badge
Image via NYPD
Decorative revolver with ornate engravings next to a matching knife on a desk near a law enforcement badge

Rest easy, everyone. Thanks to prematurely proud police, there appears to be one less person on the streets armed with a cosplay sword-gun.

Over the weekend, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) shared a photo of the apparent cosplay accessory in question, telling the general public that their 90th Precinct had confiscated what they described as a "weapon [and] fake FBI shield" after receiving a call about "a man with a gun in Brooklyn."

NYPD tweet showing confiscated weapon and fake FBI badge; person with these items was apprehended

With a swift sense of unity we've come to expect in response to such things, the commentary on Twitter, a platform I still refuse to refer to as X, was decidedly hilarious. For example, several people pointed out that this sword-gun prop looks identical to one that can be purchased online for a reasonable amount of money.

Notably, the examples given pointed to props often utilized by cosplayers. The feverish piling-up of jokes also included multiple mentions of Squall Leonhart, a character from the Final Fantasy franchise.

Enjoy a sampling below.

FREE SQUALL https://t.co/1DWnopZNdx

— Craigory Smith, KXCN (@nihilist_bucks) March 3, 2024
Twitter: @nihilist_bucks

it doesnt even look real pic.twitter.com/OLaCnexe3Z

— FiNaL ReVeLaTiOn (@RevelationFinal) March 2, 2024
Twitter: @RevelationFinal

I have information that can lead to the arrest of an individual in possession of this bad boy... is there an award available?? pic.twitter.com/uqp8pltLuJ

— Axiomatic Enemy of the State (@DeTocqueville14) March 3, 2024
Twitter: @DeTocqueville14

Yall arrested a time traveling shogun warrior cowboy?

— Talia Jane ❤️‍🔥 (@taliaotg) March 3, 2024
Twitter: @taliaotg

Dude got arrested cosplaying steampunk FBI pic.twitter.com/yj7ZkVjacD

— Big Red Celt (@BigRedCeltTT) March 3, 2024
Twitter: @BigRedCeltTT

They got Van Helsing 😞 https://t.co/ErQtWZywjo

— MerchantPosting (@MerchantPoster) March 3, 2024
Twitter: @MerchantPoster

Are you fucking kidding me? https://t.co/qtHdJ5st52 pic.twitter.com/MLtwMs1zDs

— CT John Brown Gun Club (@ctjbgc) March 3, 2024
Twitter: @ctjbgc

“Weapon” https://t.co/gInwM9YiVp pic.twitter.com/C1ItCeQSIe

— P.B. Gomez (@NotoriousPBG) March 3, 2024
Twitter: @NotoriousPBG

This item—apparently fairly sharp as a sword but not a firearm—is available on Amazon for $44.99 https://t.co/8OWCmBh8q2 https://t.co/LxPYzi6HVx

— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) March 3, 2024
Twitter: @nycsouthpaw

Free my boy squall he did nothing wrong https://t.co/EN7ioDNfni pic.twitter.com/4VPZKCUgqf

— Reiko✝️ (@Hondachan69) March 2, 2024
Twitter: @Hondachan69

The man in question: https://t.co/tdcR9NOLgQ pic.twitter.com/te88V9ZGsE

— rhyme (@Rhymestyle) March 3, 2024
Twitter: @Rhymestyle

A lot of people are joking about this but please be careful: The suspect is a level 99 student from Balamb Garden https://t.co/gvCQr372b6

— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) March 3, 2024
Twitter: @MikeDrucker

just in case we needed more proof that the NYPD is incompetent, we now arrest cosplayers instead of the large variety of violent criminals https://t.co/wxXRF0wz2l

— atago ᗜˬᗜ 🔜 AnimeNYC (@Atago_Is_Here) March 4, 2024
Twitter: @Atago_Is_Here

It’s a cosplay toy you fuckin morons. Lol. Stupidest ppl alive, posting this idiocy and being proud of it. https://t.co/3BF9h8fHPF

— NUNEKIN KAMUI DEMARCO (@Clarknova1) March 3, 2024
Twitter: @Clarknova1

Did you let him keep his top hat and goggles? https://t.co/rVI4XpGkhO

— Vince Mancini (@VinceMancini) March 3, 2024
Twitter: @VinceMancini

When reached for comment by Complex on Monday, an NYPD spokesperson said that Wesley Williams, 40, was “placed into custody” on Feb. 29 with listed pending charges including criminal possession of a weapon and possession of a forged instrument. Per the rep, an investigation remains in progress.

But rest assured the department is taking all of its duties seriously, including those of its official dance team.

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