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Old 30-12-2017, 03:26 PM
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Default Swatting, the ultimate Yank prank.

What a seriously fucking stupid country, is everybody fucking stupid in the states?

Summoned by a Prank Call, Police in Wichita Kill a Man at His Front Door

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The call to the police sounded dire: a violent dispute at a house in Wichita, Kan., a person shot to death, an armed man holding hostages and threatening to burn the place down.

Officers raced to the scene and surrounded the house. A man emerged and the police commanded him to put his hands up. Moments later, an officer fired a deadly shot.

The whole encounter on Thursday night had been based on a hoax: There had been no shooting before the police arrived, no hostages, no threat of arson. Instead, it was a fatal incarnation of “swatting,” in which people report fake crimes in hopes of getting a SWAT team to raid a rival’s house.

“If the false police call had not been made, we would not have been there,” Deputy Chief Troy Livingston of the Wichita Police Department said at a news conference on Friday.

A 25-year-old man, Tyler Barriss, was arrested in connection with the hoax, Officer Mike Lopez, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, said late Friday. The Wichita police could not be reached for comment.



Hollywood ‘Swatting’ Hoax Strains Both Police and Stars APRIL 10, 2013
The victim was identified by family members in local news media reports as Andrew Finch, 28. His mother, Lisa Finch, told The Wichita Eagle that her son had heard movement outside and was shot by officers when he opened the door to investigate.


Chief Livingston placed the blame for the shooting squarely on “the irresponsible actions of a prankster,” but Ms. Finch said the police were culpable. “That cop murdered my son over a false report,” she said in an interview with The Eagle. She and other family members did not immediately respond to several messages from The New York Times on Friday.

Chief Livingston said that Mr. Finch, who was unarmed, had not followed commands to keep his arms raised, and that an officer had feared he was drawing a gun. Grainy body camera footage showed a person in a distant doorway, an officer ordering the person to walk toward the police, and a gunshot.

Swatting might be intended to be a scary nuisance, but it can have tragic fallout. In 2015, police officers in Maryland shot a man with rubber bullets after being called to a nonexistent hostage situation, causing broken bones and bruised lungs. That same year, a man in Oklahoma shot and wounded a police chief, thinking he was a burglar, after a swatting phone call.

But the swatting on Thursday was unusual for its fatal ending.

“This is probably the worst-case scenario for a police department,” said Chuck Wexler of the Police Executive Research Forum, which advises departments on best practices. “The consequences here are so tragic. It’s every police chief’s nightmare.”

Mr. Wexler said that many departments had been trained to identify potential swatting calls, but that “technology clearly is trying to trump good common sense here. What may sound like a legitimate call has to be questioned.”

The Kansas shooting had some of the common markers of a swatting prank, including that the emergency call initially went to the security desk of City Hall, not 911, suggesting that the caller was not local.

The police were investigating unconfirmed reports that the prank call stemmed from an online video-gaming dispute, which is how many swattings originate, and that Mr. Finch was not the prank’s intended target.Online players of Call of Duty and a news website called The Daily Haze posted screenshots and tweets on Friday that they said indicated the swatting arose from a petty argument during an online game. Several gamers expressed disgust about swatting and said they hoped the prankster was identified and arrested.

A spokeswoman for UMG, a video-gaming website that hosts competitive matches, including those for Call of Duty, said the company was “doing everything we can to assist the authorities in this matter.”

Detective Richard Wistocki of the Naperville, Ill., police said players sometimes worked in groups to terrorize an online rival and send the police to their home.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/29/u...imes&smtyp=cur
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Old 01-01-2018, 05:19 PM
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This lad has done the swatting before. He is a professional swatter.

But what charges can be brought on him? Hmmm?

None, that's what.
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Old 01-01-2018, 05:24 PM
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he won’t do it again
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Old 01-01-2018, 05:27 PM
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Swatting is a great bit of banter.
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Old 01-01-2018, 07:51 PM
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This lad has done the swatting before. He is a professional swatter.

But what charges can be brought on him? Hmmm?

None, that's what.
He can be charged with conspiracy.

I mean if i said that the postman was riding your wife every morning when you went to work and you bate up the milkman based on me saying this then i can be charged as well as you for the damage
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Old 02-01-2018, 04:23 PM
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He can be charged with conspiracy.

I mean if i said that the postman was riding your wife every morning when you went to work and you bate up the milkman based on me saying this then i can be charged as well as you for the damage
Immhoo ticcy all he can get done for is wasting police time.

Oh, and the milkman is not happy at all. He is coming for you brah. Id pay him off with a lash of emptys if I was you like.
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Old 02-01-2018, 05:57 PM
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Technically its murder or at least manslaughter, he would have been well aware that it could have led to someone being shot.
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Old 02-01-2018, 06:32 PM
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Technically its murder or at least manslaughter, he would have been well aware that it could have led to someone being shot.
Hows it murder? Hows it manslaughter? Are you saying he knew the police would shoot him?

That's a very serious accusation Ian.
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Old 02-01-2018, 06:35 PM
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Hows it murder? Hows it manslaughter? Are you saying he knew the police would shoot him?

That's a very serious accusation Ian.
Okay. How about negligent homicide?

Or was it all just a bit of banter?
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Old 02-01-2018, 06:36 PM
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Hows it murder? Hows it manslaughter? Are you saying he knew the police would shoot him?

That's a very serious accusation Ian.
He carried out an action which he knew had a strong possibility of resulting in someone being shot, especially with the knowledge of how trigger happy a lot of US cops are. Manslaughter at the very least.
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