A SWATing That The Cops Should Have Stopped

Definitely cops behaving stupidly. Sarasota couple terrified by police during ‘swatting’ incident.

While the 22 officers were enroute to the call the dispatcher TOLD THEM it was a possible SWATing. But that is not enough to stop a SWAT team. (It has probably been weeks, in Sarasota, since they got to conduct a full-on night-time raid. Do you think they were going to give up that opportunity? Honestly, I’m surprised they didn’t start the festivities with a flash-bang grenade or two.

No one from the Sarasota Police Department was willing to discuss this case.

According to an incident report the agency provided, 22 officers responded to the call, which was originally dispatched as a shooting.

“While enroute to the call, dispatch advised that the subject had his daughter and wife tied up and was threatening to harm himself,” one officer wrote in his report. “It was further advised by dispatch that the call was a possible ‘Swatting’ attempt.[My Empahsis: Z-Deb]

So after they point guns, cuff the couple and search the house, and find nothing, the cops don’t even say “sorry.” Because they aren’t sorry; probably the most fun SWAT in Sarasota has had in a month.

Another SWATting

Cops are getting a little bit smarter on the subject. Victim of Greenfield ‘swatting’ incident recalls scary experience.

Greenfield Police Deputy Chief Matt Holland said they figured it out in this case when they “started researching the phone number and found oddities with it.”

He said it pinged back to Florida. But they still had to secure the scene and make sure no one was in danger inside the house and that meant tracking down the homeowner’s phone records.

At least they didn’t burst in, guns blazing. So there’s that.

The War on (Some) Drugs™ Claims 2 Innocent Lives

And another lying cop, who has more than 1000 cases being reviewed, is behind the mess. ‘No One Will Hurt You,’ a SWAT Officer Promised an Hour After Houston Cops Killed a Couple Falsely Accused of Selling Heroin.

Oh, and the whole SWAT team seemed to have realized it was a “mistake” because they seem to have gone to tremendous lengths to spin things.

The 2 “suspects” (innocent people who were killed in their own home doing nothing) were reported “down, at about 5PM. They were declared dead at 5:15. At 6:09, some cop starts a “negotiation” over a bullhorn, because that would be good theater. Too bad everyone who isn’t a cop (and their dog) were dead by then.

The lie that lead to the death of 2 people…

Among other things, Doyle wants to ask Follis and Todd about the “supervision and monitoring” of warrant applications and the use of confidential informants. Those are crucial issues in this case, since the raid that killed Tuttle and Nicholas seems to have been based on a “controlled buy” of “black-tar heroin” that never happened, carried out by a C.I. who does not exist.

And the lying liar who put the whole thing in motion?

Goines had a history of questionable testimony and affidavits. In February, KHOU, the CBS station in Houston, looked at 109 cases in which he was involved. “In every one of those cases in which he claimed confidential informants observed guns inside,” it reported, “no weapons were ever recovered, according to evidence logs Goines filed with the court.” In the Harding Street case, Goines likewise said his C.I. had seen a gun, a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, that was never found. The district attorney’s office has dismissed a bunch of pending cases that Goines handled and is reviewing 1,400 more, along with 800 cases involving Officer Steven Bryant, whom Goines cited in his affidavit as verifying that the “brown powder substance” supposedly purchased from Tuttle was black-tar heroin.

So his lie, set a SWAT team in motion that resulted in the death of 2 innocent people. How is this different (aside from him being a cop) to the SWATting case that was in the news awhile back that was a disagreement between 2 gamers? I don’t expect this guy to be charged with murder, or manslaughter, or conspiracy or even jaywalking, because he is a cop. I’m not sure they will fire him. (If the do, the union will appeal.) Because nothing is more important the The War on (Some) Drugs™ and getting enough arrests.

What’s The Worst Part of a SWATing Call?

Danger to the public? Not by half. Swatting call takes time, manpower.

Forget about the fact that someone might get shot, since that someone is most likely to be the homeowner, and not a cop.

So did they do anything to try and contact the homeowner aside from assembling an army with the goal (mostly) of shooting a bad-guy? A bad-guy who didn’t even exist.

“We are fortunate we don’t have many instances of it in Georgetown,” said Robert Swanigan, Georgetown Police assistant chief. “While nothing may actually happen, it is a strain on resources because it is the type of reports that require a significant response. And it’s not just police. We usually have ambulances and other personnel on the scene.”

If you have a reason to assemble that army, do you think one person might approach a judge to see if a warrant might be available to get a phone number? Or is the only way cops know how to communicate over the sights of an AR-15? Suppose they were coming to my house; if they checked with the 3 largest cellphone providers in America, they would find a cellphone that I pay for, so maybe they could send me text, since I don’t usually answer calls from people who are not in my contacts list. But it seems like they are too busy getting medical support lined up and climbing into their superhero costumes. Or their tactical gear, whichever.

I get that cops have a dangerous job. They should have been told that on day one when they went to whatever police academy they attended. (And they should probably sign a document that they know the job is dangerous every January 1st) That doesn’t mean that they should get to have open-season on homeowners, whenever some anonymous call comes in.

Now no one died in this incident. Except maybe a little more of the respect I once had for cops.

At Least They Didn’t Kill Anyone This Time

Cops have got to understand the reality of today’s world. False 911 call triggers large police response to Orlando neighborhood.

It took them 2 hours to figure out they’d been played. And they put an 82-year-old man in handcuffs in the meantime.

Officers and SWAT team members swarmed the home for two hours Monday afternoon, only to find out the phone call was a false alarm.

Two hours? Can someone explain to me why this should take more than half an hour?

Neighbors Were Shocked – By a Swatting Call

At least no one was shot by police. SFPD investigating possible ‘swatting’ incident involving tech leader.

A “Facebook cybersecurity executive” was targeted.

“The male caller stated that he had just shot his wife in their home, he had the kids tied up, there were pipe bombs everywhere, and if police responded that he would harm the police if they came to help,” said Janine De La Vega, Public Affairs Manager Palo Alto Police Department.

Not a prank, as the death last year proves.

Neighbors?

Neighbors were surprised to learn of the incident.

“Horrible, definitely. I’ve been living here for six years it’s always been really, really quiet. So I’m surprised to hear that for sure,” said Manuela Zavattaro, neighbor.

Swatting is a crime. And if you can read this, then you live in The Real World™ where crime can and all to often, does happen.

Another case of SWATting. Another Clueless Police Department.

You would think that by now cops in every part of the country would be aware of the fact that fake 911 calls are a thing. Northwestern incident points to spread of “swatting” | abc7chicago.com

So the latest incident took place on the campus of Northwestern University.

“Not to the best of my recollection have we dealt with a hoax of this level before,” Evanston Police Commander Ryan Glew said following Wednesday’s incident on Chicago’s North Shore.

If police departments are not going to adjust to the new reality of fake 911 calls, until after each department has dealt with at least 1 such call, then a lot of innocent people are going to be killed by cops “afraid for their lives” while dressed in full SWAT gear, and hiding behind a vehicle. (As is pretty much what happened in the recent death in Kansas.)

Here’s a clue Evanston (several, in fact): Northwestern is a university. A lot of university students play video games. A lot of fake 911 calls originate as disputes over gaming. Can you add 2 and 2? Can you connect some dots? Or are you just fucking brain-dead?

SWATting Claims a Life

There is plenty of blame to go around, but most of it goes to the person who made the false call. ‘Call of Duty’ Swatting Prank Led Police to Shoot and Kill A Man, Gamers Say.

The Call of Duty gaming community is blaming a so-called swatting prank on the death of a man shot by Kansas police Thursday night.

The online gamers allege that two Call of Duty players were fighting online when one decided to report a fake hostage and homicide situation to police with a false address. Wichita police arrived at the address and shot a man, Andrew Finch, as he was leaving the house.

Swatting is nothing new. Make a false call to police, implicate someone you don’t like. And unfortunately, the authorities – starting with the FBI – don’t take swatting seriously.

I never described how slipshod the investigation was, but the FBI investigators clearly did not care about my case. They waited seven months to subpoena the phone records. They failed to subpoena records of other calls made by the SWATter until those records had been purged. Whenever I called them about the case, I got the distinct sense that I was regarded as a pain in the rear.

I got frustrated with them and finally told the agent in charge of the case that they needed to work harder on these cases. I said that SWATting was very dangerous. That one day, eventually, it would end up killing someone.

And then there are the SWAT team members who are just too damn eager to shoot bad guys.

Police arrived on the scene prepared for a hostage situation Thursday night.

“A male came to the front door,” Livingston said. “As he came to the front door, one of our officers discharged his weapon.”

No one was threatened – the guy was unarmed – but they arrived read for a fight. Ready to be heros and “take down the bad guy.” Too bad the bad guy was very far away. So they shot an innocent man for no good reason.

Cops need to be aware of the fact that this is a thing. That they may be being played. And they need to hang the idiot who made the call out to dry.