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Wed Jan 3, 2018, 01:39 PM

'Swatting' suspect in deadly Kansas police shooting to appear in Los Angeles court

Source: LA Times

A Los Angeles man arrested on suspicion of making a 911 call to police in Wichita as part of a deadly “swatting” prank is expected to appear in a downtown court on Wednesday as authorities seek his extradition to Kansas.

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The digital security news website Krebs On Security captured some of the tweets reportedly written by the caller under the now-suspended Twitter handle @SWAuTistic. The tweets contain the address where Finch was shot and killed. The user also tweeted that they didn’t kill anyone because they didn’t fire a weapon.

The YouTube channel DramaAlert, which covers the gaming community, published a 10-minute interview with a man claiming to be the person who made the swatting call. The interview suggests that a dispute between two online gamers over a $1.50 wager led to the swatting call.

In the interview, the man claims that he had also called in bomb threats to the Federal Communications Commission and an events center in Dallas. He also said he did not feel entirely responsible for Finch’s death because he did not pull the trigger.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-swatting-suspect-20180103-story.html



Perhaps Trump is the President that we deserve. What is up with the swatter bragging about swatting, doing the swat on a dare, then claiming that it is not his fault because he did not pull the trigger and he is not a swat officer?

https://krebsonsecurity.com/

It appears that the dispute and subsequent taunting originated on Twitter. One of the parties to that dispute — allegedly using the Twitter handle “SWauTistic” — threatened to swat another user who goes by the nickname “7aLeNT“. @7aLeNT dared someone to swat him, but then tweeted an address that was not his own.

Swautistic responded by falsely reporting to the Kansas police a domestic dispute at the address 7aLenT posted, telling the authorities that one person had already been murdered there and that several family members were being held hostage.



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Not long after that, Swautistic was back on Twitter saying he could see on television that the police had fallen for his swatting attack. When it became apparent that a man had been killed as a result of the swatting, Swautistic tweeted that he didn’t get anyone killed because he didn’t pull the trigger (see image above).

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Reply 'Swatting' suspect in deadly Kansas police shooting to appear in Los Angeles court (Original post)
TomCADem Jan 3 OP
AtheistCrusader Jan 3 #1
niyad Jan 3 #2
marble falls Jan 3 #4
Igel Jan 3 #7
LanternWaste Jan 3 #10
TomCADem Jan 3 #17
gopiscrap Jan 3 #3
tymorial Jan 3 #5
jmowreader Jan 3 #6
getagrip_already Jan 3 #9
LonePirate Jan 3 #8
SoCalMusicLover Jan 3 #11
moriah Jan 3 #12
SoCalMusicLover Jan 3 #14
Blue_Tires Jan 3 #13
Eugene Jan 3 #15
IronLionZion Jan 3 #16

Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 01:43 PM

1. Well, he's fucked.

Sucks though, having him dead to rights in the courts doesn't bring back the victim.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 01:46 PM

2. I wish they would stop using the word "prank", as though it were some light-hearted joke.

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Response to niyad (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 01:59 PM

4. Very good point.

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Response to niyad (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 02:21 PM

7. It was a prank.

Not all pranks end well.

Prank speaks to intent, not to outcome. It's a practical joke or mischievous act, and that's both the descriptive dictionary definition and what I've observed. In my experience, they're often not light-hearted. Some can be downright vicious. Mischief need not be light-hearted.

The first difficulty here is that the intended victim of the prank wasn't the actual victim. The fool who called in the address was a fool in part because he assumed that he was given the correct address.

The second is that it ended in an unintended death. It put the victim in a bad situation and put the cop in an only slightly less bad situation, both completely unnecessary and based upon a doubly false report. The fool didn't even know he was giving the police a false address when he screwed up the lives of at least half a dozen people because his personal humiliation and grievance was so awesomely important. The butthole seriously needs an attitude correction; it's too bad that it's after he accidentally set up a lethal encounter between total strangers, both to him and to each other.

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Response to Igel (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 02:27 PM

10. It was a prank. It was a joke. It was a bad idea. It was a crime.

It was a prank. It was a joke. It was a bad idea. It was a crime.

It was many things-- none of which deny the others... and defending the language which, by its colloquial usage trivializes the deed, may not be inaccurate.

Yet lacking any contrarianism agenda, one must admit (to themselves if not of good enough character to do so aloud) that more accurate, germane and contextually relevant language could be used in its stead.

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 06:43 PM

17. White House Says Trump Was Making A Joke When He Endorsed Police Brutality

It seems like violent jokes are in vogue these days.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-police-brutality-joke_us_597f9650e4b08e143004d709

President Donald Trump was just joking when he suggested police officers should let suspects’ heads bang against the doors of their police cars ― or so White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she believed on Monday.

Trump made the remark last week while speaking to law enforcement officers on Long Island, New York.

“When you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, and I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice,’” Trump explained. “Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over, like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody, don’t hit their head, I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?’”

This comment, Sanders claimed, was meant in jest. “I believe he was making a joke at the time,” she said.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 01:46 PM

3. hope they nail him,

that kind of shit has got to stop

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 02:05 PM

5. May he rot for life in prison.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 02:14 PM

6. Fuck the state courts in this case

He brags about having either swatted or bomb threated 100 schools and 10 homes. He brags about disrupting an FCC meeting in November...granted, the meeting was on killing net neutrality but you don't call in bomb threats no matter how bad you hate Trump. He also called in a bomb threat against a convention center in Dallas.

These crimes have an interstate character - he did all these things from California. This is what the federal courts are for, and he needs to spend the rest of his life in a federal penitentiary.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 02:27 PM

9. in this case...

It doesn't really matter. He won't have a very nice time in any state prison. He will be going in as a known snitch. The fact that they were fake 911 calls won't matter. Nobody is going to trust he won't try to pull the same crap in prison, where ratting someone out against the wrong group will get them killed.

He is a punk ass bitch. He is going to find out you can't hide in your mommies basement and ruin peoples lives. He won't like his new role as someone who has to live life in the face of those you fuck with.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 02:26 PM

8. The officer who pulled the trigger needs to appear in court as well.

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Response to LonePirate (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 02:39 PM

11. My Prediction - No Charges

Perhaps some paid time off though.

Cops don't have the same rules. It was just a mistake, they'll say.

The firing squad is already ready for the guy who called it in, but I'm guessing the cop will get a pass....perhaps they'll even demand an apology from the caller to the cop, because you know......cops.

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Response to SoCalMusicLover (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 03:44 PM

12. I prefer the fact you can hear the officer who fired cuss...

... like he didn't *want* to be seeing what he thought he saw happening, or do what he thought he had to do...

... compared to the video of the asshole playing Simon Says with the unarmed man at close range, telling him to crawl on knees with his legs crossed behind him and keep his hands up, to fall on his face rather than try to keep balance, and then shooting him anyway. It's reflex for a conscious person to try to break their fall.

Sadly since that guy got off, it's likely this officer will as well.

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Response to moriah (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 04:23 PM

14. The Other Case You Mention Was Fucking Pathetic

I cannot believe what they did to that man. He was doomed from the first second, never had a chance.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 04:13 PM

13. Call of Duty is cancer...

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 06:10 PM

15. California suspect accepts extradition in Kansas 'swatting' case

Source: Reuters

#U.S. JANUARY 3, 2018 / 4:11 PM / UPDATED 4 MINUTES AGO

California suspect accepts extradition in Kansas 'swatting' case

Suzannah Gonzales
2 MIN READ

(Reuters) - A California man suspected of making a hoax call that led police in Kansas to kill an unarmed man will not fight extradition to the Midwestern state, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Tyler Barriss, 25, has waived his right to an extradition hearing, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, Paul Eakins, said. Barriss remains in Los Angeles County jail without bail, prosecutors said.

Authorities suspect Barriss of “swatting,” in which a caller falsely reports an emergency requiring a police response, usually by special weapons and tactics, or SWAT, teams.

The 28-year-old victim Andrew Finch was fatally shot by a Wichita police officer after law enforcement officials rushed to his home following a phone call falsely reporting that hostages were being held there.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kansas-swatting/california-suspect-accepts-extradition-in-kansas-swatting-case-idUSKBN1ES1Y9

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 06:30 PM

16. They should make an example out of him to deter other idiots

really throw the book at him. This is dangerous, and it's a crime with legal consequences. The high profile nature of this story should make others think twice.

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