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Old 02 January 2018, 05:27 PM
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Default Police Kill 28-Year-Old After 'Swatting' Call

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A 28-year-old man was shot and killed by a Wichita police officer after a reported hostage situation call last night. At a press conference this afternoon, Wichita police said it was a false call meant to draw SWAT officers to the scene, an act known as “swatting.” It appears to have been linked to an argument over Call of Duty, although police have not confirmed that.
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Old 02 January 2018, 05:33 PM
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The comments from the guy who apparently made the call make me want to slap him repeatedly.
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Old 02 January 2018, 06:19 PM
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Everyone involved in that call should be charged, and police procedure needs to be overhauled to make Swatting impossible.
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Old 02 January 2018, 06:22 PM
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This is a start: LAPD arrested a 25-year-old suspect in Wichita "swatting" case.

That article doesn't include the infuriating quotes, or even the guy's name.
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Old 02 January 2018, 08:23 PM
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Everyone involved in that call should be charged, and police procedure needs to be overhauled to make Swatting impossible.
What do you think should be done that would make swatting impossible?
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Old 02 January 2018, 08:29 PM
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We can't really expect the cops to call back and confirm the situation.
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Old 02 January 2018, 08:36 PM
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One method that could make it less likely that violence would result would be a cross-reference of the originating caller's location. If the cell tower that is taking the call or the IP routing or land-line switching station is not near the location being reported, that information could be added to the report to police. All of that can probably be spoofed of course, but doing so requires additional levels of knowledge that might be beyond some swatters.
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Old 02 January 2018, 08:33 PM
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While making swatting impossible might be a dream a good first start to eliminating innocent people being killed by the police is to not open fire on unarmed individuals whose only crime was opening their door.
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Old 02 January 2018, 09:34 PM
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What do you think should be done that would make swatting impossible?
Well, maybe changing SWAT procedures so they don't get rolled out ready to shoot on the word of a single called-in tip that isn't even from the same state might be a good start.
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Old 03 January 2018, 12:02 AM
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I can definitely agree that it shouldn't be so easy to 'swat' someone, even to the degree of just causing them trouble, rather than getting them killed. At the same time, when police hear that lives are in immediate danger, they have to react quickly. The first time that someone winds up getting killed or injured because police didn't react quickly enough while they were "fact-checking" the call, you get hit with the other side of the argument.

One thing I might suggest is to make enforcement of laws against false reporting more vigorous and penalties serious. Even if this call had ended with no physical harm to anyone, I think the perpetrators should be charged -- false reporting, reckless endangerment, and perhaps slapped with the financial liability for the cost of responding to the call. When it does result in loss of life, I think that at least a manslaughter or negligent homicide charge is appropriate. And when it's an interstate call, why not make it a federal crime?
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