Pimp My SWAT Team
Jan 13, 2018: A man accused of initiating a “swatting” incident that resulted in the death of another man halfway across the country has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and interference with law enforcement.
He was also charged with making a false alarm, which is a felony.
On December 28, 2017, 25-year-old Tyler Barriss called police in Wichita, Kansas, falsely claiming he’d shot his father during an argument and was holding two other people hostage in a home there. Barriss, however, was in Los Angeles, and the home he sent the police to in Wichita was where 28-year-old Andrew Finch’s mother lived.
When Finch answered the door to see why the police had shown up he was shot dead by a cop on the SWAT team.
According to the Los Angeles Times, police have said they thought Finch was armed when he moved his hands toward his waistband and then motioned toward the officers.
But police always think people are armed after they shoot them dead. This is there most oft-used excuse. As long as they stick to it they will never be indicted or charged with a crime.
Barriss has been extradited to Kansas, and his bond has been set at $500,000.
A High-Stakes Prank
Swatting is a high-stakes prank where someone makes a false police report with the intention of luring law enforcement to the residence of a person who’s done something to anger them.
The goal is to get police officers and, particularly, a pimped-up SWAT team, to respond. At best, swatting leads to both law enforcement and intended victim scratching their heads; at worst, innocent people like Finch — who didn’t even play video games — die.
Police officers are not charged with a crime because they are doing their duty and usually say they are ‘in fear of their life’ after killing someone.
The Swatting game can end with heavily pimped-up armed police in your living room. Some celebrities have been swatting targets, including Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber, and Chris Brown.
Finch’s death also says something about the dangers of police violence.
And that this SWAT team was let out to play with big boy toys without adult supervision.
Police Gave No Warning
Lisa Finch, the victim’s mother, told a local news outlet soon after her son’s death that the police did not give him any warnings. And even if they had, how could anyone anticipate opening the front door and being met with multiple armed officers for no reason?
Police don’t think about this. As soon as they pimped-up into their SWAT outfits they smell blood and want to taste it. Anyone in their sights is fair game. That’s just the way it is.
They quit thinking for themselves and the herd mentality takes over. Time and time and time again.
Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett told the Los Angeles Times that Barriss’ preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for January 25 and that other “potential suspects” have been identified in the case. He also said prosecutors are reviewing the police officer’s decision to shoot Finch.
The officer, identified as a seven-year veteran of the department, was placed on leave after the shooting.
We will publish his name here as soon as we can get it.
And we all know nothing will happen to him.
He will not be indicted.
He will not be suspended without pay.
He will not be fired.
That’s just the way it is in a police state.
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