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7. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 20, 2015, 00:18 NKD
 
Nobody seemed to care to do anything about swatting when it wasn't happening to fat chicks with bad dye jobs. Anyway, more "think of the women" legislation with no real teeth.

If you want to solve swatting, you have to address it from the police side. The swatters are very difficult to find, very often overseas, and very often minors. These three things make new laws and punishments pretty ineffective as a solution.

So we need to change how we respond to these types of calls. Let's be honest with ourselves, no legitimate active shooter/hostage/other SWAT-required type of call is going to come from a single untraceable VOIP call. You're going to get nailed by calls coming from legitimate local cell phones. By all means, get everyone ready to roll if you receive a call, but if more calls don't come and the phone number is suspicious or makes no sense, you stop them short of actually deploying and endangering lives.

"But what if this results in a legitimate emergency call getting ignored! You have to take every call seriously."

No. You don't. Haphazard deployment of SWAT teams is orders of magnitude more dangerous than exercising a little caution on that one in a million 911 call that makes claims that warrant a SWAT response. Sending adrenaline fueled dudes with automatic weapons and flashbangs into some unsuspecting citizens home is a recipe for disaster, and it's simply not acceptable.

Ultimately the police have to realize that if they can't catch swatters then the burden is on them to adjust their behavior in order to protect lives.

This comment was edited on Nov 20, 2015, 00:30.
 
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 19, 2015, 22:27 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 19, 2015, 12:08:
Agreed. Police forces everywhere need to be reigned in and leashed. In Canada they're virtual rogue agencies. They can pretty much do whatever they like without any fear of repercussion and they cost a fortune to boot. A lot of people aren't happy with the state of policing in this country and haven't been for a long time.

Yep, they're so rogue that every province has a investigative unit, and a police oversight board which you can apply to be a member of for 5 years.
 



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5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 19, 2015, 15:36 gravity
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 19, 2015, 12:08:
LittleMe wrote on Nov 19, 2015, 12:06:
The problem is with the police powers to do this in the first place with no good evidence. We live in a police state. These laws do not address the root problem.

Agreed. Police forces everywhere need to be reigned in and leashed. In Canada they're virtual rogue agencies. They can pretty much do whatever they like without any fear of repercussion and they cost a fortune to boot. A lot of people aren't happy with the state of policing in this country and haven't been for a long time.

Sorry, Cutter - Are you Canadian, or American?
 
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4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 19, 2015, 12:08 Cutter
 
LittleMe wrote on Nov 19, 2015, 12:06:
The problem is with the police powers to do this in the first place with no good evidence. We live in a police state. These laws do not address the root problem.

Agreed. Police forces everywhere need to be reigned in and leashed. In Canada they're virtual rogue agencies. They can pretty much do whatever they like without any fear of repercussion and they cost a fortune to boot. A lot of people aren't happy with the state of policing in this country and haven't been for a long time.
 
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3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 19, 2015, 12:06 LittleMe
 
The problem is with the police powers to do this in the first place with no good evidence. We live in a police state. These laws do not address the root problem.

 
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2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 19, 2015, 11:25 ZeroPike1
 
Yeah I support this. Getting Swatted in the US is no joke, Cops will smash your door down put a gun in your face and force you to the ground in your own home. Not to mention US cops tendency to break your stuff cause they do not have to care.

The person getting swatted probably has to pay for repairs too, I'm sure cops do not have to repay what they break during a swat action.

This is a horrible thing and the persons responsible needs to be fully punished. Yeah you can LuLz all the way to the bank to pay the fine too!
 
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1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 19, 2015, 11:08 Creston
 
Offenders will also be forced to "reimburse any party for expenses for an emergency response."

Hey, look, it's common sense. In a LAW!

So much lulz to be had when little kiddies get sent to jail for five years AND get hit with a $150000 bill for their little joke.
 
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