An online gamer’s video shows the moment armed officers burst into an office in Littleton Wednesday afternoon to investigate a report of an “active shooter.” The report proved to be false, but the investigation caused nearby schools to enact security procedures and businesses to be evacuated.
Officers were searching the office buildings at West Mineral Avenue and Broadway after a report of an active shooter was phoned in but found no evidence of a shooting. They now suspect this was a false report and are searching for the person who used a landline phone to call in the hoax.
"The caller claimed to have shot two co-workers, held others hostage, and threatened to shoot them. He stated that if the officers entered he would shoot them as well," the Littleton Police Department said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
"There were no victims or any evidence that a shooting had taken place," police said. "If the investigation determines that today’s incident was a hoax, those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
7NEWS sources say Littleton police did bring someone in for questioning in connection to the incident, but that person was released, pending a further investigation.
Apparently this is called “swatting” and its an actual prank people do. Much like those white people who film themselves telling disparaging jokes in front of minorities, I have no sympathy for people who deliberately look for trouble.
It is funny to me, though, that “swatting” is even possible—that police agencies are so eager to throw resources and weapons at every gust of wind.
I’ve already explained my opposition to extreme militarization of our police force, but this was too good not to share.
James Corbett of The CorbettReport.com says it looks like we are headed towards global war. Corbett says,
“It is only a matter of what shape and what form that war will take place. We are seeing the battle lines being drawn… . I think this is very much going to be an economic conflict, or at least one that is fundamentally centered on economics… . They are constructing an alternative system, and we are truly moving out of the unipolar world, U.S. hegemony towards a multipolar world. There is no doubt that is taking place right now, and there is no doubt that can’t happen without some conflict happening. That conflict is on the way.”
the Monsanto Protection Act, makes it illegal for you to study their patented crops
T.J. Guerrero, a 12-year-old sells strawberry lemonade and cookies on the corner of Patricia Avenue and San Salvador Drive in Dunedin, Florida, from 3 to 7 p.m. on most days. He scoped out the corner after trying several other locations—market research is important for any entrepreneur—and got permission from a neighbor to sell on his front lawn. Other neighbors have even offered their driveways for customer parking. He sees from 10 to 30 customers a day, and charges $1 a cup.
But none of this diligence impresses 61-year-old Doug Wilkey, who lives on the corner and thinks the boy is a nuisance worthy of government intervention. The Tampa Bay Times reports:
According to Dunedin records, Wilkey contacted city commissioners in May 2013 and followed up in October, then again in March and June this year….
"The city could possibly face repercussion in the event someone became ill from spoiled/contaminated food or drink sales," Wilkey wrote in one email.
"If this were a once a year event by a couple kids to earn a little money for a holiday or something, I would not have a problem with it," he said in another. "I am very worried about the value of my home, which is why I built in a residential area, not a business area."
An increasingly frustrated Wilkey, who declined to speak with the Tampa Bay Times, wrote this summer that the stand was back “AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!”
A Pinellas County sheriff’s community police officer has been out at least twice in an attempt to defuse the conflict.
Wilkey says Guerrero’s friends hang out near his stand and make noise. He has also complained about trash. I haven’t had the chance to hit up the stand and see for myself—though local Reason readers should go grab a glass—but those sure sound like complaints that would be better dealt with man-to-boy, rather than man-to-Leviathan-to-boy.
What a sad, pathetic excuse for a human being this 61 year old man is.
What a fucking statist prick
Michigan residents lost their “right to farm” this week. This is a new ruling by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development. Gail Philburn of the Michigan Sierra Club told Michigan Live, the new changes “effectively remove Right to Farm Act protection for many urban and suburban backyard farmers raising small numbers of animals.”…
So many things wrong with this
A Houston police officer handed another man a speeding ticket and probably didn’t realize that the offender he was citing was also a cop. What this ticket-receiving officer noticed on his paper slip though has led to a department-wide investigation.
“I immediately [knew] that something’s hinky with the ticket,” the man KHOU-TV only identified as Jerry said. “There was no other officer, he was the only officer there.”
The ticket, however, listed another officer as an additional witness.
KHOU launched an investigation into Jerry’s claims and uncovered an alleged “ticket-rigging scheme,” where cops listed on tickets who were not actually present at the time of the offense were cashing in on overtime when they appeared in court later.
The Houston Police Department is conducting its own internal investigation into the issue, putting three officers — Gregory Rosa, Robert Manzanales and John Garcia — on desk jobs during this time. …