To me, the fact that some nerd got arrested by a SWAT team on a live stream isn’t the weirdest part about this story. The weirdest part about this story is that there are actually “gaming channels” where people pay money to watch livestreams of other people play video games. What the hell has this world come to?
Here’s the description of the incident via the uploader -
A live streaming of a video game by a popular online group was interrupted in spectacular fashion when ‘kootra’, a member of the Creatures gaming channel, is arrested by SWAT in his office room.
The gamers group in the video are part of The Creatures, a group based in Littleton Colorado, that publishes videos to YouTube and Twitch, and since the broadcast was in progress during the raid, their entire arrest ended up on the livestream.
But what the hell could this harmless gamer have done to earn the wrath of the local SWAT team? Apparently this is nothing more than a prank known as “swatting,” which has got to be one of the most messed up things I’ve ever heard.
According to Wikipedia -
Swatting is the tricking of any emergency service (via such as a 9-1-1 dispatcher) into dispatching an emergency response based on the false report of an on-going critical incident. Episodes range from large to small, from the deployment of bomb squads, SWAT units and other police units and the concurrent evacuations of schools and businesses to a single fabricated police report meant to discredit an individual as a prank or personal vendetta.
Oh man, I hate people so much. I can’t think of a more messed up prank, not only because of what it does to the person being pranked, but because deploying SWAT teams costs money (tax dollars) and man power that could be used elsewhere to do some actual good. Not only that, but nearby schools and businesses are then put on lockdown, likely scaring the shit out of people and costing a lot of money due to business closures.
If you’ve ever “swatted” someone, I think your next prank should be the Jump Off A Bridge Prank, whereby you go jump off a bridge and nobody misses you.
How ’bout the intensity of these cops though? Yelling the f word and jamming machine guns down dude’s throat. I guess when you’re in the SWAT team you never know what you could be walking into, but as soon as they busted in the door and saw some loser recording his gaming session, I would’ve yelled to the crew, “It’s okay guys, it’s just a nerd! Back down!”
I want more like this!
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