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´Swatted´ Bradenton live streamer
survives malicious prank

Bradenton Herald [FL], by Richard Dymond

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Posted By:Hazymac, 9/3/2014 11:13:56 AM

BRADENTON -- People from all over the world were watching Twitch.TV live streamer LaggySpork playing Minecraft at 6:45 a.m. Sunday when a dozen armed Bradenton Police Department officers stormed into his living room. Unknown to LaggySpork, the online moniker for Lakeside South resident Mike Dolen, a Bradenton computer whiz who makes extra money playing Minecraft and other video games for an online audience, someone called the police claiming her father had a machine gun, her mother had just been shot and she was hiding in a closet. Police traced the call to the Dolen´s home in the 3700 block of

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There´s been another "swatting." This time the victim wasn´t executed by the police inside his own home, but if this malicious foolishness keeps up, someone else will. Eric Erickson of Redstate and Patterico have both been swatted, probably by Speedway bomber Brett Kimberlin or one of his leftoid friends. Swatting is attempted murder. I hope law enforcement catches one of these pea-brains and throws away the jailhouse key.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bad-hair, 9/3/2014 11:39:15 AM     (No. 9991865)

There are actually people up at 6AM (or any other time of day actually) watching SOMEBODY ELSE play a video game ???

I seem to remember a movie called "The Matrix" from a long trans-Pacific flight ...



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Reply 2 - Posted by: MargaretM., 9/3/2014 11:52:01 AM     (No. 9991880)

This is more than an expensive prank. Swatting has been used against conservative bloggers. The instigators call the victim just when they estimate that police SWAT team arrives so that the person holding the phone answers the door holding a phone which looks like a gun. There is the danger that the homeowner will be shot. At best he/she will be thrown to the floor, handcufffed while the team runs through the house to determine that no one has been hurt or killed.

Doors are broken, children and spouses terrorized. It is a vicious and dangerous attack on a political enemy.

Also, if it becomes commonplace, then police response could possibly consider a real situation to be another hoax and not respond quickly -- maybe wasting time to try to verify the call.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: MargaretM., 9/3/2014 11:55:13 AM     (No. 9991884)

Here is a link to a story on this type of SWATTING:

http://www.freedomworks.org/content/swatting-against-conservative-bloggers-continues-unabated


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Reply 4 - Posted by: dvc, 9/3/2014 12:33:19 PM     (No. 9991945)

There needs to be consequences to the nasty thugs doing this, and serious ones like jail time.
Not a joke.

So the police 911 system needs to be tightened up a bit technologically, it would seem. Pretty lame tech if it is so easy to deceive.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: killerbee, 9/3/2014 12:34:54 PM     (No. 9991949)

My daughter showed me the video of this. He was on the air and he knew exactly what was happening before they busted into the room he was in. Apparently it´s not unknown among gamers.

And, yes, I recall when it was happening to conservative bloggers. Sickening.

The thing is that the swatters have a way of making it look like the call is coming from your house, so they can´t even be traced.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 9/3/2014 12:45:33 PM     (No. 9991979)

And yet some here are uninterested in accounts of how our local P.D.´s are morphing from "To Protect And Serve" to something more like the Stasi or NKVD or SturmAbteilung. Think it can not happen to you?
"But we meant well"! is no better an excuse for a PD than it is for any crack brained liberal scheme.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: texsupreme, 9/3/2014 12:57:04 PM     (No. 9992007)

#2, we are rapidly getting to the point that we are safer without the police responding.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mc squared, 9/3/2014 1:45:55 PM     (No. 9992085)

I view full time gamers with suspicion.

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