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(ABC7 Los Angeles)   Southern California deaf couple and their children "SWATted" by gun-wielding deputies after acquaintance sends hoax message over Skype... from Australia. No word on payback involving Dingos, Lord Humungus   ( abc7.com) divider line
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2014-07-19 04:27:19 PM  
3 votes:
Given that the couple are deaf I'm thankful they weren't shot because they didn't respond fast enough.

I agree with granolasteak on the older child being involved. They seemed too quick to try & deflect blame on to someone thousand of miles away.
2014-07-19 05:17:42 PM  
2 votes:
Not sure why the deafness is relevant, but I don't know if an armed response to a kidnapping report is actually that asinine.
2014-07-19 07:57:29 PM  
1 vote:

ArmednHammered: And since when is it proper procedure to storm a house in force without knowing anything at all about the situation? Farking over militarized blockhead retards.

Since Columbine. Not being saracastic at all. You convince the police there is an active shooter trying to murder someone and kidnap their kids, they're going to storm the house.
2014-07-19 07:09:43 PM  
1 vote:

Resident Muslim: Investigate? Find any justifiable evidence? Even anything suspicious?

Sounds like that's exactly what they did.
2014-07-19 07:08:58 PM  
1 vote:

mcmnky: There is no end to the sadness that in our world SWAT had become a verb.

Actually, swat started out as a verb, was turned into an acronym, and then turned back into a verb.
2014-07-19 06:42:27 PM  
1 vote:
Help me out here: what am I not seeing that makes the police "asinine" in this? I assumed Subby was talking about the AAustralian prankster, or the reporter's terrible grammar.

Police response seemed fine to me. Y'all sure you aren't being just a little kneejerk on this one?
2014-07-19 06:33:27 PM  
1 vote:

dajoro: Cops have become a menace.

How about "people that make fake calls with the intent of causing the police to respond in an emergent manner and think it's a joke" have become a menace?

How would you have expected the police to respond to this type of call? Just blow it off because it might be phony? Or maybe just knock on the door and ask politely "excuse me, are there people here holding someone at gunpoint? We'd like to speak to them."
2014-07-19 05:29:29 PM  
1 vote:
Picture of a deaf and blind kidnapped girl looks like
upload.wikimedia.orgView Full Size

and a picture of her Australian kidnapper

i.dailymail.co.ukView Full Size

Be on the lookout, anyone with information please call the FBI
2014-07-19 04:06:28 PM  
1 vote:

shanrick: An alleged woman called a sheriff's dispatcher

I thought that was an interesting choice of phraseology, too.  An ALLEGED woman!

/also, I am thinking the teenage kid who knew about the "joke" being planned had something to do with the whole shenanigan
2014-07-19 03:48:19 PM  
1 vote:
An alleged woman called a sheriff's dispatcher
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