SWAT team throws flashbangs, raids wrong home due to open WiFi network

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Kpro
7/1/12 4:45:20AM
The long-standing, heavily documented militarization of even small-town American police forces was always going to create problems when it met anonymous Internet threats. And so it has, again—this time in Evansville, Indiana, where officers acted on some Topix postings threatening violence against local police. They then sent an entire SWAT unit to execute a search warrant on a local house, one in which the front door was open and an 18-year old woman sat inside watching TV.

The cops brought along TV cameras, inviting a local reporter to film the glorious operation. In the resulting video, you can watch the SWAT team, decked out in black bulletproof vests and helmets and carrying window and door smashers, creep slowly up to the house. At some point, they apparently "knock" and announce their presence—though not with the goal of getting anyone to come to the door. As the local police chief admitted later to the Evansville Courier & Press, the process is really just “designed to distract." (SWAT does not need to wait for a response.)

Officers break the screen door and a window, tossing a flashbang into the house—which you can see explode in the video. A second flashbang gets tossed in for good measure a moment later. SWAT enters the house.

On the news that night, the reporter ends his piece by talking about how this is "an investigation that hits home for many of these brave officers."

But the family in the home was released without any charges as police realized their mistake. Turns out the home had an open WiFi router, and the threats had been made by someone outside the house. Whoops.

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jakewalters
7/1/12 4:59:22AM
Atrocious shit. Expect to see more and more of this in the future though.
Adrenaline
7/1/12 5:17:10AM
I usually get really heated in threads of this topic because nobody ever tries to see it from the other side and its obvious that some people look for any reason to dislike the police. So, learning from my past mistakes I am going the opposite route, I am going to troll.

1: They only used 2 flash bangs? Those fuckers are fun, they should have used at least half a dozen and aimed for the fine china.

2. The woman watching TV has no right to complain, if she was in the kitchen making sandwiches it wouldn't have even bothered her.


3: They deserved to have their screen door broke, AC isn't cheap, were they trying to cool the whole damn neighborhood?? Were in a recession people, lets be a little more energy savvy ok?





pmoney
7/1/12 8:42:43AM
So whoever was leaching the wi-fi made the threat? Makes sense. Usually the people in this country who are taking advantage of other people's hard work are the most pissed off. Funny how that works.
ghandikush
7/1/12 11:12:55AM
So what youre saying is its cool because some poster on the internet said some shit about harming police?

Fuck the police, oh there I said it, now they can come raid me for no reason.
Kpro
7/1/12 11:41:47AM

Posted by ghandikush

Fuck the police, oh there I said it, now they can come raid me for no reason.



Maybe it really was the 18 year old girl that posted the threats. Honestly, it sounds like something one who was mad at the world would say.

Kind of reminds me of a conversation I had with CC..
scoozna
7/1/12 12:08:08PM

Posted by Adrenaline

2. The woman watching TV has no right to complain, if she was in the kitchen making sandwiches it wouldn't have even bothered her.




That made me laugh...


While the open WiFi issue has caused many problems over the last five years—especially in child porn cases—the FBI is becoming more savvy about how it executes search warrants.

haha...not in this case.
BuffaloDave
7/1/12 12:09:01PM
Something similar happened in Buffalo last year. No flashbangs were used, but someone got their house raided by the feds, because they thought he was into child porn, turns out he left his internet unlocked, and it was someone nearby.

Moral of the story keep your internet locked.
ghandikush
7/1/12 1:06:57PM
Posting child port was an issue that was warrent-worthy I thought, not viewing.

I thought the focus was taking down all poster propagators of child porn?
FlashyG
7/1/12 1:17:43PM
moral of the story - Protect your WI-FI
cowcatcher
7/1/12 3:46:35PM

Posted by Kpro


Posted by ghandikush

Fuck the police, oh there I said it, now they can come raid me for no reason.



Maybe it really was the 18 year old girl that posted the threats. Honestly, it sounds like something one who was mad at the world would say.

Kind of reminds me of a conversation I had with CC..



I do believe I remember this conversation, and I think I have a lead on who the real suspect might be.
prophecy033
7/1/12 4:02:05PM
Nice to know they dide there due diligence on finding out exactly where it was coming from. That girl is gonna get paid $$$$$$$$$$
backalley101
7/2/12 6:14:26PM
She will get some money