Caught on Camera! Top Gamer SWATted Live [NSFW]

Talk about going viral . . . This video show a Littleton, Colorado SWAT team swooping down on The Creatures streaming collective founder Jordan “Kootra” Mathewson. It’s added 1m views since yesterday. According to kotaku.com, someone called the cops and Mr. Mathewson after “an anonymous tip from someone claiming to have killed several of their co-workers and planted bombs inside the building where Mathewson resided.” Nope. Didn’t happen. But you can’t be too careful, can you? Or too aggressive, verbally speaking. F-bomb aside, this video will do nothing for defenders of police militarization and much for those who argue that po-po needs to ditch the MRAPaphilia and take a chill pill. Then again, what if it had been true?

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Antis: Only Cops Should Have Guns

Sorry to harp on about this, but it’s important to understand that TTAG shines a bright light on police militarization, police negligent discharges and bad police shootings (including homicides) in part because doing so undermines the antis’ agenda. As you know, gun control advocates argue for civilian disarmament. But they do not for a moment suggest that the police should be disarmed. Nor, of course, do we. But the antis’ double standard – no guns for non-law-enforcement civilians, any gun goes for LEOs – reveals the antis’ underlying desire for a police state. How else would you describe that outcome? The fact that high-ranking police officers buy into this “only ones” POV is doubly scary to those of us who cherish our individual liberty. If our focus on police ballistic malfeasance makes us seem unduly harsh, so be it. Again. Still. [h/t DB]

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Chicago Police Commander Shoves Gun Into Suspect’s Mouth

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“It was unclear at what point Cmdr. Glenn Evans allegedly placed the barrel of his service weapon into the suspect’s mouth,” chicagotribune.com reports. Despite the Trib’s deployment of the word “allegedly” it seems pretty clear that’s exactly what Cmdr. Evans did. “DNA from the man was found on Evans’ gun, according to a State Police lab report.” That said, innocent until proven guilty! Despite the fact that “Evans is among 662 officers with 11 or more complaints during a five-year period in the 2000s, newly released police records show. He had 14 complaints between 2001 and 2006 and faced no discipline for any of them, the records show.” Evan’s boss, Supt. Garry “Guns Are the Problem” McCarthy, is a big Evans fan. In fact . . .

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Less Lethal = Less Survivable

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The Michael Brown shooting has, once again, provoked rampant and uninformed speculation about “less than lethal” alternatives to stopping attackers. “Why didn’t the officer use a Taser?” “Why didn’t they shoot him with beanbags or rubber bullets?” Some have even suggested that chemical sprays of various kinds are a viable alternative to deadly force. I’ve recently covered the fallacy of “shooting to wound.” It may be useful to expose the fallacy of these other “options” . . .

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Quote of the Day: The Second Amendment is an Individual Right Edition

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“We need to address issues such as over-criminalization, excessive and disproportionate sentencing, inadequate indigent defense that is inconsistent with the Sixth Amendment, and the militarization of police. We have deep respect for the moral dignity of each and every person and because of this, we’ve worked for decades to support those who defend the full range of individual rights.” – Koch Industries general counsel Mark Holden in Koch Brothers Take On Camo-Wearing Cops [at thedailybeast.com] [h/t Mike M.]

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Does the Audio Recording of Shots Fired by Officer Darren Wilson Tell Us Anything?

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CNN is reporting that a Ferguson resident happened to have recorded what he claims were the gunshots fired by Officer Darren Wilson at Michael Brown. Click on the image above to go to the CNN report to hear it for yourself. If authentic, it clearly indicates two groups of shots fired; an initial burst of six rounds, a pause, then four more. “‘I was very concerned about that pause … because it’s not just the number of gunshots, it’s how they’re fired,’ the (recordist’s) attorney, Lopa Blumenthal, told CNN’s Don Lemon. ‘And that has a huge relevance on how this case might finally end up.’” Really? . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Umbrella Lock-Down Edition

Cal State San Marcos SWAT take down umbrella wielding man (courtesy fox5sandiego.com)

 

Just what in Sam Hill is going on in the image above? OK, we know that cops were responding to a call of a man with a rifle at Cal State San Marcos. “Campus police said they located the man shortly after 9 a.m.,” fox5sandiego.com reports. “He was carrying an umbrella, not a weapon. But what up with all the rifle pointing? Especially as the man in question was a professor who called himself in. Strategically, this is nuts. [Make the jump for another angle.] If you have a choice, why take a guy in the open like that? And if you do, best get him our of there lickety-split. Just sayin’ . . .

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Quote of the Day: I Blame the Second Amendment for Police Militarization Edition

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“None of this means that police officers who use deadly force should get a pass. But it’s a reminder that chalking up such shootings simply to overly aggressive police doesn’t tell the whole story. America is the most heavily armed country in the developed world. Our toxic gun culture and permissive gun laws are crucial factors in the ongoing militarization of America’s police departments. But in a nation seemingly inured to the constant tragedy of senseless gun violence, that is barely part of the conversation.” - Michael A. Cohen, US gun culture has police arming to keep up [via bostonglobe.com] [h/t SS]

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BREAKING: Obama Orders Police Militarization Review

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“President Barack Obama has ordered a review of programs allowing for state and local enforcement to buy military equipment,” cnn.com reports, somehow forgetting to use the words “at no cost.” A “senior administration official” made the announcement today, in the wake of the President’s post-Ferguson promise for a bi-partisan look at the current military -> police transfer of armament. The White House will lead the review, under the auspices of the Domestic Policy Council. That’s the quango established by Executive Order in 1993, chaired by the Prez, comprised of . . .

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The Ferguson Shooting Case – What’s Next?

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Sometimes the wheels of justice grind slowly and sometimes they race around in circles like they’re competing for the Porsche Cup. In the Ferguson case, the latter seems to be the way it’s going. “Big Mike” Brown was shot and killed on August 9th. Jury selection started on the same day in every kitchen in America. The guy’s not even in the ground yet but the race to official judgment goes on, making haste rapidly . . .

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Rifle-Pointing Ferguson Cop Removed From Front Line [Video NSFW]

Sgt. Patrick Hayes wrote an article for TTAG criticizing the police response to demonstrators in Fergsuon, Missouri in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting. The above video was uploaded to YouTube last night. In it, a police officer wanders down the street, pointing his rifle at protesters. At about 30 seconds in, he points the carbine at multiple people and says, “I will f@cking kill you. Get back!” The person recording the video asks the officer for his name. “Go f@ck yourself,” he replies. “It looks like the officer has been removed from duty,” theconcourse.deadspin.com reports. “Today, the ACLU of Missouri sent a letter to the Missouri Highway Patrol calling for the cop to be removed, and now, the ACLU is reporting on Twitter that the deed is done.” Question: what was he doing out there in the crowd on his own, anyway?

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