David Hogg Just Got “SWATTED”. Here’s Why That’s So Messed Up.

by Joe Jarvis via The Daily Bell

I have avoided writing about David Hogg up to this point because I don’t find him particularly relevant. His stale arguments in favor of gun control are not novel or compelling. He uses bully tactics to force businesses and people to bend to the will of the anti-gun lobby.

But something just happened to David Hogg that is a bigger threat to Americans than mass shootings. He was “Swatted.” Someone called the SWAT team and falsely reported a hostage situation at the house David Hogg lives in with his parents and sister.

The LA Times reports in an article called ‘Swatting’ David Hogg Wasn’t a ‘Prank’, it was attempted murder:

Parkland, Fla., shooting survivor turned anti-gun activist David Hogg avoided another potentially deadly incident Tuesday — after police armed with assault rifles kicked down the door of his family home. Broward County sheriff’s officials were responding to a call that Hogg and his family had been taken hostage by an assailant armed with an AR-15.

That call turned out to be false.

Hogg, thankfully, was out of town when police arrived at his doorstep en masse — prepared for a shootout with an armed menace.

The teenager was gracious enough to write the incident off as “just a silly prank” — language that was echoed by local police and a number of prominent media outlets.

This was not a prank. A prank is ordering 10 pizzas to someone’s home who didn’t ask for them. Or asking if someone’s refrigerator is running.

If initial reporting about the incident proves accurate, this was attempted murder.

Isn’t that sad that calling the police to someone’s house is attempted murder? But it is true. The trigger happy standing army of militarized police terrorize America daily–whether they intend to or not.

The Rise of No-Knock SWAT Raids

In December, a 28 year old man named Andrew Finch was shot and killed by a police sniper when he answered the door after a SWAT team surrounded his house. The police will not say who fired the fatal shot, but whoever it was will not be punished. They claim that the man made a sudden move, or reached for his waistband–all the justification police need for murder in the land of the free. The man was a victim of a Swatting “prank,” even though the address given was the wrong address for the intended target.

Andrew Finch’s family has sued the city alleging that the officers used excessive force and were inadequately trained. A man has been arrested and charged with making the false emergency call, and involuntary manslaughter.

According to the book the book Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces, SWAT teams were originally justified on the basis that they would only be used in the most dangerous situations involving hostages, terrorists, and dangerous criminals.

But mission creep meant that SWAT teams were used ever more frequently for a broader range of activities as the years wore on.

The Wall Street Journal summarizes:

The number of raids conducted by SWAT-like police units has grown accordingly. In the 1970s, there were just a few hundred a year; by the early 1980s, there were some 3,000 a year. In 2005 (the last year for which Dr. Kraska collected data), there were approximately 50,000 raids.

Now 80% of no-knock SWAT raids are used to execute minor search warrants. Only 7% are used for the original purpose: hostage and barricade situations.

No-knock raids–when the police do not announce themselves, and instead break into a home with battering rams–routinely get both officers and civilians killed.

In a 2012 no-knock raid, police broke into the home of a veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Believing he was the victim of a home invasion, the veteran fought back wounding six officers, and killing one. The veteran was charged with murder, and killed himself in prison before the trial. His crime was having 16 small marijuana plants. But there was no evidence of selling weed, he was using the plants to self medicate.

Similar incidents occurred in Texas in 2013. Each raid led to the death of a police officer with the homeowners claiming they were unaware that those breaking-in were police. One of the men was indicted, and the other was not. Ironically, no evidence of any crime was found during the raid of the man who was indicted with murder.

But forgive me for having less sympathy for officers who knew what they signed up for, and participated without question in raids against innocent people, or people accused only of minor, victimless crimes. Even hiding behind a badge, you are responsible for your actions. Making a paycheck, or just following orders are not moral justifications for murder and destruction.

The ACLU reports:

Public support for the failed War on Drugs is at its lowest ever, and yet police are still using hyper-aggressive tactics and heavy artillery to fight it. This paramilitary approach to everyday policing brutalizes bystanders and ravages homes. We reviewed one case in which a young mother was shot and killed with her infant son in her arms. During another raid, a grandfather of 12 was killed while watching baseball in his pajamas. And we talked with a mother whose toddler was covered in burns, shot through with a hole that exposed his ribs, and placed into a medically induced coma after a flashbang grenade exploded in his crib. None of these people was the suspect. In many cases like these, officers did not find the suspect or any contraband in the home.

baby burned by stun grenade

An infant was left disfigured after police tossed a stun grenade through a window which landed in his crib. Police blamed the mother for placing the crib in the living room. No criminal evidence was found during the raid.

The Wall Street Journal adds that at least 50 civilians have been killed in recent years in raids for non-violent and victimless crimes.

In 2006, 38-year-old optometrist Sal Culosi was shot and killed by a Fairfax County, Va., SWAT officer. The investigation began when an undercover detective overheard Mr. Culosi wagering on college football games with some buddies at a bar. The department sent a SWAT team after Mr. Culosi, who had no prior criminal record or any history of violence. As the SWAT team descended, one officer fired a single bullet that pierced Mr. Culosi’s heart. The police say that the shot was an accident.

Other victims include:

Katherine Johnston, a 92-year-old woman killed by an Atlanta narcotics team acting on a bad tip from an informant in 2006; Alberto Sepulveda, an 11-year-old accidentally shot by a California SWAT officer during a 2000 drug raid; and Eurie Stamps, killed in a 2011 raid on his home in Framingham, Mass., when an officer says his gun mistakenly discharged. Mr. Stamps wasn’t a suspect in the investigation.

Judges almost always approve the warrants requested for no-knock SWAT raids. In one analysis, only 3% were denied. The justification police need is weak. Simply saying that the suspect might be armed is usually enough.

Police have even obtained warrants for no-knock raids on the justification that the homeowner legally owns firearms! And yet that is exactly when a no-knock raid will be most dangerous to everyone involved.

At least 1/3, and as high as 65% of drug raids turn up no evidence. Only 25% of no-knock drug raids find contraband.

In 2003, the commissioner of the NYPD estimated that, of the more than 450 no-knock raids the city conducted every month, 10 percent were wrong-door raids. That estimate came after a wrong-door raid resulted in the homeowner’s death: when police broke into the home of 57-year-old Alberta Spruill and threw in a flash-bang grenade, the shock gave her a fatal heart attack.

SWAT raids are used far in excess of the original purpose. SWAT raids are dangerous for both police officers and civilians. SWAT raids are ineffective even at their modified purpose–which includes enforcement of nonviolent and victimless crimes. And many raids target the wrong house, or are initiated as a prank.

What’s Deadlier, Mass Shootings or the Police?

Police kill around 1,000 people per year, although the exact number is unknown because police and government agencies refuse to keep track. In 2017, 68 of those killed by police were unarmed.

But just because someone is armed does not justify that the police shoot them. In July 2016, Philando Castile was legally carrying a firearm when a police officer shot and killed him. Castile was a passenger during a traffic stop. He told the officer he had a gun, and was reaching for his ID when the officer opened fire. The officer was charged with manslaughter, but aquitted.

One of the victims police killed in 2017 was Kameron Prescott, a 6 year old boy hit by a stray bullet. The woman police were trying to shoot was unarmed.

Another victim was Justine Damond who called police to report hearing a sexual assault. When she approached the police car to tell them more details, she was shot and killed.

15 year old Jordan Edwards was murdered by police for fleeing a busted party. The officer initially lied that the car was driving towards him to justify his actions. Body camera footage revealed that the officer shot at the car as it was driving away, killing Edwards, and then flipped them off.

Armando Garcia-Muro was killed by a cop’s stray bullet meant for a pitbull.

2017 was a particularly deadly year in the USA for mass shooting, mainly because of the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Massacre. But even according to inflated estimates by anti-gun sources, fewer than 600 people were killed in mass shootings in 2017. Many of the “mass shootings” this figure includes were “mass shootings” with only one victim. Some incidents were gang related and domestic disputes–tragedies for sure, but not what most people would consider a mass shooting.

For what most people would agree constitutes a mass shooting, the actual number for 2017 is closer to 100.

David Hogg is Focused on the Wrong Shooters

Why is it so easy to send a government murder squad to someone’s house? Why is the burden not on police to confirm the facts of the call, or attempt contact before firing away? Police have more tools and information available to them than ever, and yet they can’t seem to confirm the most basic facts surrounding the calls to which they respond.

When it comes to non-emergency situations, it is even worse. Ignoring all the problems with the policing of victimless crimes, police could arrest suspects when they are out in public, or search homes only after verifying that they are empty, or who is inside. But police are so desperate to get ahold of some evidence that they put lives at risk daily.

American Police constitute a standing army at war with the American people. Criminals I can protect myself against, unless Hogg gets his way. But regardless of how criminal police act, I am at their mercy. You cannot even defend yourself against a home invasion without risking murder charges if the invaders happen to be cops.

This highlights another danger of police raids–criminals can and do simply dress as police, or yell to the homeowners that they are police, and then have their way with their victims.

If you want to save lives, disarm police. They were the ones who failed to intervene while Hogg’s school got shot up. They, and the FBI, were the ones who swept the shooter’s previous crimes under the rug and failed to address tips regarding the threats made by the shooter.

The SWAT raid on David Hogg’s home was performed by the same Sheriff’s Department that failed to stop the shooting. And somehow Hogg feels comfortable writing it off as a silly prank.

Whatever your feelings on David Hogg’s politics, it is sickening to see this kind of state violence directed at an innocent person. And far too easy for any random citizen to target their enemies with this tactic.

The only reason this was even possible is because of the militarization of the police, and disrespect for individual rights.

Unfortunately Hogg’s promotion of gun control shares the same disrespect for individual rights.

And yet if the campaign to disarm the populace were to succeed, these same officers botching raids and abusing rights would be the only ones left to protect us. But all too often, police are the ones doing the victimizing.

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Comments

All Risk No Reward Anonymous_Bene… Wed, 06/06/2018 - 20:00 Permalink

The Hogg household is related to an FBI agent who is obviously tied in with law enforcement that is running the disinformation campaign on the school shooting. 

1. A teacher says she saw what looked like a police officer in full SWAT gear doing the shooting...  where's the gear?  Why wasn't the alleged shooter wearing it either before or after the shooting?

2. Two teachers say the shooter wore a mask.  How did this guy get identified?

3. One student claims she actually talked to the alleged shooter moments after shots rang out in another building (or part of the building).  How could the alleged shooter be in two places at once and in two outfits at once?

4. Hogg has claimed he was at the school during the shooting and he also claimed he had to jump on his bike to get to the school from his house after he heard about the shooting.  Liar, liar, police on fire for protecting him in his lies.

I could go on.

The point is, it is likely law enforcement is well aware of this guy and his family.

How hard would it be to stage this event for sympathy points to keep this Money Power Monopolist financed FBI agent child in the news and working tirelessly on the Money Power's agenda to systematically disarm ordinary Americans ahead of the debt-money bubble economic collapse?

If you don't know how the dElites work, investigate Operation Northwoods and Operation Gladio.

Or cower in solipsistic denial.

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Arctic Frost All Risk No Reward Thu, 06/07/2018 - 00:23 Permalink

 

Here’s your problem with your “staged event” theory: you could be absolutely right and it still doesn’t matter. You’re deluding yourself if you do not believe mass shootings happen at schools. Schools are soft targets and as long as they are they’re going to get shot up. What, you think crazy shits are too kind to kill kids? Don’t be as naive as you think I am. What gets me frustrated that you would comment like this on this article is because this article is a HELL of a lot more important than your tirade to put down Hogg. I don’t give a shit what you think about Hogg, Parkland, school shootings or gun control. I DO give a shit that you take this article seriously and understand you can have all your guns by your side and it’s not going to stop these swat guys from killing you.

 

The article doesn’t lie that the reasons these swat teams are being used is for common pick ups of warranted people. That means there’s tons of swat in every single police station. Mini armies are propagating right down the road from you. Swat showed up in my cup de sac, a high level neighborhood with beautiful homes and children that play on the street. They had a helicopter flying, an armored truck that looked like it belonged in Afghanistan and multiple men that looked like they were carrying machine guns. They approached my neighbor’s house he was renting out to people I didn’t know and bashed his door down with this massive metal thing and threw in a grenade of tear gas. Then they stepped back, and all focused their guns on the door as a third of them started to circle the house. 

 

Luckily some kids and a guy come out with their hands up and everyone relaxed. I go out into the street to ask the officers what did they do figuring they were major killer drug lords because they did have multiple cars that probably cost as much as a yearly salary. But that wasn’t the case, they were wanted for MONEY LAUNDERING!! A swat team for a white collar crime, are you shitting me?!? So the next time you litter be careful, you just might have swat show up at your house. 

 

They won’t be able to get our guns away from us, ever. BUT they can and do come right into your home and shoot you for minor infractions. Money laundering is not minor, but it IS white collar. Swat should NOT have been used! Sorry police, you have to risk your lives and some of you will die. That’s what you signed up for and you knew it. You have NO RIGHT to risk the lives of people who are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law!

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Archibald Buttle Arctic Frost Thu, 06/07/2018 - 02:47 Permalink

i agree that all this over the top "policing" is, well, something a sane society should be in an uproar about. but as long as some random oldster/child that hasn't done anything gets subjected to this treatment on a regular basis, i'm having a hard time feeling any pity for the white collar actual criminals. i hope to see it happen more often, preferrably in the workplace. where no neighbors will be put out by the spectacle.

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house biscuit Archibald Buttle Thu, 06/07/2018 - 05:12 Permalink

Smells like another hoax

First of all, Hogg boy is involved in another media incident, which alone is 3 red flags

But there's another thing

If you were being held hostage, would you expect SWAT to come barreling in or would you expect the police to surround the house & negotiate

For me, I'm picking the latter. And that is one more reason this does not make sense

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SoDamnMad All Risk No Reward Thu, 06/07/2018 - 00:56 Permalink

I have pictures from a site (since taken down) that show a younger David Hogg in graduation cap and gown next to his mother  at a Redondo school graduation ceremony. I have never heard the explanation on why he ren-entered high school after they moved to Florida.  Don't most kids go on to college after high school. Or was David taking high school graduate studies at Parkland.  Or something else....   Friends say these weren't photo-shopped given his is years yunger looking that pics from his Parkland fame. Anybody else know about these pics in Redondo, CA?

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1033eruth espirit Thu, 06/07/2018 - 08:50 Permalink

As long as the media continues to focus on him, there is no time limit to his "fame".  If the overlords want him to be the poster child for gun control, he will have fame.  Maybe that's what his ego feeds on.  He might get a high paying job later on by liberal politics for his "role" in helping to fan the flames of disarmament.

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CaptainMoonlight Wed, 06/06/2018 - 19:54 Permalink

Glad to hear he got swatted. Sad to hear he didn't get killed... slowly. 

 

You go against the second amendment and the Peoples' freedom,  you should wind up dead. Shall not be infringed, shall not be fucked with. 

jmack Wed, 06/06/2018 - 20:11 Permalink

cops are out of control, and the FBI, one agency that should be doing some oversight on this situation, is full of weasels.   

NonExistentFun… Wed, 06/06/2018 - 20:13 Permalink

I can't stand Hogg, i'd beat the mother fucker up myself if i had the chance. That said the point of the article is absolutely correct. These no-knock search warrants are really fucked up. Despite my hatred for Hogg, I'm sad that his family was subjected to this.

Zappalives Wed, 06/06/2018 - 20:16 Permalink

Boo fucking hoo.

This jackoff wanted attention and the "limelight".

Well...... kid welcome to the real world.

Take your lumps like everybody else.

As for the no knock assault  with the infant.

Heads should roll in that PD.

The city should try to get a quick settlement before the photos go viral.

DjangoCat NonExistentFun… Wed, 06/06/2018 - 21:42 Permalink

Swatting Hogg is probably a good thing, kudos to the perp.

Here you have a venal propped up anti gun activist being attacked by the very group setting him to the task.  The militarised police are the enforcement arm of ((them)).

Hogg is spouting ((their)) line.  Now ((their)) very killing arm almost killed Hogg.

The irony is too much.  Feel the pain, Hogg.  See the light, the rest of us.

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sleigher NonExistentFun… Wed, 06/06/2018 - 21:54 Permalink

Hogg deserves a good ol' fashioned ass whoopin'.  Maybe even his FBI dad for allowing him to be used in the way that he is.

 

His family doesn't deserve to die.  These fuck ass trigger happy cops want nothing more than to fire upon a target whom is not in immediate compliance with an order.  I am surprised there aren't more innocent deaths from SWAT teams, swatting or otherwise. 

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Justapleb Seasmoke Wed, 06/06/2018 - 23:42 Permalink

He sure was groomed for this.  

You have FBI and CNN teaming up with Establishment funding to produce a "shooting survivor" that was not even at the school.  That's confirmed, he was there in the morning: even did this recording during a drill, and then he went home.   The shooting happened while he was home.  He had to come back to the school to witness the aftermath.

His CNN, FBI, and anti-gun background is what made him a "survivor" for media purposes, not the fact he survived a shooting.   Because he didn't.

He was a nobody at the school.   He doesn't speak for the student body.   I looked through their school activities and clubs.   The logical people for media people to contact would be their own media - the student newspaper.   Or the class associations, the Senior class for example.  Why would you pick this kid:  who was not there, who did not represent students either in class governance or communications, who did not even have "street cred" at his own school let alone be vaulted into a national media superstar?

But he was in the Drama scene so again this is what makes him a great shill.   Look at what Bombard's Body Language said about him the first time she saw him speak.   This kid was already being groomed as a shill for the deep state and was perfect for their purposes.  No scruples, ie Machavalian, a narcissist, manipulative - Dark Triad personality.  

He has it all - unimpressive IQ and academic accomplishment, rejected at numerous colleges, but he's on airplanes and per diem during his entire 2016 - 2022 senior year. 

 

 

 

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