The nationwide 9-1-1 system is supposed to make it easy to call the local police and firefighters for help. Unfortunately,
it is too easy, and such a system is really suitable only for a moral and religious people, to paraphrase John
The misuse and abuse of 9-1-1 can take many forms; however, the focus here is on (1) people who think the 9-1-1 system is the
means to contact a magnanimous Big Brother who will solve everyday problems at no cost, and (2) people who use calls to
9-1-1 -- and the resulting paramilitary response by the local SWAT team -- as a weapon against their political enemies. This
practice is called "SWATting", and is a recent development made possible by technological "advances" that allow malicious spoofing
of cell phone systems to falsify a phone number and impersonate the victim. This kind of thing was unheard of back when every
telephone was a hard-wired landline phone.
The subject of heavy-handed shock-and-awe police raids is discussed
The concept of 9-1-1 as the universal phone number for emergencies goes back to 1968. I had never heard of 9-1-1 until
the mid-1970's, and the 9-1-1 system in Dallas wasn't in place before 1982, as nearly as I can remember, but
the history of 9-1-1 is another subject altogether.
flag laws' just legitimize 'swatting'. Perhaps you've heard of the "prank" known as "swatting." Perhaps you're
even aware of the "swatting" incident that turned deadly. It took place in Wichita, KS back in December of 2017. In
a nutshell, a "prankster" in California made a call to the 9-1-1 operator in Wichita, claiming he was being held hostage at a
Wichita home, and that a murder had already occurred there. The caller thought the address he gave was that of an
online gamer with whom he was involved in a feud, but that person had tricked him into giving police the address of Andrew
Finch, who was not involved in the feud and was at home minding his own business. Long story short, the Wichita SWAT
team responded, and when Andrew Finch stepped out his front door to see what all the commotion was about, the officers,
thinking he was the murderer and hostage-taker and that he was reaching for a weapon, shot him dead.
Low-level SWATting: Kayleigh
McEnany says she'll 'never forget' [the] life-changing day cops showed [up] at her door. White House Press
Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in an exclusive interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation that she was doxxed earlier
this year during the riots. McEnany discussed with the DCNF's Mary Margaret Olohan at the White House on Wednesday
[12/16/2020] how her life has changed since she entered her role as press secretary in April 2020. The press secretary
said she would "never forget" a day when she was at home, shortly after assuming her role in President Donald Trump's White
House, and a policeman showed up at her door. The policeman reportedly told her, "Hey, I need to check in on you, we
heard there were some rioters that were targeting your home," McEnany told Olohan. She added that she then found out
that her "address had been put up on social media."
targeted by 10 students who led officers to swarm her dorm with guns, family says. A Texas college cheerleader
said she was the victim of a "swatting" incident when as many as 10 mostly White students filed a false report with campus
police alleging she made violent threats. Christin Evans, a 17-year-old freshman at Stephen F. Austin University in
Nacogdoches, said officers barged into her room at 3 a.m. on Sept. 14 while she was sleeping. "I feel shaken,"
said Evans, who is Black, said during a Monday news conference alongside her parents and attorney. "I can't sleep at
night. It has made me paranoid. I was looking forward to making friends and having a good time on the cheer
team." Police officers said they received a report that she was threatening to stab students with scissors.
Low-level SWATting: School
Calls Cops on 12-Year-Old Boy Who Held Toy Gun During Zoom Class. Isaiah Elliott, a 12-year-old boy who lives
in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is fond of his neon green Nerf gun — which has the words "ZOMBIE HUNTER" written on
it. Last week, during a virtual classroom session, Elliott briefly picked up his toy gun, causing it to appear on
screen for just a few seconds. This was noticed by his teacher, who promptly alerted the authorities. As a
result, the police paid a visit to Elliott's home and the school suspended him for five days. The teacher was fairly
certain the gun was a toy, according to local news station KDVR. But instead of checking with the parents to assuage
any doubts, the school went straight to the cops.
More low-level SWATting: Fordham
University Sent Cops To Investigate A Student For Criticizing Communist China And 'Black Lives Matter' On
Instagram. Fordham University is under investigation from the U.S. Department of Education for allegedly
violating a student's free speech after administrators called the cops on him for Instagram posts. On his personal
account, Austin Tong posted pictures with a legally obtained gun and criticized China's handling of the Tiananmen Square
massacre. Tong also posted about the death of St. Louis Police Captain David Dorn, who died trying to stop
rioters from looting a friend's pawn shop. While the school's website suggests that students enrolled at the university
will have "the freedom of inquiry required by rigorous thinking and the quest for truth," its reaction to Tong's posts shows
otherwise. Fordham officials reportedly considered the social media posts "grotesque" and "racist," and sent "two
uniformed public safety officers" to the Tong family home in Long Island, New York to "discuss the Instagram posts" and
evaluate whether Tong "presented a danger to himself and others," according to the U.S. DOE investigation.
The Editor says...
This wouldn't be an issue if the cops had any common sense. Why should they respond to a request like this,
with no evidence of a crime?
Murder Man for Answering the Door. Our lives don't matter. Your skin color doesn't matter. What
matters is they — armed government workers — have a license to kill. And use it. Which they
did on May 22 when Ryan Whitaker answered a late-night knock at his door, which he answered — not
unreasonably — with a pistol in his hand. Before he could do anything — though he tried to do
nothing — he was summarily executed by some of Phoenix, AZ's less-than-finest. All because "someone"
called. About noise. From a Playstation.
Calling Cops on Their Neighbors if They Hear Them Coughing. Some Californians are calling 911 if they hear
their neighbors loudly coughing or sneezing, with paramedics being dispatched to homes in some cases. Yes,
really. "Coachella Valley police departments say they've started fielding 911 reports from concerned callers convinced
a neighbor's overly loud sneeze or hacking cough is proof the person has the virus," reports the Desert Sun.
Google Whistleblower Claims FBI, SWAT, Bomb Squad Appeared at His Home. On Wednesday [8/14/2019], former Google
employee Zachary Vorhies went public as the whistleblower who spoke with Project Veritas in June, revealing the political
bias in Google's "Machine Learning Fairness" program. He also told the story of police storming his home to perform a
"wellness check" after he was outed as a "leaker" and after Google had sent him a demand letter. Project Veritas
released its video with Vorhies (whose identity was masked), exposing the bias in the "Machine Learning Fairness" program and
its hidden camera interview footage showing a Google executive describing her work on algorithms to prevent "the next Trump
situation." Shortly afterward, the whistleblower received a demand letter from Google.
"Machine Learning Fairness" Whistleblower Goes Public. A Google insider who anonymously leaked internal documents to
Project Veritas made the decision to go public in an on-the-record video interview. The insider, Zachary Vorhies, decided
to go public after receiving a letter from Google, and after he says Google allegedly called the police to perform a "wellness
check" on him.
met playing 'Call of Duty' online. Then their cross-country feud became a 'swatting' hoax. A
cross-country feud between two men arguing on a telephone party line escalated to a "swatting" hoax that in 2018 locked down
a Georgetown elementary school and evacuated a nearby Walmart. An increasingly common and dangerous hoax, swatting is
characterized by making fake emergency calls to prompt an armed police response (e.g., from a SWAT team) to harass an online
or phone adversary. Months worth of federal court documents tell the story of both a New Mexico man's arrest for making
bomb threats in Delaware and the indictment of Rodney Phipps, 29, of Georgetown on Tuesday [6/18/2019].
Fatal 'Swatting' Gets 20 Years. Tyler Barriss, a 26-year-old California man who admitted making a phony
emergency call to police in late 2017 that led to the shooting death of an innocent Kansas resident, has been sentenced to
20 years in federal prison.
Sentenced to 20 Years for 'Swatting' Call that Led to Fatal Shooting. Tyler R. Barriss, 26, was sentenced to 20
years in prison after pleading guilty to 51 federal charges — some of which led to the 2017 death of 28-year-old
Andrew Finch. Barriss has admitted to contacting the Wichita police from Los Angeles on Dec. 28, 2017 —
with the explicit intent of falsely reporting a shooting and kidnapping at a Wichita residence. The Associated Press
reports, "Authorities say an Ohio gamer recruited Barriss to 'swat' a Wichita gamer, but that the address they used was old,
leading police to Finch, who was not involved in the video game or the dispute."
Unintentional SWATting: Florida
family playing 'Call of Duty' have police called on them by concerned neighbors. A virtual battle turned into
some real-life drama for a Florida family last week when neighbors contacted police after thinking a gun battle was taking
place in their home. The city of Deland said in a release that officers had to respond to a home on Nov. 15 after
neighbors called to report a possible disturbance when they heard a man and woman yelling things including "that is my gun,
give it to me" and "please don't kill me."
suspect linked to Kansas death hit with 46 new federal charges for false reports, authorities say. A suspected
"swatter" from California whose fake emergency call allegedly led to a Kansas man's death last year faces 46 new federal
charges for fake reports of bomb threats, shootings and other acts of violence, authorities said. The charges were
filed against Tyler Barriss, 25, of Los Angeles, on Wednesday in the Central District of California. Prosecutors allege
Barris called in several false threats to law enforcement agencies between 2014 and 2017 from Los Angeles, the Wichita Eagle reported.
Low-level SWATting -- the use of ordinary cops as a weapon: Neighbors
call police 3 times on girl selling cookies. An Iowa girl selling cookies to buy school clothes led to three
police calls in five days, reports said Friday [8/3/2018]. Savannah Watters, 10, told Fox 17 Des Moines that
her business in Cedar Falls was going really well until her neighbors called police. "I wish that we could have known
first, 'cause we didn't know anything. And it's just hard to believe that they didn't come talk to my mom first," the
Another example of low-level SWATting: Activist Shaun King
Says CPS Came to Take His Kids After Someone Filed a False, Anonymous Complaint. Shaun King, the writer and
Black Lives Matter activist, had a surprise visitor last night. Someone, his doorman called to say, had come to watch
the kids. King replied that he was not expecting any kind of babysitter. But the visitor was insistent. She
had been sent by child protective services, she explained. As King explained in a series of tweets about the encounter,
the woman, "demanded to see three of my children. She called them by name. And said that she had to see them
immediately." King told her to get lost, but she wouldn't take no for an answer.
team convenes on David Hogg's home after hoax claim of hostage situation. The family of Parkland school
shooting survivor David Hogg was just the target of a prank that landed law enforcement at their home. Hogg's family
was "swatted" Tuesday morning, as police responded to a call about a hostage situation in the home of the Marjory Stoneman
Douglas High School student, WPLG reported. Swatting is "making a prank emergency call to bring about a response of
armed law enforcement officers," the station explained.
for Wichita Officer Who Killed Innocent, Unarmed Man in 'Swatting'. A Kansas district attorney announced
yesterday that a police officer who shot an unarmed man on his own porch will not face charges because the officer was
operating under the impression that he was responding to a hostage situation. The fatal shooting of Andrew Finch in
Wichita, Kansas, drew national attention in December, as it appeared to be the first case of a "Swatting" call turning
deadly. "Swatting" is a particularly nasty prank in which someone calls 911 and falsely claims to be involved in a
dangerous hostage situation, drawing a SWAT raid to somebody else's home and terrifying the targets. In this case, a
Los Angeles man reportedly made the false call as a result of some video game dispute.
The Serial Swatter. Internet trolls have
learned to exploit our over-militarized police. It's a crime that's hard to stop — and hard to prosecute.
Low-level SWATting: The Raid on
YFZ Ranch, Ten Years Later. Ten years ago, in April, a call came into a San Angelo domestic abuse hotline from
someone identifying herself as "Sarah." She claimed to be a sixteen-year-old living on the Yearning for Zion Ranch, a
community in Eldorado settled by the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints under the leadership of their prophet, Warren Jeffs.
The fallout from the report was immense: law enforcement entered the property to search for "Sarah," who, they found out
months later, didn't exist. The real caller was Rozita Swinton, a 33-year-old woman living in Colorado Springs.
Though the call turned out to be a hoax, the details Swinton gave about widespread underage marriage and sexual abuse were
anything but. Her call triggered a law enforcement raid on the 1,700-acre property, and, eventually, a Department of
Family and Protective Services order to remove 437 children from the ranch.
rallies held over parole of convicted cop killer. Dueling rallies were held Friday on the controversial
decision to release convicted cop killer Herman Bell from prison. Bell was a member of the radical Black Liberation
Army who killed Officers Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini after luring them to a Harlem housing project with a phony 911 call.
false 911 call led to fatal police shooting of daughter's father-in-law, cops say. An Alabama woman has been
charged with making a bogus 911 call that led to the death of her daughter-in-law's father, police said Friday. Dorothy
Marie Gass, 65, called police in the early morning hours of New Year's Day to report that her daughter-in-law, Amy Gass, was
threatening to kill her children and herself, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported. Arriving officers reportedly
found Gass' father, Mark Steven Parkinson, outside with a gun in his hand. They shot and killed him when he pointed the
gun at them, police said.
SWATter Tyler Barriss Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter. Tyler Raj Barriss, a 25-year-old serial "swatter"
whose phony emergency call to Kansas police last month triggered a fatal shooting, has been charged with involuntary
manslaughter and faces up to eleven years in prison. Barriss's online alias — "SWAuTistic" — is a
nod to a dangerous hoax known as "swatting," in which the perpetrator spoofs a call about a hostage situation or other
violent crime in progress in the hopes of tricking police into responding at a particular address with potentially deadly
force. Barriss was arrested in Los Angeles this month for alerting authorities in Kansas to a fake hostage situation at
an address in Wichita, Kansas on Dec. 28, 2017. Police responding to the alert surrounded the home at the address
Barriss provided and shot 28-year old Andrew Finch as he emerged from the doorway of his mother's home. Finch, a father
of two, was unarmed, and died shortly after being shot by police.
Swatting Victim's Mother Isn't Even Allowed To See Her Own Son. [Scroll down] While it's deplorable that
someone would do this, it wouldn't be a problem if cops wore uniforms, didn't assume that the call was legitimate, and simply
knocked on the door to chat with the occupants since, after all, it is their property. The practice of swatting is
a problem only because of the hero soldier-boy complex that infects the police forces around the nation.
Call May Have Led to Wichita Police Killing a Random Man on His Own Doorstep. Thursday night, Wichita, Kansas,
Police sent out a SWAT team to respond to a 911 call that a man shot his father and was holding his family hostage in their
home. The telephone call was a lie. There was no hostage situation — but nevertheless a man at the
home ended up dead, shot and killed by a police officer at his own front door. Police right now are being tight-lipped
about what actually happened at the home of the dead man, identified by relatives as Andrew Finch, 28, as the circumstances are
still under investigation. [...] As far back as 2014 I was warning that the overmilitarization of our police departments helps
makes pranks like this become dangerously violent mechanisms that can get out of hand.
arrested in 'Call of Duty' 'swatting' hoax that led to fatal police shooting. A 25-year-old California man was
arrested in connection to an online quarrel between two "Call of Duty" gamers that prompted a hoax call and led to a man
being killed by police in Kansas. Los Angeles police on Friday arrested Tyler Barriss, who law enforcement claimed is
the "prankster" who called 911 and made up a story about a kidnapping in Wichita, ABC 7 reported.
police investigate whether fatal shooting was result of prank called 'swatting'. Kansas officials and the FBI
are investigating whether a fatal shooting by a police officer on Thursday [12/28/2017] was the grim outcome of a prank by video
gamers. Officials said the death of an unarmed man, whom family members identified as Andrew Finch, 28, at a home in Wichita,
may have been the result of a hoax called "swatting." As defined by 911.gov, swatting is "false reporting an emergency to
public safety by a person for the intent of getting a ('SWAT team') response to a location where no emergency exists."
9-1-1 call leads police, SWAT team to underage party site. An accidental 911 pocket-dial sparked a police raid
of an underage drinking party at a home in Maine, and a later episode at the same house where a SWAT-like unit confronted an
agitated man with a gun holed up in the attic. York Police said they received a 911 hang-up call early Sunday and heard
yelling and arguing on the other end of the line.
17 Things That
Need To Die With 2017. [#7] SWATting: Patterico has done an excellent job covering the tragic story of
Andrew Finch, the Wichita, Kansas father of two who was killed by police after a Los Angeles man "SWATted" him, calling in a
false police report claiming there was a violent crime in process at his home. Finch died because of a petty dispute
between two video game players he didn't even know — the SWATter apparently messed up the address of his
real target — but even if the address had been correct, SWATting is a despicable, cowardly act of evil.
Call May Have Led to Wichita Police Killing a Random Man on His Own Doorstep. Thursday night, Wichita, Kansas,
Police sent out a SWAT team to respond to a 911 call that a man shot his father and was holding his family hostage in their
home. The telephone call was a lie. There was no hostage situation — but nevertheless a man at the
home ended up dead, shot and killed by a police officer at his own front door. Police right now are being tight-lipped
about what actually happened at the home of the dead man, identified by relatives as Andrew Finch, 28, as the circumstances
are still under investigation. Police did say they don't believe Finch fired on police officers before they shot him,
according to the Wichita Eagle. His family says he was not armed.
Finally Kills Someone. SWATting is a dangerous hoax in which someone calls the police and falsely reports that
a shooting has happened at a particular address. When police show up at the address, the person who answers the door
has no idea what is going on — and is suddenly facing police officers who think the homeowner is armed and
dangerous. It's been going on for years, and has always been a recipe for getting someone killed. And now, that
has apparently happened.
the California Penal Code To Make SWATting A Felony. Calling an armed law enforcement response to someone's
house is attempted murder. Perhaps you think that's hyperbole. It isn't. People — innocents,
unarmed people, bystanders, even cops themselves — get killed in police armed responses. We talk about
excessive force by police all the time.
call ends in SWAT situation at elderly woman's home. The SWAT team responded to a call from a person threatening take their own life after
they killed their parents only to learn it was a not-so-harmless prank. West Valley City authorities are asking for your help finding the person
responsible for that prank phone call.
control groups accused of 'swatting' open-carry permit holders, putting lives at risk. Second Amendment groups
are accusing the gun control lobby of putting law-abiding owners of firearms in danger by urging people to call the police on
anyone carrying a gun in public. As more states relax rules about open-carrying of guns, the Coalition to Stop Gun
Violence has taken to social media to urge the public to assume gun-toters are trouble, and to call the cops on anyone they
feel may be a threat.
Open-Carry Advocate Targeted in 'SWATting'.
[S]watting incidents are becoming more common. They started out with Internet gamers who would hide behind online personas and anonymous
names to report that their gaming opponent had a gun or had taken hostages. The response often is a full-scale SWAT team at the location,
with guns drawn and military vehicles at the ready. It's even happened to actor Clint Eastwood. But its danger turned from theory
to tragedy over the summer when John Crawford III was gunned down in a Beavercreek, Ohio, store after being swatted by a caller who claimed
Crawford was loading and pointing an assault rifle at customers in Walmart.
user offers to "swat" GamerGate critic, cops sent to an old address. According to
The Oregonian, authorities showed up at the Portland home around 12am Saturday [1/3/2015] after
receiving reports about an armed man with hostages inside. Officers were developing a plan to
contact the residents when they received notice the entire situation may be a hoax. However, police
ultimately wanted to (and did) ensure the residents were safe. "It's not going to result in the
prank playing out the way the prankster wanted it to," Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson told the
paper. "But it does create significant risk to the public and significant risk to officers
responding. And the prankster can face state and federal charges."
Walmart Shooting Victim's Family
Wants Charges Filed Against SWATter. John Crawford III was gunned down with little or no warning by Beavercreek, Ohio police last
month after a man called 911 and claimed that he was pointing a rifle at shoppers inside a Walmart. Crawford had picked up a BB gun sold
by the store and was apparently thinking about purchasing it. Video clearly shows that the caller, Ronald Ritchie, made claims about Crawford's
actions that simply were not true.
using police hoax to lash out at opponents. In each case, SWAT teams dispatched to the scene
found no violent criminals or wounded victims — only video game players sitting at their computers,
the startled victims of a hoax known as "swatting."
Bradenton live streamer survives malicious prank. People from all over the world were
watching Twitch.TV live streamer LaggySpork playing Minecraft at 6:45 a.m. Sunday [8/31/2014] 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.
Canadian boy arrested for over 30 swattings, bomb threats. In March 2013, US computer security reporter
Brian Krebs was swatted. Swatting — a term that derives from SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) — is
the practice of falsely reporting an emergency, as a prank or as revenge against someone, resulting in the dispatch of emergency
services. In Krebs's case, that meant armed law enforcement at his door. Krebs' persecutor had, in fact, spoofed an
emergency call to make it appear that it had come from the journalist's own phone. The result: about half a dozen
squad cars, lights flashing, surrounding Krebs's front door, local police leaning over their cars and pointing guns at him.
That day, the police in his town learned what swatting is.
'swatting call sends dozens of cops to NY Long Island home. Dozens of heavily armed police officers
descended on a home in Long Beach, Long Island, Tuesday afternoon [4/22/2014] thinking they might find a grisly murder
scene. Instead they found a terrified woman who had no clue what they were talking about and her teenaged son
playing video games. "We received a phone call from a gentleman who stated he had just shot his mother and his
brother," Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney said. "Unfortunately, this is a terrible national
problem for law enforcement. It's called swatting."
My Fear. Memorial Day weekend last year someone called 911 claiming
to be me. He said he, meaning me, had killed my wife and would kill the neighbors unless the police came to stop me. The police rolled into the
driveway, blocked the street, and had me surrounded to figure out what happened. Luckily the police officer who saw me first recognized me from television.
Democrat Mobs Planning SWAT Tactics Against Republicans in Texas? [Scroll down] The tactic described is
similar to a tactic known to be used by some of the left's most odious elements, in which the police are called to the homes of
conservatives on bogus accusations that the conservative is threatening his or her family, usually with a weapon. Erick
Erickson and Patterico have been victims of SWAT attacks. SWAT attacks can be dangerous and even deadly, as local police
adopt more military style weapons and tactics.
Hoax emergency message sends police to Wolf Blitzer's house in Bethesda. Montgomery County police
received an urgent message at about 6:25 p.m. Saturday [4/27/2013] saying someone had been shot at Wolf Blitzer's home in Bethesda. Officers
streamed toward the CNN host's residence near Congressional Country Club. They set up a perimeter. But a dispatch supervisor was immediately
skeptical, and a call to CNN confirmed it: The message was a fraud.
California lawmakers trying to
pass legislation to crack down on 'swatting'. California lawmakers are trying to crack down on malicious pranksters who make 911 calls that send police
rushing to people's homes. [...] On Tuesday, a state Senate committee unanimously approved a bill to make those convicted of such hoaxes pay the cost of the police
response. This is considered a first step in the process that would eventually head to the governor's desk.
Ex-Girlfriend Triggered US Airways Bomb Hoax. A bomb hoax in Philadelphia that turned a Dallas-bound flight
around and led to a full-scale SWAT response was apparently triggered by a spiteful ex-girlfriend who participated in a
cruel joke on her former beau who was aboard the US Air flight, police told ABC News.
DOJ Attorney: Eric Holder Could Stop SWATings 'in 48 Hours'. Former Department of Justice attorney J. Christian
Adams took to Twitter in the wake of the SWATing of Red State's Erik Erickson and declared: ["]Eric Holder or an ethical
USAttorney could stop this swatting in 48 hours. Violates 18 USC 241. Online efforts should be
directed at #DOJ.["]
bloggers say they're targets of dangerous 'SWAT-ing' prank. Conservative bloggers say they are being terrorized by a
potentially deadly prank in which phony 911 calls bring armed cops to their doors in search of criminals, all in retaliation for
their blog posts. At least two conservative Internet pundits have reported being victims of "SWAT-ing." In at least
one incident, the caller claimed to be the resident of the home and confessed to shooting his wife, according to a recording of
the call posted online.
Asks DOJ to Investigate SWAT-ting Attacks on Conservative Bloggers. A number of conservative bloggers allege
they have been targeted through the use of harassment tactics such as SWAT-ting (fooling 911 operators into sending emergency
teams to their homes), in retaliation for posts they have written, and now Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., has stepped into the
Marchant demands DOJ investigation into blogger SWAT-tings. On the heels of Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss's letter
that was sent to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding an inquiry into the attacks on conservative bloggers via SWAT-tings,
Congressman Kenny Marchant, Texas Republican, sent a letter on Thursday [6/7/2012] to the attorney general demanding an
investigation into the SWAT-tings.
Report: 70 House Members to Call on DOJ to
Investigate SWATting of Conservative Bloggers. Earlier today [6/9/2012], Breitbart News reported that the recent SWATting attacks on several political
writers and commentators have been gaining traction in the mainstream media: ["]Today, CNN featured a story centering around CNN contributor and RedState managing
editor Erick Erickson, the latest victim in a series of incidents in which an imposter mimics the phone number of a target, then calls the police and confesses to a
Don't Make the Call: The New Phenomenon of 'Swatting'. Remember the "phone
phreakers?" The term hit our national consciousness in the 1970s, when a magazine reported on a small group of techie troublemakers who were hacking into phone
companies' computers and making free long-distance calls. Today, there's a new, much more serious twist on this old crime. It's called "swatting," and it
involves calling 9-1-1 and faking an emergency that draws a response from law enforcement — usually a SWAT team. Needless to say, these calls are
dangerous to first responders and to the victims.
85 Members of Congress
Demand Holder Investigate SWATting Cases. These crimes occur when individuals call emergency dispatchers under the guise of another
person's name with fraudulent claims, causing local law enforcement to swarm the home of innocent Americans. SWAT-ting first arose in 2002,
but as technology and the Internet has expanded, the dangers of SWAT-ting are also on the rise.
Aaron Walker SWAT-ted. Aaron Walker, one of the bloggers
targeted by Brett Kimberlin, is the latest victim of SWAT-ting. Walker, who goes by Aaron Worthing online, tweeted the news of this
extreme form of harassment being used on his family shortly after news broke that the peace order against him had been modified, restoring
his First Amendment rights. Thankfully, though, Aaron reports that he and his wife are safe.
Not Impressed With Holder's Response to SWATing. A month ago, 80 members of Congress called for the Justice
Department to investigate SWATing in a letter sent directly to Attorney General Eric Holder. Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss
was the first member of Congress to call for an investigation and now a month later, he is less than impressed with Holder's
response to the situation. He sent Holder another letter yesterday [7/11/2012] showing his disappointment in the non-action
from the DOJ to address the issue.
Chambliss Demands More Action from Attorney General on SWATtings. In Wednesday's [7/11/2012] letter, Senator
Chambliss emphasized the dangers that SWAT-ting presents, and warned "When innocent people are handcuffed, children witness
their parents treated as criminals, helicopters overhead awaken the neighbors and the victim realizes that one wrong move by
him or his family could lead to irreversible catastrophe, there is overwhelming cause for concern." Since Chambliss' initial
letter was sent to Holder, another SWATting has occurred.
California Home Swarmed by Police in Possible Hoax. Miley Cyrus' Los Angeles home was swarmed by police, fire and
rescue squads responding to a report of a possible home invasion, but the pop star was apparently the victim of a "swatting" prank.
Law enforcement officials said a 911 call came in Wednesday at 6:50 p.m. PT, stating a possible home invasion with possible
shots fired at Cyrus' home.
Wife called in bomb hoax to prevent husband from flying to Paris without her.
A whacked-out New Jersey woman sent police rushing to Newark Airport yesterday after falsely accusing her husband of plotting to blow up a plane, authorities said.
Eunice Ukaegbu, 50, called cops about her hubby, Okieze Ukaegbu, 58, because she didn't want him to leave the country without her, authorities said.
Brett Kimberlin and Erick Erickson
I had never heard of Brett Kimberlin until recently, but apparently he has made quite a pest of himself, and "SWATting" appears to be
one of his techniques. If you dig into the subject of "SWATting", it won't be long before you encounter the name of Brett Kimberlin.
Bogus Call Sends Police to Home of Kimberlin
Critic Erick Erickson. [Scroll down] I just got off the phone with Erickson. He says the caller reported an "accidental
shooting" and that it was therefore less traumatic than my experience. However, he said, his kids were outside as the police showed up with
lights flashing — and some of the cops were keeping their hands on their guns even as his children were running around. Anyone
else think CNN is going to talk about SWATting now?
SWATting the Ericksons. Last week we spent a lot of time
writing about Brett Kimberlin and the incident involving blogger Patterico where someone spoofed his phone number and told 911 he had shot his
wife. Tonight, my family was sitting around the kitchen table eating dinner when sheriffs deputies pulled up in the driveway.
Kimberlin and 'SWATting': Where Is the Establishment Press? As the clock in the Eastern time zone officially
tells me that it's Memorial Day, it occurs to me that the men and women we honor today did not fight and die so they would
see their country become one where a person could be hounded from their home, see themselves and/or loved ones lose their
jobs, worry about the safety of their kids, or be visited by police with guns drawn as a result of a false anonymous
tip — all of which has "just so happened" to occur in close proximity to having blogged about the activities of a
certain person or his associates.
Kimberlin's Heiress Aunt Helping Fund His Tax-Exempt Harassment. Convicted felon Brett Kimberlin is the nephew
of a wealthy Maryland woman who has contributed to a foundation that helped fund a 501(c)3 organization of which Kimberlin is
the director. Kimberlin's activities have recently attracted widespread attention because of his attempts to intimidate
and harass bloggers who wrote about his criminal history.
"It takes an 'Army of Breitbarts' to overcome the indifference,
inertia and bias of the mainstream media." Who Warned Us About Brett Kimberlin?
This was important, and Andrew Breitbart understood why it was important: The "TwitterGate" episode in October 2010 exposed
Democrat operative Neal Rauhauser's role in an apparent conspiracy to harass Tea Party activists online. Shortly thereafter,
Mandy Nagy (aka "Liberty Chick") documented Brett Kimberlin heinous criminal history. Kimberlin and his "Velvet Revolution"
partner Brad Friedman teamed up to urge Maryland authorities to prosecute James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles. At some point,
according to Kimberlin, he became an "associate" of Rauhauser.
Stacy McCain's Kimberlin Story a Must Read.
Stacy McCain's story nearby, "Terror By Any Other Name," is yet one more piece of evidence of just how far around the bend the American
Left has gone. The saga of Brett Kimberlin as Stacy explains it is in reality a microcosm of the leftist mindset that has been
more than evident since the 1960s at a minimum. In fact, as I have detailed in an earlier piece "The Obama Thugocracy" —
and I am not alone in using the term — intimidation and violence are staples of the left in general.
Terror by Any Other Name. Michelle
Malkin has called Brett Kimberlin an "online terrorist ringleader," while blogger Jimmie Bise Jr. prefers the phrase "lying felon," but
Kimberlin's political allies call him a "progressive activist." During the past week, Kimberlin's bizarre methods of "activism"
have made him the focus of intense scrutiny from conservative bloggers, arousing the interest of major news organizations, so that the
convicted felon once notorious as the "Speedway Bomber" is likely to become even more notorious in the near future.
Leftist assault on
free speech and conscience. Have you heard of SWATing? Someone calls 911 falsely claiming that a person
has killed someone or is about to do so. It can bring down a world of hurt, complete with sirens and a SWAT team with
drawn guns. In a radio interview on the Hugh Hewitt Show, conservative Web entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart began warning
people about the tactic shortly before he collapsed and died on March 1. No, I'm not suggesting his death had
anything to do with this, however convenient it was for the political left. Over the past year, strong-arm tactics
have been used against prominent conservative bloggers who have written about a left-wing activist named Brett Kimberlin.
Bomber Brett Kimberlin, Neal Rauhauser, Ron Brynaert, and Their Campaign of Political Terrorism. In the last
radio interview Andrew Breitbart ever gave, on Hugh Hewitt's radio show, Breitbart talked about a new ruthless tactic used by
thugs against political opponents: ["][O]ne of the things they've done to people who have worked with me in the past,
including an L.A. prosecutor, is to "SWAT." That means that they're spoofing phones, pretending to be somebody else's phone,
calling 911, and saying "I killed somebody" and then the person's home is met with the guns drawn, the SWAT and the helicopters,
in a horrifying act.["]
The Editor says...
The practice of using misinformed SWAT teams as weapons against political enemies would not be so attractive if the police
were not in the habit of responding to anonymous tips with militaristic force.
Why Is The State Dept.
Partnering With 'Speedway Bomber' Brett Kimberlin? Following The Blaze's extensive coverage of the Indiana Speedway Bomber (Brett
Kimberlin) turned Soros-funded "social justice" activist who routinely terrorizes bloggers, is a provocative post at United Liberty asking why
The State Department has been teaming up with the domestic terrorist.
Kimberlin Funders Stunned
to Discover they Fund Kimberlin. A Breitbart News investigation has revealed that many of the funders of the Justice Through Music
Project (JTMP), a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization of which convicted "Speedway bomber" Brett Kimberlin is a director, do not know about his
criminal past. Those foundations and funds listed as donors that responded to request for comment also indicated that they had not been
contacted by media other than Breitbart News.
Who Will Protect the Freedom
to Blog? Free speech is under fire. Online thugs are targeting bloggers (mostly conservative, but not all) who have dared
to expose a convicted bomber and perjuring vexatious litigant who is now enjoying a comfy life as a liberally subsidized social justice
operative. Where do your elected representatives stand on this threat to our founding principles? On Wednesday [6/6/2012],
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-GA, bravely stepped forward to press this vital issue. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder,
Chambliss decried the "harassing and frightening actions" of Internet menaces who recently have gone after several conservative new
media citizen journalists and activists.
Brett Kimberlin and the Left-Wing Money-Machine.
Until just a few years ago, Brett Kimberlin was a convicted drug dealer and terrorist doing 51 years in federal prison for planting
eight roadside bombs in the town of Speedwell, Indiana. The last of those bombs left a man so severely disfigured that he committed
suicide a few years later. An inveterate liar and con artist, Kimerblin managed to gain fame from prison in 1988 by falsely claiming
to have sold drugs to then-presidential candidate Dan Quayle.
Somewhat related: malicious impersonation. Police
Chief Signed Tea Party Leader Up For Gay Dating Site As Political Payback. In
Campbell, Wisconsin, political retaliation has sunk to a new low. Police Chief Tim Kelemen just
closed a plea deal for using local Tea Party leader Greg Luce's personal information to sign him up
for gay dating websites, pornography websites, and — the icing on the cake —
HealthCare.gov. These actions could fall under the definition of identity theft, which carries
serious penalties. Depending on the severity, the fraudulent use of another's identifying
information could earn up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Overgrown toddlers depend on 9-1-1 for everything
The nanny state has established 9-1-1 as a universal means of asking for help from the almighty government.
Naturally there are people who turn to this service as a matter of reflex whenever the slightest dispute arises.
Something tells me that these same people are already in the habit of depending on the government (in lieu of a job) for
I'm sure there are many cases like this, but here are just a few examples:
Calls Police On Taco Bell For Running Out Of Nachos. A video currently going viral on TikTok purports to show
an angry woman calling the police on Taco Bell employees after being told that she could not order Nacho Fries. Posted
on Monday [3/8/2021] [...], the video shows the woman, referred to as a Karen, arguing with the store's employees while on
the phone. [Video clip]
calls 911 when bouncer confiscates her fake ID, gets hit with a felony charge. An 18-year-old woman was
arrested after she called police to complain that a bouncer at a bar had confiscated her fake ID. Blakelee
Sands — or "McKamie Queen," according to her driver's license — became upset when a bouncer at a bar
outside Oklahoma City took the identification she'd tried using at the establishment last week, The Smoking Gun
reports. She then doubled-down on her bluff and called 911. When police arrived and checked out the phony ID, they
discovered the driver's license number on Sands' identification card was registered to a 43-year-old man who lives in Texas.
politician who defunded the police called 911 to protect her from a crime she wants to legalize. A Seattle City
Councilwoman called the police to her home Friday [12/17/2020] to report a crime she is effectively trying to legalize, according to media
reports. Lisa Herbold phoned authorities on Friday after a man reportedly threw a rock through her living room window, My Northwest
reported. The councilwoman said "she was on the west side of the living room near the kitchen when she heard a loud noise that
sounded like a gunshot and dove into the kitchen for cover," according to a redacted police report obtained by the publication.
official who called 911 on Lyft driver blames fear of 'white supremacists'. The Portland city commissioner,
criticized after phoning 911 with concerns during a Lyft ride despite pushing to "defund" Portland police, attributes her actions
to fear of "white supremacists." Jo Ann Hardesty and Lyft driver Richmond Frost quarreled Nov. 1 when Hardesty
ordered an Uber from a casino resort and the two had trouble locating each other. Hardesty then complained about the
driver's windows being down, which is in line with Lyft's policies to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to KATU
News. Frost eventually pulled into a Chevron gas station, canceled the ride and asked Hardesty to leave the
vehicle. The city commissioner said she called 911 and refused because "it was cold and she was a woman and alone," the
dispatch report shows.
Portland City Commissioner Calls The Police After Lyft Driver Cancels Her Ride. Anti-Police Portland City
Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, had an all out meltdown and even called 911 after her Lyft driver cancelled her ride. The
incident took place after Lyft driver Richmond Frost picked up Hardesty from a casino. Frost decided to keep the
windows open due to the COVID protocols which required him to do so. According to Frost as reported by Fox News,
Hardesty "became irate when he refused to roll the windows up." After the situation began to get tense, Frost decided to
cancel the ride and pull into a gas station. At this point, Hardesty began having a meltdown and refused to get out of
the car because "it was cold and she was a woman and alone."
city commissioner who supports defunding the police called 911 on her Lyft driver. Jo Ann Hardesty is a city
commissioner in Portland and one of the people who has been pushing the hardest for defunding the police. Most
recently, Hardesty has been pushing for an $18 million cut to the police budget on top of a previous cut that happened this
summer. Hardesty's defunding effort failed in a 3-2 vote and she scolded her fellow city commissioners and the mayor
for their lack of courage: [...] It turns out that just days before that confrontation, Hardesty got into another dispute,
this time with a Lyft driver who had picked her up at a casino.
Marching To Defund Police Calls Police When She Feels Threatened By Trump Supporters. The is modern leftism in
nutshell. This snowflake was marching with defund the police protesters when Trump-supporting counter-protesters showed
up. The Trump supporters were peaceful and made no threats to this crazy woman but their sheer presence sent fear
through her veins because, as she described it, she didn't feel safe with so much white supremacy. She of course called
the cops she is fighting to get rid of. The cops just stood there and nodded and eventually left. [Video clip]
Karens All the Way Down.
You have, of course, seen the video: a white woman stands in a wooded area in Central Park, holding an agitated cocker
spaniel by its collar. She drags the dog in the direction of the camera, tremulously demanding that the videographer
stop filming. When he doesn't, she pulls out her own phone, pulls the mask off her face, and calls the police.
"An African-American man is threatening me and my dog," she says, over and over — oblivious not only to the
frightening ugliness of what she's doing, but also to the fact that she is very nearly strangling her dog with her other
hand. It only ends when the spaniel yelps, and the woman puts the phone down (with a final quavering plea for police
assistance) to clip the dog onto his leash. "Thank you," says the videographer. And that's the end. Except,
of course, that it's just the beginning. The shrill voice, the right-in-your-face racism, the kneejerk weaponization of
the 911 call, the spectacle of that hapless dog twisting and wriggling with the effort to keep all four paws on the ground:
this video might as well have been engineered in a lab to travel worldwide on a tsunami of outrage, one that even a cautious
person could join in relative confidence.
police chief, former KING 5 journalist urge hate crime victims to call 911. Seattle's police chief and former
KING 5 journalist Lori Matsukawa have a message for the community following an uptick in reports of hate crime against Asian
American communities across the United States. NBC reports a Seattle woman was in line at a grocery store when she
overheard another shopper say she and her child couldn't be in the same line as a Korean-American. According to new
data from an online reporting forum shared with NBC, in one week there were more than 650 instances of racist acts against
the Asian American community in the United States.
'emergency'? Oregon police ask people to stop calling 911 because they ran out of toilet paper. A police
department in Oregon is urging people that if they've run out of toilet paper, it's not worth calling 911. The Newport
Police Department posted the surprising message on its Facebook page as shoppers across the country have flocked to
supermarkets to stock up on supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic that has put much of the world on edge. "It's hard
to believe that we even have to post this. Do not call 9-1-1 just because you ran out of toilet paper. You will
survive without our assistance," NPD wrote.
Millennial Repeatedly Called 911 Because Parents Kicked Her Off Phone Plan. Millennials have a new definition
for everything, including emergencies. That was the case in Canton, Ohio, where a woman made multiple calls to 911.
The emergency? Her parents decided to stop making payments on her cellphone. Some people in their 30s might be
hesitant to advertise the fact that their parents are footing the bill for their cellphone. That was not the case here.
Ohio man charged with calling cops 25 times in search of lost hoodie. A confused and inebriated Ohio man
looking for answers in the wrong place frantically called cops 25 times in search of his lost hooded sweatshirt, police
said. Harves Gardner, 32, is now facing a felony charge of disrupting public services after being arrested early Monday
following his alleged torrent of phone calls, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. "When people arrived [the]
defendant only wanted rides around town to find his hoodie that he lost," cops wrote of the incident.
Member Calls Police Because Comedian Told Offensive Joke At Comedy Club. Comedy is now against societal rules,
or at least many would have it that way. Freedom of speech and expression is absolutely promoted, so long as said
speech and expression falls in line with the left's politically correct rules of peer to peer engagement. Step out of
bounds and someone who is offended may call the police on you. And that's exactly what happened recently in Florida.
boy, six, calls 911 asking for a friend and is thrilled when kind Florida cop shows up on his doorstep. A
Florida law enforcement officer is being praised for way he treated a little boy who called 911 asking for a friend because
he was lonely. The boy, who has not been named, phoned the emergency operator on Tuesday [5/7/2019] from his family home in
Tallahassee, Florida, without his mother's knowledge after they had a verbal disagreement, police told DailyMail.com.
The Tallahassee Police Department said she was surprised when a cop, named as Officer White, arrived at the house to play
with the boy and teach him the proper use for calling 911.
boy calls 911 to place McDonald's order and police deliver. A Michigan boy with an emergency craving called 911
last week to place an order — and he ended up getting it delivered. Five-year-old Iziah Hall was at his
Wyoming, Mich., home on Sunday when he began craving some McDonald's. The only problem was Iziah's grandmother was fast
asleep. According to WZZM, that's when Iziah grabbed an old phone which had been deactivated years ago and called the
only number he could — 911.
Residents Call 911 Every 15 Minutes To Complain About Homeless People. Officials in Portland, Ore. recently
estimated it will cost $640 million over the next 10 years in order to help adequately prevent homelessness in the area,
but a report out this week shows that many citizens from the City of Roses have simply resorted to calling the police on unwanted
vagrants. In fact, authorities say that more any other problem, residents are calling the emergency hotline to complain
about homeless people even when immediate danger is not present. Katie Shepherd of the Willamette Week reports that the
Portland Police Bureau receives a call from the public on average every 15 minutes per day to complain about an unsheltered
person who "frightens or inconveniences them." When lumped together with other calls such as mental health emergencies,
police recive calls every 4 minutes for a non-violent issue.
customer calls police after employee put onions on his Big Mac, gets arrested. A McDonald's customer was arrested after
calling police to complain about his Big Mac hamburger having onions — and challenging the restaurant's manager to a fist
fight. Leslie McDonagh, 53, was visiting the fast food chain in Manchester, England, around 10:30 p.m. on a Friday when he
claims he received the "wrong meal" that he could not eat because of a "severe allergy" to onions, Metro reported.
The Editor says...
If you have that much sensitivity to onions, or any other ingredient in fast food, maybe you shouldn't eat at fast food places.
dispatcher hailed as a hero for staying on the phone to help boy with his homework. A 911 dispatcher is getting
praised for taking the time out of her day to assist a young caller who needed help with his homework. Antonia Bundy,
who works for the Lafayette Police Department in Indiana, stayed on the phone with a boy who dialed the emergency number to
say he "had a really bad day" and had "tons" of homework. The boy, whose identity is not known, told Bundy that he had
math homework he was struggling with.
The Editor says...
She was "hailed as a hero" for taking "time out of her day" only because she's a black female. Anyone else
would have been fired for tying up valuable communications facilities and wasting her time chatting with
some kid who shouldn't have called 9-1-1 in the first place. Apparently the poorly-educated news writers of today have
no concept of what a real hero is.
teen calls cops after father takes away her cell phone. She called police, but didn't get the answer she was
hoping for. Officers in South Euclid, Ohio say they were dispatched to a home there Saturday for a theft report —
only to arrive and find a 16-year-old who claimed her father stole her cell phone, something she believed she was entitled to have.
911 after spotting whales while boating in Washington: report. Video footage of one family's boating trip in
Washington state has gone viral on social media, as it shows three humpback whales nearing their vessel and eventually
prompting one scared family member to hysterically phone police. On Sept. 29, the Lucianna family was cruising on
Puget Sound when Darren began filming as the massive sea creatures approached their boat, Insider reports. Though
Darren welcomes the whales and voices awe for seeing the incredible creatures up close, tensions soon rise among the crew as
the whales begin swimming closer toward and even beneath the boat.
calls 911 because parents served him salad. A 12-year-old boy from Halifax, Nova Scotia, was so unhappy when
his parents served him up a leafy dinner last week that he made his displeasure known — by calling 911. When
the cops did not respond to his emergency in a timely fashion, he called again, just to reiterate how much he hates crunching
on a bowl of raw, tossed vegetables.
Woman Calls Out Mountain Rescue Service Asking For a Ride Down Because She Was Tired. A female mountain climber
in Sweden called out air ambulance and rescue personnel because she felt tired and wanted a ride back down from a mountain
she had scaled. The woman, who was climbing with her husband near Jokkmokk, just north of the Arctic Circle, contacted
the rescue team saying she was unable to walk and couldn't get down from the mountain without assistance, The Local
reported. After the ambulance arrived to rescue the woman, paramedics discovered that she was just tired.
of Michigan Students Call for Police to Censor Classmates' Political Messages. The University of Michigan is
one of our nation's premier institutions of higher learning. Young people from all over the country move to Ann Arbor
every year to obtain an education and to have their ideas challenged by exposure to fellow students from many walks of
life. Or maybe not. Last Thursday afternoon [3/31/2016], a number of anonymous chalk messages appeared on
campus. But because these innocuous chalk messages read "#StopIslam" and "Trump 2016," they elicited 911 calls and an
apology from the president of the university. Apparently such statements constitute "hate speech." [...] Chalk on
sidewalks is one of the most common ways college students express themselves, because it is easily washed off. One
other reason why chalk messages are used is because they are anonymous. And in America, anonymous and pseudonymous
speech is deeply rooted in our constitutional tradition.
The Editor says...
Of course, the leftist news media were thrilled by this reflexive dependence on the police state and the kid's allegiance to the cops above and beyond his own father, as you can see below:
Calls 911 On Father For Running Red Light. "Every day we answer numerous 911 calls," police said. "Often
times, these calls are from individuals who are in need of immediate assistance. Sometimes, it's a simple
misdial. Then there's Robert's 9-1-1 call. Robert is a six year old resident of Quincy."
5, calls 911 to report 'Daddy went through a red light'. A 5-year-old Massachusetts boy may have a future in
law enforcement. The Quincy Police Department on Wednesday posted to Facebook a recording of a 911 call the boy placed
to report his father had run a red light. The boy tells a dispatcher: "Daddy went through a red light." He then
describes the vehicle and says it was "in the brand-new car, my mummy's car." He doesn't identify himself.
calls 911 to report dad driving through red light. This wasn't the kind of emergency Joleen McDonald had in
mind when she taught her 6-year-old son, Robbie, to dial 911. When Robbie took a ride with his dad and saw him drive
past a red light, he did what he thought was the right thing to do: He called the cops.
"It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own
children. And with good reason, for hardly a week passed in which The Times did not carry a paragraph describing how some eavesdropping little sneak — 'child hero'
was the phrase generally used — had overheard some compromising remark and denounced its parents to the Thought Police."
a dumb software glitch kept thousands from reaching 911. Who ever thinks that their
call to 911 would go unanswered? But in a terrifying incident this spring, thousands of Americans
found themselves in need of help — and got none. For six hours, emergency services
went dark for more than 11 million people across seven states. The entire state of Washington
found itself disconnected from 911.
arrested after calling 911 about his odd dream. Perhaps it was the synthetic marijuana Mark Welch said he was smoking on Sunday.
But when Welch awoke from a strange dream, convinced that everything he dreamed was actually happening for real, he told his parents about
it. When the 18-year-old's parents said they didn't believe him, he decided to call 911 to report the incident.
The Editor says...
I suppose intoxicated people probably call 9-1-1 all the time, but even so, this is a strange case.
woman dials 911 for ride to Rockford. Kathleen J. Featherstone, 57, allegedly called 911 from
a pay phone outside the Road Ranger at 3752 Camp Butler Road, and said, "Get somebody here now." When
the officer arrived, Featherstone said she was trying to get to Rockford and wanted police to take her.
Are We Smarter Than Our Cars? [Scroll down] What struck me while watching the TV coverage
was how everyone concerned — from the driver to the 9-1-1 dispatchers to the TV reporters — seemed to have had not a clue as to what the driver should have
done. And everyone seemed to accept that the natural and logical response to one's car speeding out of control was to dial 9-1-1. The best the 9-1-1 dispatchers could
do was advise her to try to lift the accelerator pedal with her foot, and to push mightily on the brake pedal. [...] But I also see it as going far beyond mere stupidity.
I see it as symbolic of the death of self-reliance. I see it as symbolic of how folks nowadays look first to "the authorities" to solve problems they used to solve for
Pierce woman calls 911 when McNuggets run out. Told McDonald's was out of Chicken McNuggets
after paying for a 10-piece, a local woman called 911. Three times. "This is an emergency, If I
would have known they didn't have McNuggets, I wouldn't have given my money, and now she wants to give me a
McDouble, but I don't want one," Latreasa L. Goodman later told police. "This is an emergency."
At least something good resulted from all this... 'I'm embarrassed' by McNugget meltdown.
After becoming an Internet sensation for calling 911 three times to report an emergency after McDonald's had run
out of McNuggets, a Fort Pierce woman said Wednesday she is embarrassed by all the media attention. "I'm
embarrassed to show my face in public," Latreasa Goodman told WPBF News 25's Alexis Rivera one day after her
McNugget meltdown was first reported.
calls 911 over lack of shrimp in fried rice. A woman called 911 to report she didn't get as
much shrimp as she wanted in her fried rice at a Texas restaurant. Haltom City police on Tuesday
[4/7/2009] released the taped emergency call, in which the customer is heard telling the dispatcher, "to get
a police officer up here, what has to happen?"
911 call: 'Taco Bell won't serve me tacos!'. A Largo man's late night craving and demand for
tacos landed him in the Pinellas County jail for misuse of a 911 system. Terry Kimbell, 50, called 911
from his cell phone to inform the dispatcher Taco Bell would not sell him tacos while he stood in the
drive-thru lane Tuesday night [9/13/2011], according to a Largo police report.
Deputies: Bad Manicure No Reason For 911.
Authorities said 44-year-old Cynthia Colson, of Deltona, called 911 several times after she wasn't satisfied
with the length of her nails after a manicure. Deputies said Colson called 911 at least four times:
twice after her original 911 call asking when deputies would arrive and a fourth time when the deputy was at
the store trying to settle the dispute over payment.
a Smoker in a Non-Smoking Area? Call 911. If you catch someone smoking in a non-smoking
area in Omaha, Neb., call the police. The Omaha Police Department is encouraging city residents to
call 911 in the wake of the citywide ban on smoking that went into effect on Oct. 2.
Is that what the designers of the 9-1-1 system had in mind?
Here's one good reason not to have a cell phone:
Technology: They'll Know Where You Are: Under the so-called Communications
Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (CALEA) police are given the authority to track
the locations of any cell phone users even if they're not dialing 911.
Many more articles about cell phone tracking can be
Even if you dial 911 when you legitimately need help, there are no guarantees. Woman
Waits 35 Minutes On 911 While Intruder Breaks In. A Williamson County woman fought off an
intruder with a vacuum cleaner. She was desperate for help, waiting for almost 35 minutes for law
enforcement to arrive. The single mom described that 35 minutes like the scene of a horror movie
as she watched a man walk from windows to doors doing anything to break in to her home.
Other news and opinion related to 9-1-1
Reverse SWATting: EMS unit lured with bogus
call, robbed in New York City. An EMS unit was robbed in Brooklyn after the suspect apparently made a bogus
call to lure them to him. The incident was reported Monday at 11 p.m. at a location at 365 Sackman Street. Police
say a 45-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman, part of a voluntary ambulance squad, responded to that location for reports of
a patient experiencing "difficult breathing." They took the elevator to the 11th floor where they were met by a masked
man with a firearm.
Team Ambushed, Robbed at Gunpoint in De Blasio's NYC. An ambulance team was allegedly ambushed and robbed at
gunpoint Monday about 11 p.m. in Brooklyn, New York. An ambulatory team consisting of "a 45-year-old man and a
28-year-old woman" arrived at an address given on a 911 call only to go to the 11th floor of the building and allegedly get
robbed at gunpoint, ABC 7 reported. The suspect(s) allegedly "took their supply bag" and sent them back to their
ambulance. The bag was later recovered "with the radio and tablet missing."
Called To Anti-Cop Activist Actress Alyssa Milano's House. Alyssa Milano, who has actively advocated for
defunding the police, prompted a massive law enforcement response to her community on Sunday after a gunman was reported on
her Ventura County property. Milano has been vocally anti-police on social media for months and was widely criticized
for asking for law enforcement to respond to her property after openly demonstrating against them.
than 60 Portland 911 calls go unanswered overnight as police respond to 'violent, tumultuous' riot. A riot was
declared around midnight Sunday in Portland as protesters flocked to a law enforcement builing, continuing a nightly ritual
in Oregon's biggest city. Over 60 calls to Portland police went unheeded overnight as officers were deployed to quell
the protests where officers used crowd control munitions to disperse demonstrators outside the Penumbra Kelly building.
Protesters threw 'softball-size' rocks, glass bottles, and pointed green lasers at officers' eyes, the police department
reported on Twitter, documenting the unrest that has continued for 80 consecutive nights following the police killing of
George Floyd in Minneapolis.
lawmaker pitches CAREN Act to outlaw 'race-based and racially-charged' 911 calls. San Francisco supervisor
Shamann Walton joined "The Story" Wednesday [7/8/2020] to discuss the CAREN Act, Walton's proposed legislation that would
punish so-called "false racially biased emergency reports." "If you look at what's been happening across the country,
you see people making these frivolous and these arbitrary 911 calls," Walton told host Trace Gallagher. "And so what
happens? You put people of color in contact with law enforcement. And in some cases, there's some very dire
consequences that can lead to harm to human beings. "But in some cases, they've also led to death," Walton went on.
"So no one should be calling 911 to weaponize 911 against people of color, black people or any other protected class."
The Editor says...
This slippery slope is almost completely vertical. [#1] Apparently, if this proposal becomes law,
it will be okay to use 9-1-1 as a weapon against white males. And [#2] this appears to be an attempt to make it
illegal for a white person to report the actions of black criminals.
who called 911 on Black man in Central Park is being prosecuted, DA says. A woman involved in a racist incident
in Central Park in May is being charged with falsely reporting the incident, the Manhattan district attorney said on Monday
[7/6/2020]. Amy Cooper, who has since been dubbed "Central Park Karen," was issued a desk appearance ticket for an
arraignment on Oct. 14. "Today our office initiated a prosecution of Amy Cooper for falsely reporting an incident in the
third degree. Our office will provide the public with additional information as the case proceeds," Manhattan District
Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. "At this time I would like to encourage anyone who has been the target of
false reporting to contact our office. We are strongly committed to holding perpetrators of this conduct accountable." Cooper
was caught on camera falsely accusing a Black man of threatening her life to 911 dispatchers on May 25.
mother stuck in raucous BLM protest is told police will not respond to her 911 call because it is a 'sanctioned
event'. A 911 call has been released documenting a mother's frightening experience of having a stranger jump on
her car during a Black Lives Matter protest in Virginia last month, and her futile attempts to get police to help her.
On June 13, Tara Durant was driving with her 12-year-old daughter in the backseat in downtown Fredericksburg when she found
herself trapped by a group of George Floyd protesters who were blocking Caroline and Hanover streets. Unable to drive
through the intersection because of the crowds, Durant called 911 at 7.34 pm seeking assistance, only to be told that police
'can't do anything about it' beyond monitoring the protest, which has been sanctioned by the city.
violence takes toll on emergency dispatchers answering calls for help. The COVID-19 pandemic, civil unrest and
now the spike in violence have all led to extremely high 911 call volumes in Chicago. "Been here almost 22 years and I
have never seen the number of calls that came in," Amy Lovell, who works for the city's 911 Emergency Communications
Center. Lovell is among the emergency dispatchers answering the phone when someone calls 911. Every day, thousands of
phone calls come into the center. "It is not for the faint of heart, this job," she said. "We answer the call,
process, dispatch, but we are doing so much more," Lovell added. "You cannot fall apart on them. They are
counting on us."
Virginia Woman, Being Attacked by Black Lives Matter Mob, Told to "Call City Hall" by 911 Operator. Fox Host
Tucker Carlson broadcast a stunning example showing how average Americans are being terrorized by rampaging mobs as local and
state officials do nothing. In the example a woman driving with her daughter through Fredericksburg, Virginia, is
attacked by a mob of Black Lives Matter thugs. Panicked the lady calls 911 for help, the response from the 911 operator
is to chastise the woman and tell her to "call city hall" with her complaint. This is a prime example of what Marxist
calls bring no response after break in at auto shop near Capitol Hill protest zone. Capitol Hill auto shop, Car
Tender, says it was broken into overnight by protesters in the "CHOP" or "CHAZ" area Sunday night. A suspect tried to
start a fire and stole cash, as well as car keys. The business owner, John McDermott, says he and his son managed to
detain the suspect — but despite more than a dozen 911 calls, police and fire never showed up. McDermott
said he got a call Sunday after the suspect smashed a window and got inside his business.
operators couldn't trace the location of a dying student's phone. It's a growing issue. Yeming Shen
called 911 on Feb. 10. He was alone in his Troy, N.Y., apartment, dying of the flu. But the garbled call was
unintelligible to the operators, and police couldn't pinpoint the phone's location. [...] The case highlights issues that
have plagued 911 phone systems across the country since the advent of smartphones. Cellphone privacy settings and
outdated dispatch mapping systems continue to frustrate first responders when they can't find callers.
the Golden State. [Scroll down] Let us talk about the authorities for a moment. What exactly are
they doing to help? First, they threw open the borders and created sanctuary cities so that people that do not belong
here can not be molested by law enforcement. Next, they decriminalized camping in public. People camping in
public need something to do to while away the hours so they decriminalized drugs even going so far as to give away free
needles. If that were not enough, they decriminalized theft up to $950 per day. This way any homeless person can
walk into any business and brazenly steal whatever they wish without any fear of being sent to jail. Finally, they've
arranged things such that the police will no longer respond to 911 calls pertaining to vandalism or burglary. You can
watch from your bedroom window as a homeless person smashes your car windshield with a rock so as to ransack your car and if
you call 911 it will be YOU that is in trouble for tying up their emergency line as someone vandalizing and robbing your car
is a non-emergency and not worthy of any kind of response.
woman reported alleged abuser by ordering a pizza. A quick-thinking Ohio woman pretended to order a
pizza — but was really calling 911 — to save her mother from an alleged abuser, police said. The
unidentified woman covertly called police on Nov. 13 to calmly request that a pizza be sent to her apartment, where Simon
Lopez, 56, allegedly showed up drunk and started assaulting her mother, the Toledo Blade reported.
dispatcher scolds caller stranded in floodwaters shortly before she drowns. [Scroll down] Her call to 911
was answered by then-dispatcher Donna Reneau, who was working her last shift as a 911 operator after she had presented her
resignation earlier this month, NBC affiliate KARK reported. During the call, Stevens told Reneau she was unable to get
out of her car because she did not know how to swim. As waters continued to rise up past Stevens' chest and cover her
vehicle, she panicked and repeatedly said, "I'm going to die." Reneau told her, "You're not going to die" and "I don't
know why you're freaking out."
Alexa Calls Police On Man Who Was Allegedly Beating His Girlfriend. A New Mexico man was arrested after police
received a 911 call from an Amazon Alexa smart speaker. Police say that 28-year-old Eduardo Barros was house-sitting
with his girlfriend when they started to argue. Barros reportedly pulled out a gun and threatened to kill the woman,
who authorities have not identified. At one point, he asked her: "Did you call the sheriffs?" The smart
speaker and the voice-powered virtual assistant heard his question and believed it was a command, so it dialed 911 on the
burglars [accidentally] dial 911 on themselves, arrested after high-speed chase in Houston. A pair of bumbling
burglars were arrested after apparently [accidentally] dialing 911 while fleeing the scene of a burglary at a Best Buy near
Houston early Saturday [4/27/2019]. The men are alleged to have knocked off a Best Buy in Sugar Land, Texas, at about
3 a.m. While responding to an alarm at the store, dispatch received a 911 call in the area, Houston police said.
But instead of a caller, they heard only background noise.
Woman Called 911 with Questions About How to Kill Her Boyfriend. Zelda Cotton, 54, of Tonawanda, was arrested
Saturday [4/27/2019] after calling 911 to ask for ways to kill her boyfriend, police said. She faces charges of
endangering the welfare of an elderly person and criminal possession of a weapon. Her bail has been set at $5,000,
according to ABC7.
sparks panic after accidentally dialling 911 from space sending NASA security teams into a frenzy. André
Kuipers missed out a number when making a call through HQ back on Earth — and ended up connecting to US emergency
services. The astronomical blunder sparked panic at the Johnson Space Centre in Texas and a security team was scrambled
to the room where the call was put through. He had been orbiting Earth in the International Space Station when he tried
to make the call. The 60-year-old spaceman explained how he had pressed 9 to make an outside call. He then tried
to phone internationally by pressing 011, but mistakenly left out the zero.
to use AI to help emergency call operators. With Singapore's emergency dispatch phone operators receiving
almost 200,000 calls for assistance a year, every minute is vital. In an effort to ease their workload, the Singapore
Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and four other government agencies are turning to artificial intelligence, using a speech
recognition system developed to transcribe and log each call received in real time — even if it is in Singlish.
911 Services And Hold Your Providers Accountable For Negligence. A recent story highlights the dangers of a
government being entrusted with personal care of individuals. A 911 dispatcher intentionally hung up on thousands of
callers in need of emergency help. She remained employed without anyone noticing. For a year and a half this went
on, and no one noticed. Homicides, robberies, medical emergencies, etc. All ignored. But the individuals
harmed by her cannot bring personal actions against their government. Because the government has something called
governmental immunity. This law is troubling for advocates of limited government. Basically, irrespective of
whether you pay taxes and abide by the law, you are not entitled to 911 services. Unless, you are imprisoned or
otherwise in government custody. Then you are entitled to these services. Troubling, yes. The courts have
held consistently that the governments have no duty to provide care to you. That means you can't sue for damages.
So no matter how wronged you were by 911 response negligence, you can't sue.
operator who hung up on emergency calls is sentenced to jail. A former 911 operator who hung up the phone
"thousands" of times on people attempting to call in emergencies in Harris County, Texas has been sentenced to jail
time. Crenshanda Williams, 44, was found guilty of interference with emergency telephone calls Wednesday after
"systematically" hanging up the phone on residents of Harris County, KTRK reported. She was sentenced to
10 days in jail and 18 months probation.
system in trapped Ohio teen case may have crashed before call, official says. The 911 dispatching system may
have malfunctioned in the moments before an Ohio teenager called as he was being crushed to death in a minivan, the
Cincinnati Police Department's union president said Saturday [4/14/2018]. Fraternal Order of Police President Daniel Hils
told FOX 19 the computer-aided dispatch system may have gone down as Kyle Plush called 911 two times after being trapped
inside the minivan at the parking lot of his school. "This is not something that I think is terribly unusual.
I mean electronic systems break down, they have to reboot, and they have to do different things," he said.
blamed frozen screen and not being able to hear. The 911 dispatcher who was suspended after failing to help
save an Ohio teen crushed to death in his van has been pictured for the first time as it emerges she was previously commended
for her stellar work. Amber Smith was identified as the call taker who allegedly flubbed the desperate call from
16-year-old Kyle Plush, as he was being crushed to death in his minivan.
dispatcher who answered call from boy crushed by minivan seat complained about job days before incident. The
911 operator who answered a Cincinnati teen's call before he was crushed to death by a minivan seat Tuesday complained on
social media days before the tragedy about having to work overtime. Amber Smith groused about her job on her personal
Facebook page a few times, the most recent being last Friday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Thursday [4/12/2018].
In May 2017, Smith wrote a post "venting" about how working overtime makes her and her co-workers "hate our job."
16, dies after being crushed by minivan seat in school parking lot despite 2 calls to 911. Ohio authorities are
investigating how a student was crushed to death in the back of a minivan at a school parking lot despite calling 911 two
times with his exact location. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is launching an investigation into the death of
16-year-old Kyle Plush, whose body was discovered by his father six hours after he called 911 begging for help and giving
dispatchers the correct description of the minivan and his location.
Invasion Victim Waits Over an Hour for Police to Arrive. [I]n many cities it can take the police a really long
time to properly respond to a 911 call. That's what happened to this Dallas resident, who was recently robbed at
gunpoint in his home after his wife left for the airport. [...] After the men left, Jamie [the victim] fled to his
neighbor[']s house to call 911. Unfortunately, it took the police an hour and 27 minutes to show up. It took
them so long to respond, that his wife had time to come back home from the airport. As he waited, he called 911 multiple
times in an attempt to find out what was taking so long. [...] So why did it take the police so long to respond? It
turns out that hundreds of police officers have left the Dallas Police Department in recent months.
Surge in false 911 calls linked to Apple
watches. Public safety officials in Connecticut are warning about a surge in false 911 calls due to Apple
Watches. The Tolland County Mutual Aid Fire Service sasy that its 911 operators are dealing with the problem at it call
center. They have dubbed the problem "Wrist Dialing" and posted a warning on their Facebook page.
tell Florida woman to 'stop calling 911' hours before her death. Sanford police were called twice on March 27
to mediate an altercation between Latina Verneta Herring, 35, and her boyfriend Allen Dion Cashe, 31, WESH-TV reported.
Police first responded to the duo, who were fighting over keys at a Wawa gas station at 3:20 a.m., and 20 minutes later
responded to a call at Herring's house. Hours after police left the home, Cashe kicked in Herring's door and fired an
AK-47 killing Herring, her 8-year-old son, and injuring her father and 7-year-old son, according to an arrest report obtained
by the Orlando Sentinel. After shooting the family, Cashe fled the scene and shot two bystanders.
Mayor: Impatient callers, staffing issues
adding to 911 problem. The city of Dallas still doesn't know what's causing surges in 911 calls, but the mayor
seemed to put some of the blame on citizens and admitted Friday that the 911 call center has been understaffed. [...] Five
months after the problems started and even with T-Mobile engineers working around the clock this week in Dallas, the city
says it still does not know what's causing spikes in 911 calls.
Dallas says "ghost calls"
to 911 from T-Mobile customers aren't to blame for deaths. An enormous backlog of calls coming from T-Mobile
customers in Dallas' 911 center was thought to be the culprit behind a tragic death in the area, but now, it appears that the
city no longer believes so-called "ghost calls" are to blame. This week, top executives from the Bellevue, Washington-based
cellphone service provider paid a visit to the Texas metropolis to discuss why calls from T-Mobile customers have been flooding
the emergency hotline. Last week, a child died after his babysitter's repeated calls to 911 went unanswered. But it
seems as though the issue has been tied to a "backlog of legitimate 911 calls, not ghost calls, which aren't initiated by a
person," as per a new Wall Street Journal report.
The Editor says...
The city government, the cellular service providers, the FCC, and the customers themselves are all pointing fingers at each other.
After years of training the public to rely on 9-1-1 for assistance with every problem life may present, the 9-1-1 call centers are flooded,
and overflow calls get put on hold. But the news media is missing one of the causes of 9-1-1 overloading, in my opinion. Nearly everyone
over the age of six now carries a cell phone, in many cases because Mommy is at work and nobody even knows who Daddy is. The eight-year-old with
extra time on his hands will eventually wonder if the 9-1-1 service really works. When an adult answers and starts asking questions, the kid
will terminate the call. That's not a malfunction of the 9-1-1 system.
took $1.4B from your phone bill for new 911 system but never delivered. [F]or more than a decade, every person
in New Jersey with a phone has paid a tax on their monthly bill to make it happen, handing over a whopping $1.37 billion to
Trenton. Then came the classic Jersey bait-and-switch. Rather than using the money for 911, lawmakers and governors
have instead raided it time and again to balance the budget, leaving critical upgrades to the state's most important public safety
system on hold. An NJ Advance Media analysis found that of the $1.37 billion the state has collected in 911 fees since
2004, only 15 percent, about $211 million, has been used to help pay for the 911 system.
Investment in the upgrade, known as NextGen 911, has trickled to a halt.
911 operator says "ain't nobody got time for this" and hangs up on callers. A 911 operator is accused of intentionally hanging up
on callers during emergencies simply because she was not in the mood to help, according to Houston police. Crenshanda Williams has been charged
with interference with an emergency telephone call. Williams had been employed as a telecommunicator with the Houston Emergency Center since July
2014, and supervisors began to notice that her logs revealed an abnormally high amount of "short calls," with a duration of less than
20 seconds. Supervisors investigated the recorded call logs, and found that thousands of calls had been disconnected by Williams
between Oct. 2015 and March 2016.
911 Operator that Hung Up On Callers She 'Did Not Want To Talk To' [is] Now Facing Criminal Charges. According
to reports, 43 year old Houston 911 operator Crenshanda Williams is now facing criminal charges doing exactly that. The
investigation into Williams' sickening behavior began after managers of the Houston Emergency Center noticed that the
operator had been involved in thousands of "short calls" between October of 2015 to March of 2016. As law enforcement
began to investigate the oddly short emergency calls in question (which were apparently under 20 seconds in length) it
was discovered that Williams had simply been hanging up the phone because "she did not want to talk to anyone."
Somewhat related: Coast
Guard seeks serial hoaxer whose calls for help cost $500,000. Twenty-eight calls for help in the past two years
have sent the Coast Guard scrambling off the Maryland coast — but in each case the call turned out to be a hoax
that originated from the same person. The Coast Guard said in a press release Friday [7/22/2016] that it has spent
$500,000 responding to the fake distress calls.
man dies after 911 call dismissed as accidental. A Virginia 911 dispatcher center is under investigation after
a man died when no one was sent out in response to his emergency call. According to WJLA-TV, Robert Paulus died of
heart disease in April in his Fredericksburg apartment. Robert Paulus' son Michael told the station that his father
called 911 hours before his death. In the 18-second call to Fredericksburg City Dispatch, the dispatcher tried three
times to make contact with Robert Paulus. After hearing nothing but an unidentifiable sound, the call was labeled a
pocket call, where no call back is required.
"Stressed" liberal professor calls 911 on ROTC.
Prof. Heidi Czerwiec, an associate professor of English at the University of North Dakota (UND), claims she is so enraged
that ROTC cadets are practicing maneuvers at the university, that she plans to call the police every time she sees them.
According to a complaint letter she wrote to the Grand Folks Herald, when Czerwiec first saw "two figures in camo"
outside her office, she threw herself under her desk and desperately called 911 until they verified to her "that yes, in
fact, I've probably just seen ROTC cadets."
what you say to 911. What you say on 911 is recorded. It can and will be used against
you in a court of law. My friend and publisher of numerous books on gun laws, Alan Korwin, says
that in the vast majority of cases where people involved in self defense scenarios end up in serious
legal difficulties, it is what they said on 911 that got them into trouble.
Top 10 reasons to vote Democrat.
[#6] Vote Democrat because you're way too irresponsible to own a gun, and know that your local police are all you
need to protect yourself from murderers and thieves. You're also thankful you have a 911 service that get police to
your home in order to identify your body after a home invasion.
baby dies after EMT refuses to respond to call, officials say. A Detroit EMT has been
fired after refusing to respond to a call to help an 8-month old baby who was not breathing.
According to WDIV, Ann Marie Thomas had finished another call less than a mile away when an EMS
supervisor ordered Thomas to respond to the call for service. It's just a two-minute drive away
at normal speeds, but Thomas took 6 minutes before telling dispatchers that she had parked around the
corner from the scene.
EMT Refuses Call to Do CPR on Dying Child. We certainly hope the family of this little
girl has retained the meanest, nastiest, greediest personal injury lawyer licensed to practice in
the state of Michigan. It's not worth much these days, but they should get the City of Detroit
in a settlement.
Congress alarmed by plans to use Russian
system to route 911 calls. Plans to route 911 location calls via Russia's GLONASS
satellite system have sparked national security concerns among some members of Congress, despite
assurances that its use will be limited and it will help save lives in emergencies. Chairman of
the Armed Services subcommittee, Rep. Mike Rogers, has sent an angry letter to the Secretary of
Defense and Director of National Intelligence (DNI) after learning about the intentions of the US
Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
calls 911 when intruder tries to enter home, waits hours before police show up. [Terri] Bice
believes it wasn't the door, but barking from Molly that stopped the intruder in their tracks. So,
she did what anyone would do. Grabbed her phone and dialed 9-1-1. She got no answer. "We
all know about first responders and what their importance is that's not going to happen if no one
answers," said Bice. She documented her calls for help: two to 911; two to the NOPD's non-emergency
line; and one to NOPD's Second District. The final call was answered and Bice confirms an officer
showed up two hours after the attempted home invasion.
man calls 911 during home invasion, gets transferred to voicemail. A Florida homeowner who
called 911 during a violent home invasion Wednesday morning [6/11/2014] was transferred to voicemail at the
height of the incident when the dispatcher tried to pass the call from the fire department line to police,
MyFoxTampaBay.com reported. Women could be heard screaming during the wait as the recording advised,
"If this is an emergency, hang up and dial 911."
Wait two hours; Buy Gun. On March 16, Teri Bice awoke to the sound of someone trying to
break down the door of her home in New Orleans. She did what most Americans would do:
dial 911. One big problem, there was no answer at the other end.
DC 911 Puts Woman on
Hold... During a Home Invasion. When seconds count, the cops are minutes away or... they put you [on] hold. A Washington DC woman was
recently the victim of a home invasion and when she called the police for help, the 911 operator made her wait. As a reminder, the average crime
happens in one minute.
Sleeping 911 Operator Cost FL County $75,000.
Pasco County, Fl. owes a family $75,000 because of a 911 operator who grew frustrated with a caller and dropped the call to fall asleep
while the caller's girlfriend died due to choking. According to WTSP out of Tampa, Nancy McGhee died while choking on food because
when her boyfriend called 911, the certified operator grew frustrated and passed the call along to his subordinate.
911 Caller Murdered, Now
Dispatcher Is Fired. A Denver (Colo.) 911 dispatcher has been fired for mishandling a 911 call from the
victim of a road rage incident who was later murdered when he returned to the scene of the incident at the dispatcher's
This could happen here, too ... Couple
plan to sue RCMP over 911 reaction. A North Vancouver couple has complained to District of North
Vancouver council and said they will sue the North Vancouver RCMP after officers responded to their hang-up
911 call by breaking down their door, making a forceful arrest and jailing them overnight when the couple
refused to allow a house-search. ... North Vancouver resident Marget Lieder said that in the early
evening of Oct. 25 she was having wine with her partner and a guest when she misdialed the
emergency number, meaning to call 411 instead. ... "I don't want my privacy to be invaded just
because I misdial a number," she said.
And even if you dial 911 when you need it, there are no guarantees. Woman
Waits 35 Minutes On 911 While Intruder Breaks In. A Williamson County woman fought off an
intruder with a vacuum cleaner. She was desperate for help, waiting for almost 35 minutes for law
enforcement to arrive. The single mom described that 35 minutes like the scene of a horror movie
as she watched a man walk from windows to doors doing anything to break in to her home.
Caller desperately seeking help gets sleeping 911 operator instead.
The unidentified employee was placed on administrative leave after a panicked woman whose husband was turning blue called for help — and heard nothing but snores.
"Hello? Hello? Hello?" the caller asked as the sleeping operator snored away on the tape acquired by NBC4 News in Washington. "Now he's all blue," the
crying woman said at one point to the sound of sawing wood.
Teenage hiker's calls ignored; no
street address. Teenage hiker David Iredale used his cell phone to call Australia's equivalent
of 911, seven times pleading for rescue after he became lost in tough scrubland and ran out of water
in 100-degree heat. Each time he got through, he was told he needed to give a street address before
an ambulance could be sent. Shortly after the final call, Ireland collapsed and died of thirst.
Brother Is Tracking You. Many new cell phones come equipped with tracking devices that
can pinpoint the location of the phone to within 30 feet. The feature offers lots of
possibilities both to users and law enforcement. ... Even the simplest phones now have enhanced
911 capability mandated by federal law, which can detect a caller's location within a broad area
through triangulated radio signals sent to cell towers.
Pocket-dialed 911 calls increasingly common.
Police here in Ontario, Canada, have been seeing a substantial increase in the number of false-alarm calls to the emergency
phone number 911 when no call was intended at all — "pocket dialing" ... In Toronto, about 10% of 911 calls
in 2011 were pocket-dialed calls.
calls phone alarm 'dangerous'. An Austin woman who dialed 911 recently discovered what she said
could be a fatal flaw in some new cell phones. "I think it's a danger to everyone," she says. Carol,
who asked that her last name not be used for fear of making herself or her land a target for vandals, called
for help recently when she arrived at some vacant property she owns in east Austin and found her security
Verizon phones make an audible alarm when 911 is
dialed. Just the thing for those hostage and robbery situations — I don't think:
"The alarm is not ear-splitting, but it is loud enough to be heard at least several yards away." Verizon
claims the FCC requires this. The FCC says it's not that stupid.
Amazing: We CAN live without 9-1-1. No Deaths Related to 911 "Total
Failure". There were no reported deaths as a result of the "total failure" of 911 call centers throughout northern Virginia this
weekend. Residents in the City of Manassas, Manassas Park, Vienna and Fairfax and Prince William counties were told to call alternate phone
numbers, send emails or drive to their nearest police or fire station if they had an emergency.