If the SWAT team is "pranked" to location A, thus making the SWAT team
unavailable at location B, and someone dies at location "B", is the
prankster legally at risk for the death?
This is a very immature and foolish "prank" to do. I agree with those
who say it should be penalized under the law, if those who do it can be caught
and proven guilty of course. I would say minimum fine of $25,000 and minimum
prison sentence of 1 year. It not only wastes police resources and time, but
also puts peoples' lives at risk. I am glad the police involved in
responding to this call were able to be level headed and reasonable in their
response, and that no one got hurt.
Police,Do you have ANY common sense?If this is a
"national trend" and you are getting a call from the house. Do you
think that MAYBE you could just call the house yourself and verify ANYTHING
before you spend all your time and OUR money rolling out to pounce on people?
Geez. Also, with all the Power tripping cops out there this guy is
lucky he wasn't killed. If he didn't follow your every direction
perfectly one of you would likely have shot him.You guys are quickly
losing credibility. I know you think it's the opposite when you throw
people to the ground and handcuff them for no reason at all other than your
paranoia and training to "control" everything and shoot whomever
doesn't comply, but that is not what we need.Maybe just a
little common sense that isn't so common anymore.
What if real hostage situations get over looked because the actual gunmen inside
call cops and say they are the victims of a prank. "Move along folks....
nothing to see here." I hope they check out every reported threat, no
matter the circumstance. I guess the smartest thing to do is call cops, give an
accounting of who is in the house, tell them you are all on the floor inside and
will not resist arrest. Great, if you know you're being pranked, but what
about the poor people who are taken off-guard? This is ugly.
and six month in jail...
This isn't funny. Someone will get killed over this so-called
"prank". The caller put the people in jeopardy with the false alarm,
and put the officers in jeopardy from an unsuspecting homeowner who may be armed
and unaware that police are responding to the home on a false alarm. It will
only take one mis-communication and someone will die needlessly, just to get
someone a laugh. The police must indeed respond with the idea that it is
founded, and will act accordingly. If confronted by an armed homeowner, they
may shoot. If the homeowner doesn't see that they are police and they
enter the home, the homeowner may shoot the officer as an intruder. There are
so many ways this can go sideways......Find the people who are doing
this, and put them away..let them get their chuckles in a cell for a while and
see how funny it is. Then, let the wrongful death lawsuits begin....
What ought to happen? Task the NSA to find out who did this and then assess
them a $25,000 fine.