Welcome to Littleton, Colorado.
Home of the police who ten years ago staged outside a high school and let people bleed to death after a pair of low-life human debris shot a whole bunch of people in the school, instead of storming the place immediately.
Thankfully, lessons have been learned nationwide from their poor tactics.
Today, they storm into a business and throw obviously unarmed people to the ground while pointing loaded rifles at them.
They’re almost dressed up enough for battle on the streets of Fallujah – one of them complete with helmet.
Because storming a building full of geeky computer gamers can be really dangerous as a computer software box might fall on one’s head.
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (ABC7) – An online gamer’s video shows the moment armed officers burst into an office in Littleton Wednesday afternoon to investigate a report of an “active shooter.” The report proved to be false, but the investigation caused nearby schools to enact security procedures and businesses to be evacuated.
Officers were searching the office buildings at West Mineral Avenue and Broadway after a report of an active shooter was phoned in but found no evidence of a shooting. They now suspect this was a false report and are searching for the person who used a landline phone to call in the hoax.
“The caller claimed to have shot two co-workers, held others hostage, and threatened to shoot them. He stated that if the officers entered he would shoot them as well,” the Littleton Police Department said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
Here’s the NY Daily News’ description:
Police were on high alert for good reason. An anonymous caller to 911 said he had shot two co-workers and was holding others hostage at gunpoint, cops said in a statement.
“He stated that if the officers entered he would them as well,” police said.
Here’s the video of it happening:
How about using a little, old-fashioned common sense? Like sending a couple of squad cars over and knocking on a door. Police and the media have cited hundreds of cases of “SWATTING” yet nobody ever thinks, “Hey, this call sounds about as legitimate as that email I got saying I won the lottery.”
Oh, but you have to be “careful” and you don’t wanna risk your officers if the call is real? That makes as much sense that responding to those Nigerian scam emails because someday one might be real.
Just wait until one of these SWATTING incidents ends with a homeowner or occupant killing one or more of the SWAT cops and wounding a few more, thinking they are the victim of a takeover home invasion.
Maybe it’ll happen in Littleton, CO and that city will have the infamous honor of being home to two major police screw ups that have led to nationwide changes in police policy and procedures.
They certainly seem to have enough foul-mouthed, tough-guy SWAT cops in that city it seems.
Furthermore, pointing rifles at law-abiding citizens who are obviously not a threat should be a felony, not common SWAT practice.