Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

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

Posted by M. C. on June 7, 2018

“Attempted Murder”. Because it is likely the militarized police will kill, no matter what.

By Joe Jarvis

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

But something just happened to David Hogg that is a bigger threat to Americans than mass shootings. He was “Swatted.”

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

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

That call turned out to be false.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Wall Street Journal summarizes:

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

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

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

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

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

The ACLU reports:

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

baby burned by stun grenade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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