SWAT Raids Counter-Strike Player Live on Twitch

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SWAT Raids Counter-Strike Player Live on Twitch

Having the cops show up is an acceptable reason to go AFK.

Beyond just gaming, the ubiquitous Twitch stream captures all the mundane bits of life that go on around it. In this case, it caught a player getting raided by the police.

During a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive match, streamer Jordan Gilbert had to deal with an actual counter-terrorist rush when a SWAT team raided his house.

Apparently, Gilbert, AKA n0thing, was on the receiving end of a fake police tip, also known as swatting. In the brief clip, you can see the SWAT team, armed with weapons familiar to any CS player, bust into his room, as a huge "TERRORIST WIN" message displays on his screen. Meanwhile, his teammates complain about Gilbert being AFK.

You can watch the full stream for context. At 1:39, you see Gilbert ditches his headphones and runs out of the room. At 1:56, he returns and informs his audience that everything's ok, and he has "a good understanding with the police station now."

Source: Twitch via Kotaku

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If only I had the power to summon SWAT teams to the houses of my online opponents when I'm losing....

Dragonlayer:
If only I had the power to summon SWAT teams to the houses of my online opponents when I'm losing....

EA will probably add that in their next MT game.

Seriously, fuck the assholes who do this. Setting aside how it is an incredible waste of police time and resources, it is an incredibly dangerous situation your putting that person (and every person in that house) into. He's incredibly fortunate no one was hurt.

I hope the idiot who called was dumb enough to use a traceable phone number. Let the SWAT pay him a visit.

I really hate these assholes who do this to people. Its a waste on everyone. What about the people who really need SWAT?

Anyone who performs swating deserves to be kicked in the balls for being a waste to humanity :/

One of these days, someone is going to get killed because of this. Seriously, how much of a butthurt piece of shit do you have to be to call the fucking SWAT team on someone who's beating you at a video game... And then people wonder why law enforcement treats everyone as a criminal first and a citizen later. It's because of dumbass kids pulling this kind of shit. People who do this bullshit should be charged with attempted murder because that's essentially what it is.

A fine for doing this kind of stuff should be freakin' massive. What kind of moron does something like this? The US police is already notorious for shooting first and asking questions later, it's almost a miracle that no one got hurt. On top of that you're forcing them to waste resources on a bogus call when somebody out there might actually need a SWAT team.

Th37thTrump3t:
One of these days, someone is going to get killed because of this. Seriously, how much of a butthurt piece of shit do you have to be to call the fucking SWAT team on someone who's beating you at a video game... And then people wonder why law enforcement treats everyone as a criminal first and a citizen later. It's because of dumbass kids pulling this kind of shit. People who do this bullshit should be charged with attempted murder because that's essentially what it is.

People have already been killed by this sort of thing.

Ugh. Again? How often does that shit happen?

Th37thTrump3t:
One of these days, someone is going to get killed because of this. Seriously, how much of a butthurt piece of shit do you have to be to call the fucking SWAT team on someone who's beating you at a video game... And then people wonder why law enforcement treats everyone as a criminal first and a citizen later. It's because of dumbass kids pulling this kind of shit. People who do this bullshit should be charged with attempted murder because that's essentially what it is.

Was it specifically because of the game, though?

In any case, you don't do that, yeah. However, there's plenty of cases where SWAT just hits the wrong house, and random innocents get beaten up or burnt by flashbangs.

Not long ago SWAT tossed a flashbang into a crib where a baby was sleeping during a raid.

IanDavis:
In the brief clip, you can see the SWAT team, armed with weapons familiar to any CS player, bust into his room, as a huge "TERRORIST WIN" message displays on his screen.

As bad the whole situation is for the guy and how much the guy that did the call deserves punishment - THAT coincidence there is kinda funny.

Ah swatting, the only prank more funny and harmless than the old lighting your friends house on fire while he sleeps prank.

Th37thTrump3t:
People who do this bullshit should be charged with attempted murder because that's essentially what it is.

Agreed wholeheartedly.

It's deliberately manufacturing a situation where armed, nervous men smash down an innocents door and charge in. When SWAT raids go bad, people fucking die. Maybe the person who got "swatted" because he was holding something that sorta kinda looked like a gun, maybe one of the officers because they didn't identify themselves as cops and someone in the house had a very understandable reaction to armed people breaking in and went for a gun.

kajinking:
Ah swatting, the only prank more funny and harmless than the old lighting your friends house on fire while he sleeps prank.

STOP GIVING PEOPLE IDEAS.

You know if this take off it's al your fault.

One thing is when 4chan raids someone and orders pay-on-delivery pizza to someone's house... another is making false accusations that send in armed police to someone's house. I mean, damn.

thaluikhain:

Th37thTrump3t:
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Was it specifically because of the game, though?

In any case, you don't do that, yeah. However, there's plenty of cases where SWAT just hits the wrong house, and random innocents get beaten up or burnt by flashbangs.

The kid who did it went and bragged about it on Twitter.

I know this is going to be pretty dam harsh coming from me but why are these people allowed to breath the air we breathe?, I mean they are useless sacks of shit that do this out of losing a mere video game or for complete shits and giggles which by then is dark anyway, they won't learn their lesson because they will always try to find another way or another reason to become a chode, hell most of 4chan thinks it's great to do this an encourages countless ideas, this whole swatting certainly wasn't a thing during the early days of gaming, not even most of last gen since it seems to be becoming sadly more common now.

What needs to happen is the people who do this are to be tracked down, beaten to such a bloody pulp that they won't ever want to step out of line again, also ban them from technology in general, let them live being a hermit for the rest of their pathetic worthless lives, as far as I can see the people that pull that shit are worthless scum.

I'm also going to be that guy and say part of this is because of shitty upbringings, I mean who does this shit and lives a perfectly well disciplined life?, certainly not the guys pulling this.

Th37thTrump3t:

thaluikhain:

Th37thTrump3t:
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Was it specifically because of the game, though?

In any case, you don't do that, yeah. However, there's plenty of cases where SWAT just hits the wrong house, and random innocents get beaten up or burnt by flashbangs.

The kid who did it went and bragged about it on Twitter.

...is there an equivalent of the Darwin Awards for stupid criminals? Because I think that guy wins all of the awards. ALL OF THEM.

OT: Why is this even a thing? A prank pizza call I get, but sending a team of highly trained officers with deadly weapons is not a joke anymore!

Gearhead mk2:
...is there an equivalent of the Darwin Awards for stupid criminals? Because I think that guy wins all of the awards. ALL OF THEM.

Not quite, a few of them have to be left to the guy who robbed a place and checked his Facebook profile at THE SCENE OF THE CRIME and didn't even close the browser window before he left.

So nobody's disgruntled with the fact that, in the US, if the police get a random call, from anybody, they consider it their right to raid your house armed? Really?

Ok.

Th37thTrump3t:

thaluikhain:

Th37thTrump3t:
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Was it specifically because of the game, though?

In any case, you don't do that, yeah. However, there's plenty of cases where SWAT just hits the wrong house, and random innocents get beaten up or burnt by flashbangs.

The kid who did it went and bragged about it on Twitter.

Oh did he now? I'm sure his defense lawyer is going to absolutely love that. Seriously, that is utterly unacceptable. Not only did they endanger someone for about the most petty conceivable reason, they've also put themselves in a situation where the police are less likely to respond to complaints from anyone using that phone number. Way to go, you utter ********** ****.

Gearhead mk2:
OT: Why is this even a thing? A prank pizza call I get, ...

I don't get the prank pizza call either; it's not as if the recipient is on the hook for the pizza. Best case scenario is a minor annoyance to a corporate chain, but more likely you've (depending on the size of the order) just wiped out the days profits for the pizzeria, and worst case royally screwed the delivery person. In any case, none of the victims are even the target of the angst.

Shadow-Phoenix:
I know this is going to be pretty dam harsh coming from me but why are these people allowed to breath the air we breathe?, I mean they are useless sacks of shit that do this out of losing a mere video game or for complete shits and giggles which by then is dark anyway, they won't learn their lesson because they will always try to find another way or another reason to become a chode, hell most of 4chan thinks it's great to do this an encourages countless ideas, this whole swatting certainly wasn't a thing during the early days of gaming, not even most of last gen since it seems to be becoming sadly more common now.

What needs to happen is the people who do this are to be tracked down, beaten to such a bloody pulp that they won't ever want to step out of line again, also ban them from technology in general, let them live being a hermit for the rest of their pathetic worthless lives, as far as I can see the people that pull that shit are worthless scum.

I'm also going to be that guy and say part of this is because of shitty upbringings, I mean who does this shit and lives a perfectly well disciplined life?, certainly not the guys pulling this.

Alright there, Judge Dredd, you may want to calm down just a little bit....

Zulnam:
So nobody's disgruntled with the fact that, in the US, if the police get a random call, from anybody, they consider it their right to raid your house armed? Really?

Ok.

Usually swatters call with bomb threats which the police takes extremely seriously.

RatherDull:

Zulnam:
So nobody's disgruntled with the fact that, in the US, if the police get a random call, from anybody, they consider it their right to raid your house armed? Really?

Ok.

Usually swatters call with bomb threats which the police takes extremely seriously.

Although such threats should be taken very seriously. One would think that they would investigate before storming a random house with lethal weapons. Especially in the US where there is a huge risk that the person living there is armed even if they are innocent. Btw, what happened to the old "Surround the house and use a megaphone to give them a chance to surrender"? Surely acting like actual police and not a mafia hit squad would bring down the number of innocent lives being lost.

SanguiniusMagnificum:

Shadow-Phoenix:
I know this is going to be pretty dam harsh coming from me but why are these people allowed to breath the air we breathe?, I mean they are useless sacks of shit that do this out of losing a mere video game or for complete shits and giggles which by then is dark anyway, they won't learn their lesson because they will always try to find another way or another reason to become a chode, hell most of 4chan thinks it's great to do this an encourages countless ideas, this whole swatting certainly wasn't a thing during the early days of gaming, not even most of last gen since it seems to be becoming sadly more common now.

What needs to happen is the people who do this are to be tracked down, beaten to such a bloody pulp that they won't ever want to step out of line again, also ban them from technology in general, let them live being a hermit for the rest of their pathetic worthless lives, as far as I can see the people that pull that shit are worthless scum.

I'm also going to be that guy and say part of this is because of shitty upbringings, I mean who does this shit and lives a perfectly well disciplined life?, certainly not the guys pulling this.

Alright there, Judge Dredd, you may want to calm down just a little bit....

OT: This is actually the first time ever heard of this being done as a prank. What a dumb fucking thing to do, like seriously, what kind of douchebag would do shit like this?

Angelowl:

RatherDull:

Zulnam:
So nobody's disgruntled with the fact that, in the US, if the police get a random call, from anybody, they consider it their right to raid your house armed? Really?

Ok.

Usually swatters call with bomb threats which the police takes extremely seriously.

Although such threats should be taken very seriously. One would think that they would investigate before storming a random house with lethal weapons. Especially in the US where there is a huge risk that the person living there is armed even if they are innocent. Btw, what happened to the old "Surround the house and use a megaphone to give them a chance to surrender"? Surely acting like actual police and not a mafia hit squad would bring down the number of innocent lives being lost.

I was actually under the impressions that the calls tend to allege an imminent danger situation with an armed assailant eg "HELP!!! He has a knife and is trying to kill me and my children". If it is a real call, the police cannot afford to wait and when they go in they have to be prepared for walking into a lethal situation.

Kungfu_Teddybear:

SanguiniusMagnificum:

Shadow-Phoenix:
I know this is going to be pretty dam harsh coming from me but why are these people allowed to breath the air we breathe?, I mean they are useless sacks of shit that do this out of losing a mere video game or for complete shits and giggles which by then is dark anyway, they won't learn their lesson because they will always try to find another way or another reason to become a chode, hell most of 4chan thinks it's great to do this an encourages countless ideas, this whole swatting certainly wasn't a thing during the early days of gaming, not even most of last gen since it seems to be becoming sadly more common now.

What needs to happen is the people who do this are to be tracked down, beaten to such a bloody pulp that they won't ever want to step out of line again, also ban them from technology in general, let them live being a hermit for the rest of their pathetic worthless lives, as far as I can see the people that pull that shit are worthless scum.

I'm also going to be that guy and say part of this is because of shitty upbringings, I mean who does this shit and lives a perfectly well disciplined life?, certainly not the guys pulling this.

Alright there, Judge Dredd, you may want to calm down just a little bit....

OT: This is actually the first time ever heard of this being done as a prank. What a dumb fucking thing to do, like seriously, what kind of douchebag would do shit like this?

Ashton Kutcher. I remember "swatting" becoming famous when he started to "swat" some celebrities on Punk'd. Because obviously calling a team of heavily trained, trigger-happy, dog-killing (seriously, these guys apparently have a "shoot on sight" mentality when they see a dog during a mission) paramilitaries just for the lulz is considered comedy gold by some people....

This is why we can't have nice things. I'm fucking sick of this kind of shit, and I honestly CANNOT believe that ANYONE could be THIS petty and stupid. I know people think the phrase is dumb, but this is the shit that makes me lose faith in humanity. THIS KIND OF CRAP is one of many reasons why I, and so many other people these days, are so fucking cynical.

That did not look like a legit raid... no actual SWAT team would casually strolls through the house checking once under the bead during a damn raid. It is possible he calmed them down but I would far sooner call this a cosplay prank.

And if we aren't clear why someone would even do that, this stream is now advertised on almost every gaming site.

zalithar:

Gearhead mk2:
...is there an equivalent of the Darwin Awards for stupid criminals? Because I think that guy wins all of the awards. ALL OF THEM.

Not quite, a few of them have to be left to the guy who robbed a place and checked his Facebook profile at THE SCENE OF THE CRIME and didn't even close the browser window before he left.

Or the guy who tried to hold up a police station with his 'gun' being his hand stuffed in his pocket.

On topic... wow. This is pretty awful stuff to do. Dangerous,, wasteful... whether your being spiteful over losing a game or just doing it for the Lulz... not good. not good at all.

Zulnam:
So nobody's disgruntled with the fact that, in the US, if the police get a random call, from anybody, they consider it their right to raid your house armed? Really?

Ok.

Well, in a country where Police Officers get gunned down at the rate of two per week and mass shootings take place at the rate of one every other month, I can understand why the Police would be particularly humourless about these things.

Sods law says that the first time you don't take a phone call about a kid with guns threatening to murder everybody at face value is the one time it's completely true.

Having said that, they do need to figure out a way of screening these calls somehow. When it's happening enough to have it's own name it's happening too much, plus ultimately it's the Police who come out of it looking paranoid and violent.

...and this is why the whole "win or else" mentality needs to die alongside "the customer is always right" and "EA has our best interests in mind" as valid points of view...

Angelowl:

RatherDull:

Zulnam:
So nobody's disgruntled with the fact that, in the US, if the police get a random call, from anybody, they consider it their right to raid your house armed? Really?

Ok.

Usually swatters call with bomb threats which the police takes extremely seriously.

Although such threats should be taken very seriously. One would think that they would investigate before storming a random house with lethal weapons. Especially in the US where there is a huge risk that the person living there is armed even if they are innocent. Btw, what happened to the old "Surround the house and use a megaphone to give them a chance to surrender"? Surely acting like actual police and not a mafia hit squad would bring down the number of innocent lives being lost.

As nielas already said, Swatting usually involves fabricating an immediate murder in progress, or an active shooter on on the property, something that pretty much every law and procedure in the Western world requires you to go in as soon as possible, and be prepared for a deadly situation.

Surrounding the house and calling in with a bullhorn is only done if the situation involves hostages, and a hostage taker willing to make demands, in the case of an active shooter or ongoing murder, surrounding the premises basically just allows the killer to murder everyone inside before generally killing themselves after everyone on the premises is dead.

Swatting is something that's been around for awhile, and those who do the research generally know what to say to get SWAT to show up armed, they aren't calling to report that the homeowner is growing pot, as that won't result in a SWAT team kicking down the door. Swatting pranksters know that you have to make it look like people are already dying and the perpetrator is heavily armed to get the response they desire.

The police aren't acting like a mafia hit squad when they respond like this, they are acting in defense of their own lives and those around them. They don't want to end up like the multiple murders that happen every year that involve cops responding to reports on more minor crimes, and get gunned down by panicking homeowners or criminals when they show up to a house and just knock on the door, they especially aren't going to take half measures if someone is reporting an active shooter in the vicinity.

Situations like this might be able to be mitigated if dispatchers make it a habit of tracing phone calls to make sure they are coming from in the vicinity, or at least making sure that the calls are coming from the same city, but I don't know the technical hurdles that might be involved in something like that, and that would only really stop people from swatting people in different cities, and even then only if they are using a landline as cell phones would generally take too long to trace before the SWAT team has already shown up.

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