Talkin' SWAT on HuffPost Live

The swatting debate.


Last night I went on HuffPost Live to discuss "swatting" -- the potentially lethal practice of faking an emergency call so that a SWAT unit descends on a home where no crime is actually in progress. The other guests included a California state senator, a Florida SWAT cop, and a swatting victim. You can watch it here:

The conversation ranged a bit, but my basic role was to talk about another way SWAT teams are overdeployed: times when they're sent to the "right" house, but not in response to the sorts of dangerous situations that SWAT units were originally created for.