Kansas City PD SWAT Propaganda

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Eapen Thampy

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22 Responses to “Kansas City PD SWAT Propaganda”

  1. #1 |  Burgers Allday | 

    Terrible “announcement.” As bad as the Todd Blair one.

    Bullhorns, troops. Sirens, troops. Lightbar, troops.

  2. #2 |  Fatwa Arbuckle | 

    So much fail in just three minutes.

    Doing phony-baloney “outreach” while dressed in full tac gear strikes me as a profoundly dumb PR move. ‘Cause nothing says “warm and fuzzy” like some steroid-glazed donut-swiller dressed for battle trying to allay the citizens’ concerns after breaking down a neighbor’s door.

    I’m surprised the little boy wasn’t pepper sprayed or tased after touching Sgt. Dredd, officer safety being paramount and all. “He was going for my gun!”

    And then there’s the boot-licking lady being “interviewed” on her porch.

    “Why, yes…I do feel safer when unaccountable paramilitary goons swarm into my neighborhood hopped-up on adrenaline and self-righteousness.”

    Plus, Officer Shelly the Spokesow is not simply bad, she’s dreadful. Particularly while she’s cheerfully prattling “In the next few seconds they may be forced to take a life or lose one.” (And why didn’t they remove her enormous radio mic for the taping?)

    Lastly, I’d surmise that some cop’s nephew – who’s an aspiring filmmaker – got way overpaid for this pathetic propaganda piece.

  3. #3 |  Burgers Allday | 

    Oh, hi, Eapen!

    Brandon Raub got released. That might be worth a post, depending on your workload and interests.

  4. #4 |  Marty | 

    I love the ‘watch Officer Dickhead show compassion…’ part. This would work well for a wife-beaters support video- ‘watch Wayne hug his wife after he he had to punish her for not doing the dishes…’

  5. #5 |  Dave Krueger | 

    The bleeped out the part where the stormtrooper tells the kid, “Shut up kid or we’ll beat the shit outa you just like we did your mom and dad. Do you have a dog?”

  6. #6 |  Dave Krueger | 

    “…They’re willing to greet us and invite us into their homes. It might not happen on the first visit or the second visit, but once they realize we’re going to keep harassing them, by god, they’ll come around if they know what’s good for them…”

  7. #7 |  Matthew | 

    Know how I know it’s fake?

    They announced.

  8. #8 |  Bill | 

    Did anyone see the whole episode that this was taken from? They case a suspects house, they see a dog in teh backyard (Pitbull), this guy’s counterpart says Immediately “The dog will need to be neutralized”. When they come back and raid the house, one of the cops goes to the back and the dog is so attention/affection starved, the ‘vicious’ Pitbull was wiggling on his back playing with the cop. They bust the lead guy’s balls saying “Some vicious dog” and his look would just make you barf – it’s like “Maybe it’s not vicious but should have been neutralized anyway’. Not playing secret mind reader, pretty sure anyone watching would think the same – the guy is seriously angry for being shown up.

    And apparently there are two teams, this team and another one. The guy above was actually the ‘nice’ one. B/c you know, this is just a position any nice guy would gravitate to and would have no problem staying in.

  9. #9 |  Hayeksghost | 

    Holy Crap! I use to live next door to that lady that the cop is talking to at the 1:29 mark in the video

  10. #10 |  Other Sean | 

    That dude had a creepy, somewhat too-polished media savvy, but the girl sounds like she learned her broadcasting technique from watching “Wake Up Wakefield!”

  11. #11 |  (B)oscoH, Yogurt Eater | 

    Totally fake. I heard this on Phil Hendrie last night. It’s one of his bits.

  12. #12 |  Bill | 

    I guess the kid’s face was blurred because their outreach wasn’t effective enough for mom and dad to let him be in the video with the friendly neighborhood outreach guys.

  13. #13 |  liberranter | 

    It pains me to say this, but until more “typical American families” experience this paramilitary police-state “outreach,” NOTHING will change. I especially would love to see the “boot-licking lady,” as Fatwa Arbuckle called her, become the next person these steroid-addled cretins decide to “protect and serve.” Does anyone know her address? I might just make an anonymous tipster call to the KCPD and tell them that her house is a hive of drug and weapons trafficking activity.

  14. #14 |  DoubleU | 

    The officer at the beginning and end of the video has black lines under her eyes, Too much work, too much stress.

  15. #15 |  nigmalg | 

    Occupying army.

    Typical pre-raid interview:

    Surprise and confusion is necessary so we catch the subject off guard for the protection of officers. We’ll hit them hard at o’dark thirty when they’re in bed.

    ** house raided. shots fired. **

    Post-raid interview:

    The subject should have been cognizant of the fact that we were police officers and not home invaders. There’s no excuse for not hearing and immediately comprehending the voilent screaming of “police” for those few seconds. The officers have a duty to protect themselves if they’re shot at during a raid and did just that.

    Which is it guys? Is the perp surprised and confused, or aware and alert?

  16. #16 |  Fatwa Arbuckle | 

    liberranter –

    I must sadly agree that until more honest folks are exposed to the exploits of our porcine paramilitary ruffians, things will not change. That having been said, I’d hate for the woman in the video to become a victim of same, especially for no truly valid reason. (But I do understand the temptation.)

    My wife used to be more supportive of the police…until she met me and, as a result, started reading here as well as at policemisconduct.net, policeone.com. etc.

    Double U –

    Perhaps the lady cop has a boyfriend who’s also an LEO and the black lines beneath her eyes are a result of, erm, walking into doors or falling down stairs.

    Which is it guys? Is the perp surprised and confused, or aware and alert?

    “Yeah, whatever…as long as we get to terrorize ‘em, toss the joint and shoot the dog.”

  17. #17 |  MikeV | 

    Maybe they should make another video that shows citizens(perps) how to be properly submissive when the SWAT team kicks their door in, and how to prepare for the inevitable.

    “The KCPC Guide to Being SWATED”
    1. Make sure you have plenty of parking available for multiple police vehicles.
    2. Make sure the door is easy to break down.
    3. Make sure everyone in the house knows to drop to the ground with their hands behind their head so they’re easy to cuff.
    4. Make sure everyone knows to shut up and do exactly what the police say.
    5. Make sure the dogs are tied up, so they’re easy to shoot.
    6. Make sure all your cash is setting in the open so it’s easy to steal.
    7. Whatever you do, don’t say anything about wanting to speak to lawyer; just confess.
    8. Tell the neighbors not to worry or even look out the window, and don’t even think of recording anything.

  18. #18 |  Bergman | 

    The entire point of being hired to do a job, dangerous or otherwise, is to do the job and do it properly. Some jobs are inherently more hazardous than others, but that’s part of the job – Avoiding part of the job because it’s risky means the job is not being done.

    When worker safety becomes more important than getting the job done, the job stops being done properly. If that job is essential to the survival of civilization, then civilization is going to collapse sooner rather than later, as a result of that job not being done.

    Put simply: Police work is dangerous, cowards should not apply.

  19. #19 |  marie | 

    It pains me to say this, but until more “typical American families” experience this paramilitary police-state “outreach,” NOTHING will change.

    Amen. I had no idea that search warrants were served home-invasion style until it happened to us and our attorney explained that all search warrants are done this way.

    The world looks different now.

  20. #20 |  liberranter | 

    Perhaps the lady cop has a boyfriend who’s also an LEO and the black lines beneath her eyes are a result of, erm, walking into doors or falling down stairs.

    That wouldn’t surprise me at all.

    @MikeV: Don’t give them any ideas!

    @Bergman: The point isn’t whether or not police work is “dangerous” (it isn’t, per se, and cops usually face danger only to the extent that they provoke justified aggression – mostly a by-product of insane and immoral “war” on drugs). The point we should be asking is, why should what is going on in these videos be considered a legitimate “job” at all?

    @Marie: “All search warrants are done this way.”

    I sincerely hope that you found a new attorney and that you’ve done your best to ensure that no one you know ever again retains the services of the clown you quoted above. Lawyers like that give the entire sordid profession an even more insipid name than it has already earned. (This person sounds like one of those “courthouse crowd” attorneys who, going into court, tells their client who is facing false felony criminal charges “I can’t afford to piss off the judge or the DA, so we’re going to have to play nice and plead out here.”)

  21. #21 |  marie | 

    liberranter, our attorney was just stating a fact: search warrants are executed this way.

    As for the plea agreement, until you are faced with the choice between 1) a trial you will almost certainly lose and that will get you extra prison time on top of the mandartory minimum because going to trial means you are not accepting responsibility for your crime and 2) pleading to something that will give you less than the MM ….Until that choice is yours to make, you don’t know what you would do. Are you really going to risk ten years MM when you could plead to something that will get you 4 years?

    If you are the guy who still chooses to go to trial, I wish you all the best.

  22. #22 |  Gentry Semper Fi | 

    Hey atleast they’re getting off their @$$es and hitting the street, maybe now Kansas City can become a less crime rid city (Short of Bull Dozing 18th to 63rd between I70 & 71hwy). Maybe become a Miami or Dallas..
    But then again atleast we’re no St. Louis or Detroit

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