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Prank reveals fatal police fail

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Prank reveals fatal police fail
A call about a fake emergency in Kansas led a SWAT team to the home of Andrew Finch, who was then shot and killed by an officer after he walked out of his front door. The hoax was part of a prank known as “swatting” and Finch was an innocent man. Kade Crockford of the Massachusetts ACLU focuses on privacy, technology and policing and she joined Salon’s Alyona Minkovski on “Salon Now” to discuss the problem. “There’s a reason why swatting is such an effective tactic,” Crockford said. “It’s because police departments across the country have, largely in the dark,...
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