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VIDEO: Podcaster Tim Pool Gets Swatted During a Live Broadcast

VIDEO: Podcaster Tim Pool Gets Swatted During a Live Broadcast

“Someone called Police and said they shot and killed two people and were going to kill more”

This is amazing. Tim Pool hosts an extremely popular live podcast on YouTube on most week nights. During his broadcast on Thursday, police showed up at his studio because he had been swatted. Someone called the police and claimed two people had been shot at the studio.

The Washington Examiner has details:

Podcaster Tim Pool was raided by officers while on the air Thursday in what turned out to be a swatting incident.

Officers raided Pool’s home during a live taping of his podcast after an anonymous source reported people had been shot and killed at Pool’s house in Maryland. Several officers responded to investigate what turned out to be a swatting incident, defined by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office as “a false 911 call reporting a serious incident to elicit a significant response from police and other emergency services.”

“Someone called Police and said they shot and killed two people and were going to kill more,” Pool tweeted Thursday evening. “Police were told not to enter without a warrant but said they didn’t need one due to exigent circumstances.”

Pool’s co-host Lydia Smith received a text message claiming the household had been raided during the Thursday broadcast of Timcast IRL. Smith’s comments were followed by an officer passing briefly in front of the camera. Pool stepped out of camera view to speak to an officer while his hosts discussed the dangers and risks involved with such raids, according to the video.

Here’s the moment where the police entered the studio:

Someone needs to go to jail over this.

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Remember that. Police don’t need a warrant to enter your home to investigate a fictional incident. I

Sure, if it were real, then you might tell them to go away because someone has a gun to your head. But at the same time, it’s easy to see how this could be misused. “Oh, I need a warrant to get in to that guy’s house? Hang on a minute while I call in a fake active shooting incident.”

    henrybowman in reply to irv. | January 8, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    What you mean “could,” Kemosabe?

    If you’ve been tracking the abuse of “red flag” gun laws (and I don’t expect you to, I do it so you don’t have to), you’d know that these laws — all originally sold to the public as “a way for momma to inform the cops that gun-owning grandpa is getting erratic” — are (once passed) way more often than not used by police, who invoke a red flag “complaint” of their own against a target, to end-run all the “probable cause” and “warrant” paperwork necessary to invade a private home. And if they don’t do it, politicians actually get on their asses now for not doing it.

    Did you think only the family could make the call that “suspended” another family member’s constitutional rights? Fooled you.