Who Killed Andrew Finch? - re #dramaalert
Today we take a look an update on US news coming from Kansas, as Andrew Finch is killed in a swatting prank, arguably caused by a swatter who has since been arrested. Whilst news outlets discuss the importance of cod, playing call of duty or the influence of the video game in this death, we discuss the swatting death in more detail.
Inspirations for this video:
us-first.info/player/video/Z5eLknpnZJmrnqc.html (Swatter has been ARRESTED! #DramaAlert Call of Duty Game Turns Deadly! ( INTERVIEW) by Keemstar / Drama Alert)
us-first.info/player/video/p697e4eZqI6idYE.html (Call of Duty ‘swatting’ death explained - BBC News)
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Andrew Finch was the man who was shot dead by police on the night of the 28th of December, by police, responding to a false call in which the SWAT team were deployed. He was 28, he lived in Wichita, Kansas, and he had two children. All from a hoax.
What had provoked this false call? Well...I’m not surprised, I’m just damn pissed off, it was a bunch of kids pissy over a Call Of Duty game, one of the team threatened to swat the other, the other said go on then, and they did, however the individual who encouraged themselves to be swatted provided the swatters with a false address, which is also not surprising, in fact if anything I’m surprised that the people who called the police were genuinely thick enough to think that someone would provide a legitimate address, but anyway, the team passed the information on to a known swatter: Tyler Barriss. As there are ways to conceal your identity in the case of swatting, they probably thought that handing it over to someone a bit more discrete they would outsmart this other team, but, honestly, it’s beyond stupid.
To make sure the SWAT team were there, Barriss, who also went by the Twitter account Swautistic made the interaction as dramatic as possible, claiming that he had shot his father in the head and that he was holding his mother and brother hostage in the closet, all while having poured gasoline over the house.
Obviously, this wasn’t the case, the police arrived and apprehended Mr. Finch. And according to reports, when he didn’t fully comply with police requests, one officer shot him, he was pronounced dead following transportation to the local hospital.
Swatting is not new, but this story sticks out because of its tragic outcome, one innocent man, killed because a bunch of kids were salty over a game with a one dollar fifty wager. With severe outcomes, comes severe consequences. And as soon as the outcomes were learned every individual involved was looking to point the finger, the swatter, the gamers, law enforcement, scrambling for justification or information that could lead to a clearer picture, but things are never that simple. Who is to blame?
There’s this song called ‘Who Killed Russell Jones?’ by Dolan B, a spoken word piece where he discusses the people who could have contributed to the premature demise of Ol’ Dirty Bastard from a first person perspective, defending their actions as merely participating in the culture. I want you to hold this thought while we take a trip into the current culture that preceded this tragedy.
Swatting is not a rare event, it has been a thing for years now, as Keemstar himself said, the first time hew as ever swatted was in 2010, and he was hardly a big fish back then, plenty of famous streamers and gamers have been the victims of swatting and in fact many would argue that it’s a risk you have to now anticipate if you want to participate in the industry. Once again, a majority of people realise that it’s a scummy thing to do, but gamers think “Well, it doesn’t have any particular long term consequences, it’s a dick thing to do, but they’re probably dicks anyway, so let’s do it”.
Jan 7, 2018