cevad ([personal profile] cevad) wrote2017-06-30 08:11 am
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I was SWATed last night.

I want to bed really early last night, 6:30 or so, so I was sound asleep when I was woken up by the police pounding on my door at 10:36. Apparently I was accused of running around the apartment building naked, pounding on people's doors and making a ruckus. Someone claimed they saw a person come into my apartment. Thankfully, it didn't take them long to go away after I invited them to check and make sure I really was the only person in my apartment. I hadn't locked the door last night, I will from now on, I think.
I found myself in a strange state of mind during this whole event, sort of like I was outside myself looking on as things happened to someone else. I remember looking at the flashlight beams sweeping across my apartment and thinking it could have been a scene out of Twin Peaks. It took until 12:30 or later before I progressed through feeling detached to upset to finally being calm enough to return to bed. But during the calm-down time I did go over my security camera footage. Last month I found it in the clearance bin at Walmart and played with enough to realise I had payed too much, and had left it clipped to a computer case pointing nowhere in particular. But it did capture some audio of the police invasion.

This is the second time this has happened. Last time it was an accusation of running around out behind the apartment building waving a gun around.

So, does anyone have any experience or suggestions on how to deal with this?? Is there anything I can do?

AV here: https://youtu.be/d5MfLLzaBLk
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[personal profile] bikergeek 2017-06-30 03:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Holy shit.

Is there some neighbor, or maybe an online crank, who has it in for you and has decided to elevate some kind of pissing match?
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[personal profile] bikergeek 2017-06-30 04:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Sometimes being a hermit or being asocial is enough for someone who's really bored or really hateful to want to bully you or fuck with you, sadly. Some people never progress beyond sixth grade.
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[personal profile] rmd 2017-06-30 04:30 pm (UTC)(link)
While it doesn't sound like you're the victim of a full-on Internet Hate Mob, it sounds like someone may be fucking with you. The folks over at crashoverridenetwork.com might have suggestions on how to talk to your local law enforcement and let them know this has happened before and you're concerned. You can email them at help@crashoverridenetwork.com
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Nothing useful to suggest

[personal profile] khatru 2017-07-01 10:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Just acknowledging that's seriously fucked, and was part of our paranoia when the kids were little, tho our Evil Authority of (non)choice was DYFS. (Division of Youth and Family Services).

And I can't imagine living in a multi-unit dwelling where I don't know all the other people and leaving my door unlocked. Tho that may be more growing up in NYC metro area.
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Re: Overreacted?

[personal profile] khatru 2017-07-03 11:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Hmm. Pity there's no clue wrt ID naked guy.