Patterico's Pontifications

9/28/2013

Corey Feldman SWATted — For Real

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:33 am

My usual admiration for the way TMZ gets these stories every time is negated by their sniggering. I don’t even feel like throwing them a link. You can Google it.

The headline of their post? “COREY FELDMAN SWATTED … But It’s Kinda Funny.”

Yeah. A real laugh riot:

Corey Feldman’s pad got swatted last night — and TMZ has slightly scary (yet hilarious) footage of a bath-robed Corey and one of his “angels” getting the shake-down from cops.

Law enforcement sources tell us LAPD got a call of unknown trouble at Feldman’s house — which he’s douchily dubbed the Feldmansion — and responded around 2 AM with multiple cruisers and a chopper.

Corey quickly came out of the house with his arms raised, and got frisked by cops. In typical Feldman-fashion … he had not one, but TWO female companions in lingerie … who were also frisked.

TMZ has dramatic footage of Feldman and one of the women coming out with their hands up and being frisked while a helicopter is heard overhead. It’s not embeddable, which relieves me of the burden of deciding whether to embed it or not. It’s an invasion of privacy, but it also gives the viewer a small glimpse of what the experience is like. Although I am angry at TMZ, some of you may find it worth your while to seek out the TMZ post to see this footage — if only because it helps bring home, in a small way, the reality of these SWATtings.

TMZ calls the footage “hilarious.” I find that description not only callous but entirely inaccurate. But maybe it’s different for me, given my own experience. When I watched the clip, I got flashbacks. My heart started racing as I literally felt the adrenalin flow. I don’t see how anyone can watch this, imagine the events that preceded it, and find it “hilarious.”

The updated and noncomprehensive roll call of the SWATted: Corey Feldman; Paris Hilton (again); Miley Cyrus (again); Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom; Anderson Cooper; Magic Johnson; Mike Rogers; Wolf Blitzer; Ted Lieu; Erik Rush; Ryan Seacrest; Russell Brand; Selena Gomez; Justin Timberlake; Rihanna; Sean Combs; Paris Hilton; Brian Krebs; Clint Eastwood; Chris Brown; the Jenners and Kardashians; Tom Cruise; Simon Cowell; Justin Bieber; Ashton Kutcher; Miley Cyrus; Aaron Walker; Erick Erickson; Mike Stack; and me.

Whoever was doing this was quiet for a while, but they seem to have awakened.

P.S. I meant to report this soon after it happened, but I have been utterly slammed at work. I think things may remain that way for a week or two.

6 Responses to “Corey Feldman SWATted — For Real”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. Harvey Levin is a DOUCHBAG.

    AZ Bob (c99389)

  3. One could wish for TMZ’s office to be SWATed, but I won’t.

    htom (412a17)

  4. I’ve got a little inside dope on the Kutcher swatting. This was performed by a TWELVE year old kid out here in Temecula. Though very smart, the kid has real mental health issues and family problems and started skipping school. He hooked up on line with these hacker communities and to prove himself to them, managed to hack into the system for the hearing impaired and perform this SWAT. I understand there were about a hundred personnel at the Kutcher home. He Swatted a few others too. Now, they took his computer and he faked some remorse, but after continuing to skip school there is still no real consequence. No Juvy per the Judge.

    smokedaddy (7a8a0d)

  5. Why did they put the one woman in handcuffs? Last I checked, anonymous call-in complaints, without more indicia of reliability, are not adequate probably cause for issuance of a search warrant, so what is the legal basis for detaining the woman in cuffs? “Officer safety”? If so, then that would seem to be broad enough to allow physical detention of any individual at any time for any reason.

    There are 2 or 3 separate issues here. One, given that the number of fake calls of serious domestic justifying the overwhelming force sent out probably by now is larger than the number of real, legitimate calls, why are the cops treating these calls as genuine and sending out such large force, rather than sending one guy to knock on the door?

    Sure, you never know, and better safe than sorry, but the dangers (to both cops and innocents) of overreaction and the inherent risks of that kind of deployment are factors to consider too. By this point, I would argue that it is far safer for both the cops and the innocents involved to try a simple knock on the door before doing the full-scale detention involved here.

    Another issue is the militarization of the police. Here, at least, they did not knock down the door and go in with full body-armor, helmeted regalia. But they still showed that their first, foremost, and often only concern is officer safety, even when that risks the lives of innocent people (or even not-so-innocent people who have not yet been even formally charged with a crime).

    And when is the FBI or the LAPD or somebody going to do a far more serious investigation into the person or persons behind this sort of thing? These will continue until a few people get substantial prison terms for making these fake calls.

    PatHMV (0a40e9)

  6. Is it possible that he swatted himself?

    Ken in Camarillo (2c0dee)


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