Swatting

April 12, 2018 - 5:02 pm
The police officer who fired the shot that killed a man during a hoax emergency call will not face criminal charges. District Attorney Marc Bennett announced the decision Thursday, saying there was reasonable concern at the time Andrew Finch, 28, may have been armed with a weapon. The unarmed...
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March 17, 2018 - 1:05 am
Billboards have been seen in Wichita demanding justice for the 'swatting' death of Andrew Finch. The red and black billboards read: 'ANDREW FINCH IS DEAD. IF YOU BELIEVE IN JUSTICE, IT'S TIME TO FILE CHARGES.' Andrew Finch was killed when someone called in fake information to Wichita Police, who...
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March 10, 2018 - 12:53 am
The City of Wichita, in response to a lawsuit filed in federal court on behalf of the family of Andrew Finch, insists that he was shot because he did not follow officer instructions. Finch was killed as the result of a swatting prank, after a caller told police someone inside the home where he...
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March 08, 2018 - 8:05 am
Congressman Ron Estes (R-Kansas) released the following statement following the release of the Preventing Swatting and Protecting Our Communities Act, also known as the Finch Memorial Act: "The swatting incident here in Wichita and others across the country highlight the need for a federal law that...
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February 24, 2018 - 3:12 am
Lawmakers in the house have passed a bill that will increase the penalty for anyone who makes a swatting call that results in death or extreme injury. Representative John Carmichael, one of the lawmakers who introduced the bill said that the law in Kansas was really not designed, initially, at...
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January 30, 2018 - 2:13 pm
Kansas Representatives John Whitmer and Patty Markley along with principal sponsor John Carmichael on Tuesday jointly introduced House Bill 2581, a bill to address swatting; the bill was introduced in Topeka in the House Judiciary Committee. The bill would create new law which would make life-...
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January 22, 2018 - 7:19 pm
The family of a Kansas man fatally shot by police at the door of his home after a hoax emergency call has sued the city of Wichita and the unidentified officers involved. The federal lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court of Kansas seeks unspecified damages related to the Dec. 28 death of Andrew...
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January 20, 2018 - 5:08 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker is pushing for tougher penalties after a death in Kansas that resulted from a prank call to police. Republican Rep. Bill Kidd of Independence has filed legislation to hold pranksters civilly and criminally liable if they make a call resulting in an...
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January 15, 2018 - 9:23 pm
Overland Park police say a call from a man claiming he shot a relative was a hoax. Police spokesman Officer John Lacy says dispatchers received a call Monday morning from a man who said he shot a relative inside a home and he would shoot police if they showed up. Officers surrounded the home but...
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January 14, 2018 - 2:55 am
The attorney representing the family of Andy Finch says the family blames the Wichita police officer who shot him, not the prank caller, for his death. Civil Rights Attorney Andrew M. Stroth, who is representing the Finch family, said that "The Wichita Police Department bears responsibility for the...
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