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2018-01-14 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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nowhere good enough.

A California man accused of making a hoax call in connection to an online quarrel between two “Call of Duty” gamers that led to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man in Kansas has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Tyler Barriss, 25, made his first court appearance in Kansas via video link from jail on Friday following his extradition from Los Angeles. The 25-year-old was also charged with giving false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer. Bond was set at $500,000.

Involuntary manslaughter is the correct charge for him.

However, we still haven't dealt with the "SWAT" team.  None of them have been indicted or charged and they need to be.

Let me remind you that despite the claim in a phone call that the caller had committed a homicide, was threatening to commit two more and had spread gas around the house there was no attempt made to confirm, nor was there any confirmation, that any of the claims were factual.

In fact there was no evidence that any of the claims were factual.  A bare phone call without verification of the caller's identity or location of any sort does not give rise to probable cause -- especially when it is known that caller ID information can be spoofed (if indeed it was.)

Again, not only was the man SWAT shot on his own property, in his own home, he was unarmed and in no way a party to the dispute.  He had absolutely no reason to believe that an armed cadre of cops was descending on his residence.

If the police can do this and get away with it then there is utterly no reason for anyone who answers a knock at the door and finds a police officer there to be believe that they will not be immediately shot without warning, and to act as is both appropriate and reasonable given such a set of facts.

The cops involved -- all of them -- must be indicted, tried and imprisoned for manslaughter as well.

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