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Armed to the teeth, they crashed into the house like their life depended on it.
And as far as they were concerned it did - because officers in Evansville, Indiana, believed their police station was in serious danger.
But, after flinging in two stun grenades and piling into the front room, what they found was an innocent - albeit bewildered - teenage girl.
She was watching television. So much for the hot lead.
Even more embarrassingly for police though, they had been so eager to show off their decisive action they invited television cameras and the local press.
The officers were acting on postings left on online discussion forum Topix threatening violence against local police.
So they sent in the SWAT team to execute a search warrant. The only problem was the threats were probably just a prank made by someone in the same street.
Officers were filmed smashing the screen door and a window, tossing a flashbang stun grenade into the house and then a second for good measure.
Stephanie Milan, 18, was inside. She managed to stay calm because she knew her family hadn’t done anything wrong but she was still stunned.
Moments later police realised they had made a terrible mistake and Miss Milan and her grandmother Louise were released without charge.
After a little bit more digging, the force realised that the threats had come from a house on the same street.
Originally posted by Corruption Exposed
In this day and age most people should know better by now that you should lock your Wi-Fi signal. People can use your signal and perform various crimes including making threats, viewing child pornagraphy, and various other offenses including illegal downloads. If you don't protect your Wi-Fi signal, this story may motivate you to do so.