“Whiskey_Warrior_556” debate – What’s the real story here?

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We are going to preface this article with- this is INTENDED to be a conversation starter and highlight certain points to get both sides talking.  We have been researching multiple outlets and sources to provide a full spectrum article.  So, read and then tell us what you think about the “whiskey_warrior_556” situation below, we want to open up the dialogue on this one.

Let’s start with the pieces of information we have….. This weekend Alex Booth, who goes by the Instagram handle “whiskey_warrior_556” was in a police standoff at his home in New York for 6 hours.  From all that we can gather, it appeared the whole situation started after police were called to Booth’s house for a domestic incident.  Upon arrival or shortly thereafter, the officer allegedly heard a gunshot.

The police officer called for backup while Booth took out his phone and began broadcasting across social media.  This is where things start to get a little out of control on both sides.  Booth, who’s social media stories can be found here (they were completely scrubbed off of his profiles), is showing police in the background around his house while he actively portrays his dislike for law enforcement.  He is also shown wearing a tactical vest and states that he is completely unarmed and says the magazines in his vest are empty.

He is also shown saying things like “Don’t underestimate my power redcoats.”  Booth also clearly states he is drinking whiskey in the white cup he holds a large part of the time.  He shows police surrounding both sides of his house, while the statements that came out say he was ‘barricaded’ in his house when he is clearly standing outside on what appears to be a porch at times.

As the standoff continued, police cleared neighboring homes and brought in everything from a negotiations team to an armored personnel carrier (which seems a bit excessive if no firearms were brandished or seen at the scene yet).  However, Booth escalated the situation as well by telling the negotiator that he wanted something in writing or there would be blood.  He then immediately follows up that story with another stating he wants a peaceful resolution.  (Well, which is it homie!?)

After this, Booth’s phone was shut off and shortly after, police were able to convince him to come out of his home, where they arrested him.  They did not remove any weapons from his home or his personal possession, according to multiple sources.  He was arrested on charges he already had in the system, to include the aforementioned domestic incident which may have incited this whole thing.

Additional facts to note- because of the social media posts Booth did, his following instantly grew 130k in the hours of the standoff.  This is important because people who were looking at his social media were asking people to contact 911 and flood the phone lines, go to the scene, etc. Booth has also had previous legal issues in the past with petit larceny, burglary, criminal trespass, etc. Booth has even been known for having severe PTSD-related issues, these sources claim.

With all of the above stated- here’s our take on the whole thing…  Why couldn’t police enter the home forcefully and mitigate the situation once the backup arrived? We are not saying go in guns blazing and shooting the house up.  We are saying, kick the door and de-escalate the threat, as their training dictates.  Especially if he clearly stated across social media that he was unarmed and they had rights to arrest him anyways.

Another thing that bugs us- why is nothing in mainstream media?  We had to read underground biased articles on both sides in attempts to get the full picture and watch videos of people who recorded Booth’s social media profiles before they were cleaned out.  Isn’t there an amendment about this!?

There are a lot of people claiming this is a Red Flag issue and even Booth himself made comments about the magazines he had on his vest and the amount of rounds they held.  If you actually listen to the statements and look at the full picture- this was nowhere close to being a Red Flag Law issue.  We are absolute proponents of 2A, you as our audience knows this.

This whole thing was about a man who was using his social media in an escalatory manner whilst drinking whiskey and he was loving the attention he was gaining because of it.  If you look at the facts, you will see plain and clear that Booth needed to be arrested and the situation maintained much better than it was.  We do not agree, however, that homes needed to be cleared out and an armored personnel carrier needed to arrive on scene. His social media profile showed he was only armed with a glass of whiskey.  If he had brandished weaponry, it would have been a different story altogether.

We want to know your thoughts!  What do you think this was really about?  What is mainstream media trying to do by NOT publishing articles about it? Drop a comment!

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8 thoughts on ““Whiskey_Warrior_556” debate – What’s the real story here?

  1. Let me try to chime in without being branded a Jackboot or a Police apologist, but I run a SWAT Team for a mid-size NY agency and I am an Army Vet (MP..and probably your Dad’s age. Bosnia was my deployment highlight 🙂 ).

    Civilian police tactics are different from military ones.

    First off a “Barricade Situation”…having a known/shown/confirmed weapon is not a requirement, neither is blocking doors or boarding windows.

    In LE parlance a barricaded suspect is defined as a criminal suspect who has taken a position in a physical location, most often a structure or vehicle, that does not allow immediate police access—whether fortified or not—and who is refusing police orders to exit. A barricaded suspect may be known to be armed, thought to be armed, have access to weapons in the location, or be in an unknown weapons status.

    When a person is in a position of cover/concealment and wont come out and the Police have a valid legal reason to take the person out, and you have any reason to believe that he has or may possibly have/use a weapon you essentially have a barricade. Your “they should have just gone in and get him” thought is a recipe for needless bloodshed. Certainly cops HAVE done that in the past, and when it worked it was dumb ass luck. When it didn’t people got hurt and the Cops got blasted for forcing their way in instead of talking the guy out.

    Jurisdictions all around the nation are loosing federal cases and getting sued after forcing their way in during situations like this. Inevitably the subject threatens the officers with deadly force and when they shoot him they get crucified for forcing the situation.

    One of my officers getting cut/stabbed/shot trying to take a guy without shooting him is a no-go for me too.

    Negotiate for as long as it takes, it’s cheaper than a lawsuit and better than anyone getting killed. Strip this particular situation down to the bones and it actually turned out perfectly in terms of “Police Results”. Nobody hurt in any way.

    The subject (a known Gun Culture Figure and Military Vet) was wanted for felony warrants for domestic violence offenses. An officer looking for him at his home thought he heard a shot (don’t know what that’s all about..but anyway). Instead of going in all amped up possibly shooting the guy, or maybe getting shot himself he decided to fall back and activate SWAT. Ultimately all it took was some talking (with SWAT Officers on site in case it turned ugly) and the subject came out and nobody was hurt.

    Being from NY I also have some (not extensive but some…I’ve never filed for one) knowledge about Red Flag Laws. The RFL was intended to keep weapons out of the hands of someone believed to be a risk of harm to self or others. It’s NOT as simple as cops get complaint=cops go take guns.

    A petition has to be taken before a superior Court judge who has to personally meet with the filing officer in order to issue a temporary confiscation and then schedule a full hearing before the RFL can actually take effect. It’s almost more burdensome than a search warrant. In the area I live I believe the RFL has only been attempted once and ultimately the Judge rejected the request.

    This story didn’t pass my smell test from the get go. What judge was going to sign off on a random internet tip over a magazine?

    In typical NY fashion this law was a Ready…Shoot…Aim affair. I am certainly sensitive to the 2A issues with these things but it still begs the question of what SHOULD we do? Every time there is a mass shooting we (2A supporters) say that passing more gun laws against the law abiding makes no sense and that we should just keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. But how do we do that?

    While I’m NOT declaring support for RFL, we need to be careful with the facts before stirring up (mostly well intentioned) 2A activists to the point of showing up at a barricade operation.

    1. Tom, truly appreciate the feedback! This is exactly what we were hoping for when we posted the article. Thanks man!

  2. You’re a bootlicking faggot who left out so many details and facts and peppered this entire article with “I’m pro 2a, but…..”

    From erronous claims about cps lies to “cops should just kick down the door!”, And the fact that his chest rig had not a single magazine in it, which anyone with eyeballs could see in the video.

    Just shut the fuck up and never write anything ever again retard.

    1. You obviously read this because I literally said his Instagram stories show that he is wearing a vest and HE says the magazines in it are empty. Not once did I state he did not have them. If you want to debate, perhaps bring a real argument. Oh, but you won’t get this because you used a fake ass bigot-minded email address. But we are the retards… sure.

  3. This website, and article, sounds like something up Dan Crenshaws fake conservative ally. “Know what we’re sayin fam?” Fucking cringe. This dude was probably manic but this article is straight cancer.

  4. The bizarre thing is the dearth of information after such a allegedly dramatic event. What? Two weeks later and all we have is a “prior domestic violence” and some kind of theft charge.
    As an attorney I’m scratching my head because if the local kid down the street gets arrest for criminal mischief there will be more details online in two days than this story in two weeks.

    1. Yes, this is exactly why we chose to debate it. There is almost NOTHING in mainstream about it and the details keep changing on both sides. We really would like to get to the bottom of the real story here.