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Helicopter with spotlight- South Austin

I just got woken up by a helicopter with a spot light and police cars circling my apartment complex in South Austin off South ridge Dr. The calls to the police department are of course useless.... Anybody know what’s going on?

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soygringation
Sep. 20th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
I don't think this was it. This happened just after midnight it says in the article. I am in S Austin too. The helicopter circled over my house and what looked to be Mary Moore Park and Southpark Meadows for about 15 minutes or so. Wish I could tell you what happened. My husband and I were wondering the same thing.
mamamoo
Sep. 20th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
Why would you call the police department and ask what is going on? If you saw a fire truck at your apartment compax would you call the fire department?
jenbooks
Sep. 20th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
Watching

When a 'copter is that low over my house for a good 25 minutes1, I kinda want to know what they're up to. I called 311 for information, got transfered to a cop PR line, and left a message. I got a call back the next day: they said they were mainly up for air time, but did respond to a break in a block or two over.

You got the toys, you gotta use them I suppose.

1 This wasn't last night, it was around 6 pm a few months ago.
mamamoo
Sep. 20th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
I figure they are doing their job and get over it. I have a friend who is in the 'copter. Maybe they were just trying to annoy you.
jenbooks
Sep. 20th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
Your friend likes to abuse his responsibility to randomly annoy citizens?

Cool.
mamamoo
Sep. 20th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
Definitely sarcasm. I think they are doing their jobs and calling the police to ask them why they are working in the middle of the night is DUMB.
jenbooks
Sep. 20th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
Sure is bright blue sky for the middle of the night.
javeing
Sep. 20th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
I live in a first floor apartment by myself... if they are hunting for somebody with a helicopter running around my apartment at 1 am, I don’t think it's dumb to try to find out why. Last time I checked self preservation was a good thing.
mamamoo
Sep. 20th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
Oh Jesus. So *if* they said that a murderer was in your apartment complex would you remain calm? Or would you get hysiterical calling all your neighbors and making everything more complicated for the police?

Fine. Call them for dumb reasons. Just don't post about it here.
puf_almighty
Sep. 20th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Man, you're an asshole.
mamamoo
Sep. 20th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
Likewise. :)
safetypatrol713
Sep. 21st, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
seconded.
javeing
Sep. 20th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
No, I would load my 9 mm and sit up in my living room for a while.
quantum80
Sep. 21st, 2008 09:03 am (UTC)
You don't have it loaded already and on the nightstand?

What do you think this is, Massachusetts?
cmonbella
Sep. 22nd, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
haha
sqlrob
Sep. 20th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
If I saw a HazMat truck, I would probably call.

A police car is not out of the ordinary, a fire truck is not. A low copter is.
puf_almighty
Sep. 20th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
Uh, if the whole fire department was out ogling my house and there were no sign of a fire yeah, I myself would. Particularly if their ogling involved shining a spotlight in my window.
grimfairy
Sep. 20th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
They're onto you. Run!
lihan161051
Sep. 20th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
I've seen the helicopter orbiting various low-income neighborhoods scanning with the spotlight off and on for a year or two now. There have been a few high-incident chases where it's been actively following something or someone on the ground, but for the most part, it seems like regular helicopter patrols, but it's pretty clearly targeted on poorer/ less conservative neighborhoods. (My guess is that if APD tried the same thing in Tarrytown or Northwest Hills, most of the APD command would be getting summarily fired starting at the top and working down the chain of command.)

I don't mind them patrolling by helicopter. But I also know about some of the technology that's on that helicopter (gyro-stabilized visible light and FLIR cameras, among other things, that can capture perfectly decent video from up to 4-5 miles away), and hovering 100 feet or less above residential neighborhoods probably isn't necessary for anything but a show of force for intimidation purposes ..
quantum80
Sep. 21st, 2008 09:05 am (UTC)
LOLZ.

Or maybe the things they were surveilling were a few hundred meters away from where they were hovering?

Or possibly they were holding light on a building/suspect/vehicle that was involved in a felony while Sit Wait And Talk negotiated?

Meh. Don't worry. My logic won't overcome your ideas.
lihan161051
Sep. 20th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
And I just now noticed the timestamp on the OP's post. That's just effing rude.

(They do that around the Rundberg/Lamar area too, not quite that low, but I really wonder how they expect people to sleep with the helicopter noise. Definitely a sight that makes me feel like I'm in a prison camp, not at home in my hometown.)
xulong
Sep. 20th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
agreed. cops should only do their jobs between 8 am and 6 pm.
johnsaulrubio
Sep. 20th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
Those inconsiderate assholes!

Next time a 350 lb walking rape and murder machine is on the loose in your neighborhood, they should just let you sleep and wait for morning to go all helecoptorin' around!
entelodont
Sep. 20th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
...You're surprised the cops hover around the Rundberg/Lamar area?
hairlessgerbil
Sep. 20th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
Well when they were in my neighborhood awhile back they were looking for numerous murderers. Yeah I'd want to know too. Having that loud thing nearly in your backyard for a half hour at 3am is definitely disturbing on numerous levels.
bdrop_whore
Sep. 20th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
It's the black ops that Alex Jones is always talking about. Watch out!
landbridge
Sep. 20th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
No, not my EnerFood surplus bunker!
johnsaulrubio
Sep. 20th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
I'm sure they're just doing their job, looking for the bad gu... HE'S BEHIND YOU!
puf_almighty
Sep. 20th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Aw you know just trying to get people scared and maybe drum up some extra Republican votes.

But I dunno, I saw that thing too, just circling and circling and with squad cars on standby all around the sixth street area. It'll probably show up on the police blotter for Saturday (AM).
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