Jack Thompson Sues Omaha Police Chief over Mall Rampage Records

December 28, 2007 -
Three weeks ago, a disturbed young man named Robert Hawkins killed eight people along with himself during a rampage at Omaha's Westroads Mall.

While most of those searching for a cause have focused on Hawkins' mental health history and troubled past, Miami attorney Jack Thompson sees a video game connection.

Of course.

Thompson contacted GamePolitics today to say that he was filing a lawsuit against Omaha Police Chief Thomas Warren (left) in regard to the case. Apparently the cops in Omaha haven't been impressed by Thompson's video game theories and the controversial attorney wants to force the issue. In his court filing, Thompson writes:
These [rampages] have occurred, in part... because of the advent of extremely violent interactive media (video games) consumed by adolescents and teens who use these murder simulation devices to rehearse and prepare for these murderous assaults.

Any particular game in mind, Jack?
Some of the Grand Theft Auto games, which are wildly popular among individuals such as Robert Hawkins,  feature what are known as “mall rampages” by which the player can rehearse, for hours on end, entering shopping malls and shooting at random individuals therein.

But, Jack, does this lawsuit mean that the Omaha police are not buying into your theory?
Anyone in law enforcement who does not understand or care to understand the direct causal link between violent video game play and these types of random killing events is living in a dream world...

[The] Police Chief of Omaha... refuses to provide to Thompson... the inventory list of items taken, by search warrant, from Robert Hawkins’ residence.

Thompson has served a written request, pursuant to Nebraska Statute 84-712, upon Police Chief Thomas Warren, and he refuses to comply with his legal duty, under Nebraska law, to provide the inventory.

Although it's not clear how, Thompson maintains that Chief Warren's refusal somehow puts others at risk:
In refusing to comply with the law, defendant Warren demonstrably puts at public safety risk residents of Nebraska and elsewhere... 

Thompson has also been interviewed concerning this suit by Omaha's KETV-7 for its 10PM news broadcast. GP has also heard from Ryan Miller, a vice-president with Gamers, a Midwest game retailer. Miller said that he, too, was interviewed by way of counterpoint.

Meanwhile, Thompson attempted to post a message regarding the lawsuit on the comments section of GamePolitics:
I am... well on my way to destroying [GTA publisher] Take-Two. Tonight’s broadcast is just part of the plan.

GP: We're a bit puzzled by Thompson's action since Nebraska's public records disclosure law appears to specifically exempt police investigation files. The following are not subject to public release according to the statute:
Records developed or received by law enforcement agencies and other public bodies with duties of investigation or examination when the records are part of the examination, investigation, intelligence information, citizen complaints, informant identification, or information used in law enforcement training. 

UPDATE: Thompson has advised GP that in place of the lawsuit he originally forwarded to us, he has filed a writ (MS Word format) with the Fourth District Court of Nebraska. His intent remains the same: to compel Chief Warren to reveal the results of the Hawkins search.

Comments

Wow, I think I have to lie down, as this is such a shocking turn of events.

No, really. I'm shocked it took 3 weeks for Thompson to get involved. I figured he would've snuck past security at Fox News and forced his way on the air within minutes of the first 911 call.

I guess one of Jack's New Year's resolutions was not to stop filing frivilous and pointless lawsuits.

Pathetic.

don't forget, Cattleprod, that JT was in the middle of his Florida Bar trial when the Omaha shooting took place.

Maybe it's just me, but is Jack getting loopier ? (not sure that "loopier" is actually a word though)

It sounds like Jack is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. He obviously believes there is a world wide consipiracy and he'll stop at nothing to uncover it. I really, really hope the person or persons involved in his Bar trial notices this. If not, then I fear we are only in for more trouble.

I have nothing new to say that I haven't said a hundred times before. His stupidity does speak for itself at this point.

(*face-in-hands*)

Why? Won't? Jack? Learn?

"Anyone in law enforcement who does not understand or care to understand the direct causal link between violent video game play and these types of random killing events is living in a dream world of his or her own construction"

Okay, Jack, two things:

1) It is you who is incapable of understanding the "direct causal link". Specifically, you are unable to understand this about your cherished "direct causal link": THERE. AIN'T. NONE.
2) SOMEBODY is living in his own dream world, all right. And no, it's not the Omaha Police Chief; it's actually the person I'm directing this message to.

Please, Jack. Just quit on your "crusade" while you still can. There's no way you can win. We all know that. Well, except probably you.

....

This one barely diserves a comment.

@cattleprod:

Besides, he could say he trained on Metal Gear Solid/Splinter Cell. :P Also I guess he knows 'Failed Lawyer's career is about to die' so its a rush to do as much damage as possible, but.... 404 FUNNY METAPHOR NOT FOUND.

*sigh* Dementia, possibly the onset of Alzheimer's disease, since he can't remember his failures and keeps repeating them.

When will the men in the white suits bring him his complimentary straitjacket?

If, by some crazy twist of fate, he doesn't get disbarred, his actions against the Department of Defense and now the Omaha police chief are going to get him right back in front of the judge for another disbarment hearing.

i was wondering when this would finally happen

I’d say “this is just getting silly” but let’s face it, we passed the silly stage a dozen articles ago…

I’m guessing it’s just a matter of time now before he concocts some crazy scheme to blame the Crusades on video games.

"Some of the Grand Theft Auto games, which are wildly popular among individuals such as Robert Hawkins, feature what are known as 'mall rampages' by which the player can rehearse, for hours on end, entering shopping malls and shooting at random individuals therein."

So, not only is it "obvious" that GTA directly causes violent tendencies in adolescents, but now it would seem "obvious" that all teenagers are playing GTA 24/7. This is the same claim as that made of Cho Sueng Hui: mere hours after the Virginia Tech shooting, Jack was on Fox claiming that they would find that Cho was a Counter-Strike gamer.

What madness is this? First the fallacy that violent games make people homicidal, and now he's claiming that all homicidal people were at some time playing games? That because he killed people, he "obviously" played Grand Theft Auto?

Cmon, Jack. If the game is so "wildly popular" among teens and "obviously" causes teens to murder people, why hasn't the whole country been taken hostage by them yet? Furthermore, what evidence do you have that allows you to claim that "anyone in law enforcement who does not understand or care to understand the direct causal link between violent video game play and these types of random killing events is living in a dream world of his or her own construction"? Your arguments just do not add up.

I doubt Ted Kaczynski trained himself to make bombs on Operation. Seeing as there is no undeniable proof whatsoever of ANY past murders being directly caused by video games, I don't see where you come up with your bull.

Not to worry. Not much longer, and he'll be disbarred.

He's just taking a few last gasps to keep his name in the press until his disbarment disgraces him.

Here's another question to consider. Could the chief of police arrest Thompson on charges of harassment and obstruction of justice? It seems to me that by trying to involve himself on the prosecutorial and investigative level against people who don't desire his input, that he's directly trying to tie the hands of the police with a meaningless and, ulitmately, frivolous lawsuit.

What do the rest of you think?

Thompson you act like it's a well-known fact that video games have been proven to cause violence acts such as this when in fact it has not (see all those failed court cases).

Also grand theft auto simply gives you the OPTION of gonig on a rampage in a mall, true sometimes it's required to get 100% completion but they don't require hours of shooting unless the player fails constantly (which shouldn't happen if they are obsessed with the game as you say). The player has to CHOOSE to spend hours upon hours killing pedestrians in the mall, and there is very little incentive to do so (except petty cash that can be obtained through other legal means in the game). Next grand theft auto has never given you the option of shooting yourself for any reason whatsoever so there must have been some other influence.

But wait let's look at his suicide note, he wanted to stop being a burden and he wanted to take out "a few pieces of shit" with him. Now if you play the games you would know that at no time does grand theft auto even suggest that random pedestrians are evil and deserve to die. Some may argue that the game devalues the lives of random people, that it makes the lives of random passerbys (sp?) seem worthless. But he wasn't doing this for fun, he was doing this because he thought they deserved to go down with him, that they were despicable pests. There is nothing in the game though that could even remotely suggest this so there MUST have been some other much greater influence in his life.

In other words you are wrong Mr. Thompson, now please stop acting like the entire world is out to protect the evil game companies it just makes you seem paranoid (hence the mental health examination).

@GP
Thanks for the reminder. I can't believe I forgot about that.

A desperate human being is what Thompson is. A sad, desperate, tantrum-throwing person who does not care about the families of those who did not come home from the Omaha Mall massacre, the Virginia Tech massacre, or from other horrifying tragedies. He only cares about himself and his (worthless) cause. Registered Republicans, conservatives, Church goers, and lawyers should be embarrased by this imbicile.

I also don't think that Jack knows that the mall shooter's parents allegedly sheilded him from games, rock music, and TV.

So his entire lawsuit is pretty much just saying "I'm right and you just don't want to admit it! WAAA!" Geez, wish this guy would actually learn from past mistakes, but I guess that's too much to ask for.

I was glad that Jack was so busy with his Bar trial that he couldn't appear on television. I took that as a sign that the media had finally wised-up and no longer wanted to contact him as they were starting to look for a more serious answer.

However, apparently Jack is throwing a hissyfit and acting like a spoiled brat since he wasn't asked to be on TV for this. So now we know what happens: if he isn't asked to be involved in any way, shape or form with any kind of shooting rampage, he'll force the issue and deliberately try to insert himself into it. And when he doesn't get his way he lashes out; resorting to his preferred tactic of using the law like a blunt instrument.

Really, they should yank his license for this alone. It shows just how crazy and desperate he is. I hope Chief Warren does throw his ass in jail for this, if only to make a point.

I don't understand why you don't have your license suspended while its under review. That really makes no sense.

Although I guess it could be called cruel and unusual punishment.

My IQ has crashed into the negative digits after reading the latest actions of Jack Thompson. Maybe i should try to get me one of these fancy-schmancy law licenses. Apparently they'll give them to anybody these days....

@Buckeye531:

"I also don’t think that Jack knows that the mall shooter’s parents allegedly sheilded him from games, rock music, and TV."

Of course they didn't! It's all just a coverup by the videogame industry, Take 2, and the ECA!

@Austin Lewis:

I thought letting him keep it was punshiment enough. :P

Holy hell the cheese has finally and completely fallen off of Jack's cracker.

"These [rampages] have occurred, in part… because of the advent of extremely violent interactive media (video games) consumed by adolescents and teens who use these murder simulation devices to rehearse and prepare for these murderous assaults."

Proof please.


"Some of the Grand Theft Auto games, which are wildly popular among individuals such as Robert Hawkins, feature what are known as “mall rampages” by which the player can rehearse, for hours on end, entering shopping malls and shooting at random individuals therein."


I've never heard the term "mall rampage" used in any game. Now Jack is just making shit up. Well that is moreso than usual.

"Anyone in law enforcement who does not understand or care to understand the direct causal link between violent video game play and these types of random killing events is living in a dream world of his or her own construction…"

A direct causal link has never been established. More lies.

"The defendant Police Chief of Omaha, apparently learning nothing from more than a decade of such incidents linked to violent video games, refuses to provide to Thompson, nor apparently to anyone else, the inventory list of items taken, by search warrant, from Robert Hawkins’ residence."

Thats because no incidents have been linked to violent video games outside of Jack's twisted noggin.

"Thompson has served a written request, pursuant to Nebraska Statute 84-712, upon Police Chief Thomas Warren, and he refuses to comply with his legal duty, under Nebraska law, to provide the inventory."

Prepare for more legal disappointment Jack.

"In refusing to comply with the law, defendant Warren demonstrably puts at public safety risk residents of Nebraska and elsewhere… "

Proof please.

"I am… well on my way to destroying [GTA publisher] Take-Two. Tonight’s broadcast is just part of the plan."

Has anyone been keeping track just how many times Jack has stated that X act would destroy Take-Two?

@buckeye

I think your thinking of the colorado church shooter. The omaha shooter was the one that was in/out of foster care for years, and was living with a friend.

The police chief of Omaha, Nebraska should file obstruction of justice charges against Jack Thompson, assuming the police investigation is still ongoing.

Jack Thompson is nothing more than a crybaby who should just shut up and practice what he preaches abut growing up and getting a life.

*Reads full article*

And that's why in 2015 the justice system works quickly now that they've abolished all lawyers!

I maintain that he must be sick and that laughing at him would be a sin.

IT'S TIME I SAY IT. YOU SIR, JACK THOMPSON, ARE A TRAITOR. YOU ARE TRYING TO ABOLISH THE VERY FREEDOMS THAT MY FELLOW SERVICE MEMBERS FIGHT AND DIE FOR. WHY? WHAT IS YOUR REAL MOTIVE? I GUESS SINCE YOU ARE NOW TRYING TO ATTACK MINE AND EVERYONE ELSE'S FREEDOM, WE CAN NOW CALL YOU THE "T" WORD. BUT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY WHAT YOU WANT, BUT YOU SURE AS HELL DON'T HAVE TO POWER TO TELL ME WHAT I CAN AND CAN NOT PLAY. IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE FREEDOM OF BEING ABLE TO PLAY VIOLENT GAMES WITHOUT THE GOVERNMENT INTERFERING, YOU CAN LEAVE THIS COUNTRY. AS FOR ME, I WILL STAY AT MY HOUSE AND PLAY MY VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES, NOT ON THE STREETS, DOING DRUGS, RUNNING ILLEGAL DOG FIGHTS, PIMPING WOMEN, ETC...

IF YOU REALLY THINK VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES PRODUCE VIOLENT OFFENDERS, TAKE ARE HARD LOOK AT JAPAN. JAPAN BEING THE GAMING MECCA BUT ONLY REFLECTS AROUND 50 MURDERS A YEAR. WITH THAT MANY VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES OVER THERE, WHY DO THEY HAVE A LOWER CRIME RATE THEN AMERICA TEN FOLD? THERE ARE PLENTY OF MURDERS, RAPIST, AND DRUG DEALERS IN PRISON, HAS IT EVER ACCORD TO YOU TO ASK THEM WHY? PROBABLY NOT, BECAUSE THAT WOULD MAKE TO MUCH SENSE, PLUS THEY WILL NOT LABEL VIDEO GAMES AS AN ATTRIBUTING FACTOR.

YOU NEED TO QUIT LEAVING IN A DREAM WORLD, AND START CARING ABOUT MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES LIKE: THE KKK, ARIAN BROTHER HOOD, AND BLACK PANTHER PARTY. THOSE ORGANIZATIONS HAVE COMMITTED MORE CRIMES (EVEN BEFORE VIDEO GAMES) THEN YOU OBJECTIONABLE HYPOTHESIS WILL EVER HAVE. I HAVE NEVER SEEN A GAMING HATE CLAN, HAVE YOU (YOU PROBABLY DON'T EVEN PLAY GAMES, SO YOU WOULD NOT KNOW FIRST HAND)? EVERY GAMING CLAN I HAVE SEEN HAS RULES OF RESPECT NOT OF VIOLENCE.

IF THERE WAS A PROBLEM WITH VIOLENCE IN GAMES, I AM PRETTY SURE GAMERS WOULD BE THE FIRST TO CLAM IT. WE COMPLAIN ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE.

THIS IS AN ANALOGY THE WAY I SEE IT.

JT: THOSE SHOES ARE UNCOMFORTABLE.
ME: EXCUSE ME!
JT: THOSE SHOES ARE UNCOMFORTABLE.
ME: NO THEY'RE NOT.
JT: YES THEY ARE.
ME: HAVE YOU EVER WORN THE SHOES.
JT: NO.
ME: THEN WHO DO YOU KNOW.
JT: I'M AN EXPERT.

SORRY FOR THE GRAMMER.

...At the rate Jack's suing, I think Satan's gonna open his personal ice skating rink to the masses.

@ Judith Iscariot

And promote an ice hockey game between the 1976 Philadelphia Flyers and the 9/11 hijackers, with Thompson on the hijacker team.

I'm confused... this didn't make 150 comments.

@darkness

lol its early yet. It'll hit 150 by this time tommorow.

Um Jack,

Where is the FUCKING PROOF?!

"...is living in a dream world of his or her own construction…"

Don't take it too hard Thompson, but when I read your court fillings, that's what I think of you.

First the Bar, then the Defence Department and now the police. Makes me think he really wants to go out with a bang.

Sorry Jack, but you'll be known as the most unsuccessful lawyer of all time, and the greatest egomaniac windbag.

The article from KETV-7 is available to be read now:

http://www.ketv.com/news/14942590/detail.html

Now watch the Omaha police say there were no video games on Hawkins' computers.

You know something? I think I'm addicted to Jack Thompson's idiocy. I think that all the articles of JT have shown me that not only are people imperfect, but they have given me something to contrast myself to. I often find myself thinking, "Jack would have done this... so I'm gonna do that instead." I don't quite know if it's because I see him as evil, or just stupid, but... I'm gonna think about this for a bit.

Mr. Thompson... You....Are....OBSESSED! Seriously, you need to take a [long] vacation.

@BearDogg-X:

oh noes, they got to them too!

I may be mistaken but wasn't this the kid who DIDN'T play video games?

YES YOU ARE. THE 23 YEAR "KID" THAT WASN'T ALLOWED TO PLAY GAMES WAS IN COLORADO.

Good GOD!. I go offline for a few days, and I miss all the fun.

It would appear that jack has detoured farther from reality then even I anticipated. Eventually jack, when you get disbarred, I worry about which happens first. You have a mental breakdown and get committed, or you go on a rampage and prove the game industry right once and for all.

Either way, I'll be happy that your gone and won't be an insult to intelligence anymore.

As for everyone else here and GP, Hi all, happy holidays, nice to see you again. Take care and have a happy new year.

Judge overturns suit, in 3, 2, 1.

"Anyone in law enforcement who does not understand or care to understand the direct causal link between violent video game play and these types of random killing events is living in a dream world of his or her own construction…"

No, it's just you Jack, who is living in a dream world of your own construction.

Well I can't help that there are so many shootings in the US that I can't keep track of them anymore.

I bet he trained on Dead Rising. (this is called sarcasm, jack)

Oh that wacky, wacky Jack Thompson! What will he do next?

Great. Now I can see a 30 minute sitcom about JT in a similiar style of Punky Bruster. I'm a horrible person.

But on a more serious note, expecting Jack to not beat his dead horse is like expecting... Jack to not beat his dead horse. Seriously. You got better odds that Miami will go 16-0 next year.

Jack's problem seems to be his inability to differentiate between a brilliant legal maneuver and a massive leap in logic. He seems to think that when he says the police chief not turning evidence over to him has put the people of Nebraska in danger, that he has cleverly put the police chief into a legally compromised position. But really all he has done is stated two things that are in no way connected to one another.

Let's remember that Thompson always claims he only wants to prevent children from playing these games... of course the guy in Omaha was 19 and so Thompson's desired laws wouldn't have had any effect in this situation but Jacko has never been one to let logic get in his way...

I think they should invite Jack Thompson on to The Colbert Report. I can see the hilarity ensuing in my imagination...

Why doesn't this guy go to work for Fox News, oy?
 
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