Re: Sounds like they doing it for the LOLz
This is 'Murica. All cops are armed. These guys will get SWAT. Armed more heavily than many countries' infantry, with fewer Rules of Engagement, and absolutely Zero Fucks* given about collateral damage to persons or property.
They will then be flown (without passports) to a tropical island to experience simulated drowning and the joys of ECT (I understand Simon and Steven are working there on a contract, which explains the dearth of BOFH stories).
*This includes throwing a stun grenade into a baby's playpen... while the baby was there