Swatting is the act of calling the police and claiming that there is an active shooting or hostages. It is dangerous and could result in accidents or even fatalities. It happens so often that Rep. Katherine Clark proposed an idea that would make swatting a federal offense.
Those who arrange swattings weren’t too pleased with this I guess, because Clark was recently a victim of swatting herself. In this case a SWAT team was not called, but police officers in vehicles showed up on her front lawn with firearms, claiming to have received a report of an active shooter in the house.
Things could have turned deadly, but thankfully they did not. Melrose police spokesman, John Guilfoil, says that the department got a call at night informing them of the alleged shooting and adds, “Certainly when you have an apparent false report that is intended to raise the alarm of the police department, one could infer that someone or some entity was trying to elicit a large police response.”
So it looks like the intention of the call was to intimidate Clark and to force her to back down. Or someone was just being an idiot. Clarke says, “If that was the intent of calling in this event. I think they have underestimated my commitment to making sure that we do stop this practice.”
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