Celebrity ‘Swatters’

Celebrities targeted by fake 911 calls recently would fill a Hollywood red carpet. “Swatting” pranks have sent police rushing with guns drawn to a growing A-list of celebrity homes in recent weeks’. A proposed law would increase penalties for making false emergency calls. Police are getting new tools for tracing ‘swatting’ calls, reports the sheriff’s spokesman. “We are getting better at knowing what is and what is not a hoax,” he says.

Officers must approach the scene with guns drawn; not knowing what is happening inside the house and expecting the worst. “It’s a very high-risk response,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. “The problem with crying wolf is that sometimes it’s not false, so we always have to respond accordingly but cautiously.”The Kardashian household was targeted on January 18. “Just got a call from my mom telling me about this prank call that someone was shot in their home & 15 swat team & 3 helicopters showed up!” Kim Kardashian tweeted. “These prank calls are NOT funny! People can get arrested for this! I hope they find out who is behind this. Its dangerous & not a joke!”

The law should definitely increase their penalties. It is not funny to make such false emergency calls. Even though they are celebrities they are still people, with families who will worry and get frightened by such calls. Anyone caught making these fake 911 calls should be placed under arrest and should have to repay the police for all costs.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/09/showbiz/swatting-response/index.html?hpt=hp_c4

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