[Ads-l] "swatting"

David Barnhart dbarnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Tue Mar 31 13:23:43 UTC 2015

But it's earlier than that:

His calls were among several targeting celebrities in the Los Angeles area
in recent months in a practice known as "swatting." The pranks are intended
to draw large police responses, including SWAT teams. "Future dad Buble not
worried about album sales," _The Bismarck Tribune_ (Nexis), March 15, 2013,
p A4

And very likely earlier than that.


barnhart at highlands.com

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Just a note: sometime last year opponents of open carry activists came up
with the bone-headed idea of calling in false reports (that the participants
are brandishing, threatening, or doing other illegal things with the
firearms they are carrying) in hopes to bring on a heavy response from law
enforcement, and that the lawful carry activists might get shot.

It's possible that the shooting of John Crawford, a black man who picked up
a BB gun at a Walmart, was instigated by just such a false report.
Ronald Ritchie reportedly called 911 and claimed that Crawford was loading
the gun and pointing it at people.

Be safe,


"Swatting" has been in circulation since at least 2007. I wrote about it =
in April 2013, when the comedian Russell Brand was targeted:
-swatting.html -----Original Message----- From: Mark Mandel
[mailto:thnidu at GMAIL.COM]=20 Sent: Friday, March 27, 2015 10:27 AM
Subject: "swatting" Evidently =3D *making a false report of a dangerous
situation that = brings a police SWAT team to a specified location, with the
purpose of = harassing the people at that location*. *May involve spoofing
telephone = number to appear that the report.* age situation, we activate
specialized units to respond."

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