[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.

DKB

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.
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/389441/moms-demand-swatting-charles-c-
w-cooke

Be safe,

- GLL



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"Swatting" has been in circulation since at least 2007. I wrote about it =
in April 2013, when the comedian Russell Brand was targeted:
http://nancyfriedman.typepad.com/away_with_words/2013/04/word-of-the-week=
-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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