Swatting was a term I remember first learning about several years ago. At the time, I was hoping that it was just a passing fad and wouldn’t take. But several recent swatting events have led to lethal consequences.
Swatting is when a person calls the police to report a “crime” as either you or claiming that they have seen a crime committed by you. The goal is get law enforcement to use lethal force. Erick himself suffered from this cruel practice, only being saved by his high profile and relationship with the local sheriff.
Others who have experienced swatting have not been as lucky. A man in Georgia was killed by police when an ex-wife swatted him in the middle of the night. A quick Google search revealed at least three instances with the last three days of various swatting cases.
The biggest case of swatting, one that ended with a man dead and the man who made the call facing felony false alarm charges, occurred at the end of last year. A man in California called police in Kansas to report a crime committed by a man after an argument during an online gaming session.
With the Internet and anonymous phone calls making it easier than ever to hide, it seems inevitable that swatting calls will continue to plague our nation. Thankfully, in some cases the person initiating the swatting is caught and charged with a crime. Like gun laws, those caught must be punished to the full extent allowed by law. That may be the only deterrent to those thinking about committing this crime in the future.