Swatting: It's not about swatting a fly, unless you consider a celebrity a fly. It's the latest craze, and it's a definite crime: calling 911 and falsely reporting an emergency that will cause SWAT teams to rush to a home. The latest so-victimized was the Jenner - Kardashian clan, on Friday afternoon.
Kim herself tweeted the following, in two separate posts:
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!
These prank calls are NOT funny! People can get arrested for this! I hope they find out who is behind this. It's dangerous & not a joke!
Kim's 17-year-old half-sister, Kendall Jenner, also took to Twitter, posting in multiple tweets:
I love it when 8 police officers show up at my door and 10 cop cars are outside my house. Just another casual Friday evening at the Jenner household. #nbd #EveryonesOk
our whole household is crazy* RT @KylieJenner: My neighbors officially think I'm crazy
kids are really stupid. you know you can get arrested for something like this? #pointless lol
That last tweet implies kids -- perhaps teens -- are at fault, but there's no evidence to that, as yet.
Kylie Jenner also posted the above images to Instagram. It is interesting to note how the officers decided it was worthwhile to pose with Bruce Jenner. It's also interesting to see the two self-driving police cars (eight officers, 10 cars).
According to the state of California, falsely reporting a crime can result in the following sentences:
If a misdemeanor: imprisonment in a county jail for a period not exceeding one year, or by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both that imprisonment and fine.
If a felony (which according to the state would be if the perpetrator "knows or should know that the response to the report is likely to cause death or great bodily injury, AND great bodily injury or death is sustained by any person as a result of the false report): imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170, or by a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by both that imprisonment and fine.
Based on that, a felony -- which carries the most teeth -- might be deemed if during the course of a SWAT or otherwise police response, someone were, say, shot.
It is not out of the realm of the imagination for such an event to occur, although the cases of "swatting" thus far have just been annoyances to authorities and the celebrities involved, including Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher, Miley Cyrus and Simon Cowell.
However, this is a great expense to the localities involved, but whoever is doing this -- whether multiple people and copycats or just one -- apparently doesn't care about that.