Our poor celebrities, they just can’t get a break. They have to fight off camera crews, fans, deranged fans, and autograph hounds. And now there is something new. It’s called Celebrity Swatting. What is this you ask? Celebrity Swatting is where celebrities are targeted by a hoax of 911 calls, saying there is danger in the household and the SWAT team is summoned. The only problem is, it is a hoax made by fans that have nothing better to do with their lives. This has been a real pain in the butt for law enforcers. Right now it is targeted in the Beverly Hills area where a lot of stars live. Most of the time, the celebrity isn’t even home.
Some of the celebrities who have been targeted are:
Russell Brand…A call was received that there was in armed robbery in progress.
Rihanna…A call received that someone had been shot in her home.
Chris Brown… Call for domestic violence. Brown wasn’t at home at the time.
Kardashian household… Call reported someone was shot in the home. 15 SWAT teams and 3 helicopters were dispatched.
Tom Cruise… Call for armed robbery in progress.
Ashton Kutcher… Home invasion, robbery
Selena Gomez… Called in that Selena’s dad had shot her mom and he had a cache of weapons. Also reported he was going to burn the house down.
Other celebrities who have been “swatted” include Charlie Sheen, The Playboy Mansion, Justin Timberlake, Clint Eastwood, Justin Bieber, and recently Ryan Seacrest.
“Swatters” are hard to catch because of text messages, phone, or computer-generated reports are hard to investigate because they can disguise the origins of these messages by using multiple computer servers and other technological means. The sheriff is pushing for harsher punishment for reporting false emergencies. He wants the perpetrators to reimburse the city for the cost of response. A 12-year-old boy was arrested in the cases of Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher, he boy was given a 2 year sentence.
Police also believe that the media has a role of wanting these criminals to play into the hype. They believe they are enjoying the publicity of their hoax. Police now want to down-play these incidents hoping that if they are not over publicized, it will take away the thrill of the crime. They are also afraid that innocent by-standers, staying in the celebrity homes, such as servants, might get injured by accident.
Some people need to get a life. Don’t these idiots stop to realize that by making these fake calls that it can be taking away from people who actually need help from the police? What happens if someone actually dies because police were responding to a prank call? Will these people be held liable for murder? I should think so. 911 is not a phone service for us to play with, it is there to get the required help for people who need it. Hopefully playing these calls low-key will help with the situation. I sure wouldn’t want to be the one responsible for the death of an innocent person.