The Seattle Police Department released body cam footage of a recent “swatting” incident that took place.
Swatting, for those unfamiliar, is when a police department receives a hoax call, usually involving gunfire or hostages, that requires immediate response from SWAT units.
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“It is a deliberate and malicious act that creates an environment of fear and unnecessary risk, and in some cases, has led to loss of life,” the Seattle PD wrote in a release.
The recent incident involving the Seattle PD was textbook swatting. Using an online app to disguise himself, an unnamed caller said, “… I have five hostages in my house at the moment. I want five grand or I’m going to kill them all.”
Seattle Swatting Response
Responding officers knew the caller made the call using an online phone app. Upon arrival, one officer even says, “Sounds more and more like swatting to me.”
The officers carefully enter the apartment building with their rifles drawn. After checking with a neighbor, officers knock on the door of the reported apartment.
After a verbal response from within, a female answers the door shortly thereafter. She confirms with …Read the Rest
Source:: Tactical Life