Vicious Prank Sends SWAT Team Down on Family
SWATting: a prank involving misleading the police into believing innocent parties are involved in a hostage situation and sending a SWAT Team to intervene. It's dangerous, it's cruel, it's dumb, and it just happened to another Twitch streamer.
Runescape player/streamer Joshua Peters, known on Twitch as KoopaTroopa787, received the full brunt of a SWAT team storming his home thanks to a piece of human filth watching his stream. Thankfully, no one was hurt during the raid, but things could have easily taken a turn for the deadly.
Peters said of the incident that he doesn't "give a sh-- about what you have against me online. Your gripe is with me, so let it be with me. Do not involve my family in any way shape or form. They don't deserve that." Peters refers to the fact that not only was his life in danger during the SWAT raid, but so were the lives of his family, including his ten-year-old brother, who answered the door and was greeted by guns loaded with live ammunition being pointed directly at him.
SWATting has become the go-to trolling technique used by online antagonists in recent months, though luckily there haven't been any serious mishaps during these terrifying attacks of privacy. In many states, the action is a felony charge, though very few of the culprits have been brought up by law enforcement. Though if current events are any indication, that trend might be changing in the coming months though, which would be great for holding the people responsible these kinds of heinous acts culpable for the damages they've caused.