A congresswoman sponsoring a bill to increase penalties associated to the act of “swatting,” whereby an individual calls police to report a fake emergency at a location in the hopes that police, or SWAT, officers will swarm the victim house, has herself been the victim of an act of “swatting.”
Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA) was at home with her family on January 31 when Melrose police officers surrounded her house with “long guns.”
The situation was quickly defused but not before unnerving Rep. Clark and her family.
She believes the incident was likely tied to the legislation she is sponsoring but she insists she will not back down. “I think they have underestimated my commitment to making sure that we do stop this practice,” Clark said.
The legislation, which enjoys bipartisan support and is cosponsored by Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA), would amend the current law aimed at criminalizing the use of telecommunications devices to report false crimes.
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