Even the White House seems not immune to the latest swatting trend.
Emergency responders rushed to the White House after a false 911 call was made that reported that the White House was on fire.
Swatting is the act of making a false 911 call to impede the lives of others or put them in a dangerous situation with the police/swat.
Just recently, Judge Engoron, overseeing the Trump NY fraud case, and Rep. MTG was swatted.
JUST IN – White House "swatted" after 911 prank call — Daily Mail
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) January 15, 2024
More from the New York Post:
WASHINGTON — The White House became the latest target of a bogus 911 call Monday morning when someone falsely claimed the historic building was on fire.
DC Fire and EMS spokesman Noah Gray told The Post the tip came in at 7:03 a.m.
Crews were rolling one minute later “and in coordination with the Secret Service, it was determined there was no fire emergency.”
The firefighters “returned to service at 7:16 a.m.” Gray said, indicating the scare was over quickly.
President Biden was at Camp David in Maryland when the incident occurred.
The White House declined to comment and referred questions to the Secret Service, which did not immediately issue a statement.
Politicians from both parties have been affected by so-called “swatting” incidents in recent weeks, where phony calls are made to dispatch a heavily armed response team to terrify the target.
This very dangerous trend wastes emergency responders’ time and puts these people in harmful situations with law enforcement.
7am this morning, the White House was "swatted" –
HOW DOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN? pic.twitter.com/XugCfhzmnO
— Shipwreck (@shipwreckshow) January 15, 2024
It seems that it may have been a result of a Pro-Hamas protest.
However, it is still unknown:
🚨White House EVACUATED after Pro-Hamas mob stages insurrection at its gates— NO ARRESTS?! pic.twitter.com/rWy6JB941k
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 15, 2024
More from CNN:
Swatting is a dangerous criminal hoax where a false report is made to police with the express purpose of luring them to a location, where they are led to believe a horrific crime such as a mass shooting, an imminent bombing or hostage taking has been committed or is in progress. This can result in a forceful response from local police and SWAT teams, who have no way to know the call is a hoax.
The calls have targeted a variety of federal officials, politicians and celebrities across the country. Recent targets include Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, the New York judge overseeing the $370 million civil fraud trial against Donald Trump, and the DC judge overseeing Trump’s federal election subversion case.
The results can be deadly. In 2017, Andrew Finch was killed by police after a group of online gamers – later imprisoned – took part in calling 911 to report a man at his residence shot his father in the head, and was holding his mother and brother at gunpoint, threatening to set the home ablaze