Do you support these anti-swatting proposals?

L.A. Times 2013/01/24 16:27:36
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Alarmed that pranksters have called 911 to report false emergencies at the homes of celebrities including Justin Bieber and Tom Cruise, two Southern California legislators have proposed laws to get tougher with anyone engaged in "swatting."

A bill announced Wednesday by state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) would allow longer sentences for and greater restitution from those convicted of making false reports to the police. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca asked for the measure.

"The recent spate of phony reports to law enforcement officials that the home of an actor or singer is being robbed or held hostage is dangerous, and it's only a matter of time before there's a tragic accident," said Lieu.


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  • RJeffreySavlov 2013/01/24 21:59:58
    I hate to say it but I partially agree with the proposal but it should apply to any prank 911 calls not just celebrities. It is a danger at any level and leaves law enforcement shorthanded by making it necessary to answer and investigate bogus calls.

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  • Scrappyang 2013/01/31 15:15:34
    Yes, if it includes ALL prank calls to 911. It isn't a "fun" system to play with. Part of the sentence should be to do some role playing showing how emergency personel answering a false call can cost one of their loved ones or even themselves their lifes.
  • trap flapper 2013/01/30 14:12:05
    trap flapper
    Somethings just ain't funny and this is one example....punishment should be swift and harsh.....However, I might add I think celebrities and persons of renown should be more careful of what they put out to the public.....tweeting BS about personal issues, airing all "dirty laundry" to questionable sources/media outlets should probably be curtailed..
  • sneekyfoot 2013/01/30 03:34:47
    If I caught them doing that I would sentence them to a week handcuffed to the front of a on duty police car . I could ask them how much they like emergencys after that.
  • seadog6608PWCM 2013/01/29 20:38:40
  • Broken 2013/01/29 20:12:37
    I think it should apply to any person, not just when the victim is one of the 1%.
  • SUPREME COSMIC POWER, (SCOPO) 2013/01/29 19:51:32
    911 should not be turned into pranksters' joyride!
  • nerak611 2013/01/29 05:38:57
    Yes, it's not a game. Someone may actually get hurt or killed some day.
  • MayaDirectioner 2013/01/29 01:00:29
    Yep. It should apply to all prank callers, like RJeffreySavlov said.
    I've accidentally called 911 like4 times, and it was not pretty >.<
  • Bibliophilic 2013/01/28 18:38:39 (edited)
    YES, because it is a waste of taxpayer money and a distraction from real crimes.
  • OneLastWord 2013/01/28 17:35:09
  • Runaway ✩ 2013/01/28 15:45:49
    Runaway ✩
    There are plenty of laws on the books already that deal with making false statements to police. Enforce those.

    It's just like gun control laws. The current laws are only enforced haphazardly, we don't need more laws. We need uniform enforcement of existing laws.
  • darthtbone 2013/01/28 12:17:18
    I guess liberals are going to have to find another way to harass conservative bloggers.
  • kiote1963 2013/01/28 07:20:34
    It's the whole boy who cried wolf scenario.
  • Just Jenn for Now 2013/01/28 06:19:23
    Just Jenn for Now
    It shouldn't be limited to just celebrity-related prank calls though...

    It should be all of them. Every single one. You might think it's funny as a kid or whatever, but when you're screwing with the safety of the public, it's no joke.

    The Police and other emergency services are suffering as it is, from being short-handed to just outright not having the right people in the right positions.

    How would you like to be the one responsible for getting a unit out that could have stopped a robbery from occurring, if he wasn't too busy responding to a false call?

    Shame on anyone who thinks this is funny.
  • NYCbrit 2013/01/28 05:30:55
    A terrible misdirection of emergency responders.
  • JeffDeWitt 2013/01/28 04:53:38
    Why isn't this against the law already?
  • NYCbrit JeffDeWitt 2013/01/28 05:29:37
    It is, they just want sentences increased and restitution amounts raised.
  • JeffDeWitt NYCbrit 2013/01/28 22:32:02
    If they are actually enforcing the law as it is and people are still doing this then harsher punishment seems fair.
  • NYCbrit JeffDeWitt 2013/01/29 18:09:41
    Absolutely agree w/you.
  • fortycal_sig 2013/01/28 01:36:44
    'Course, as usual, celebrity justice is somewhat different from the run-of-the-mill variety.
  • JeffDeWitt fortyca... 2013/01/28 04:53:21
    If you read the article this bill applies to anyone filing a false report, doesn't matter if there is a celebrity involved or not.
  • fortyca... JeffDeWitt 2013/01/28 05:08:17
    Hopefully. What I was really thinking of there was that it seemed like it took miffed celebrities to get this rolling.
  • JeffDeWitt fortyca... 2013/01/28 05:11:17
    I'm not sure if it was so much the miffed celebrities as it was the publicity from the cops being called to their houses.

    But this happens to other people too, and it SHOULD be against the law. In fact I find it hard to believe it's not already.
  • fortyca... JeffDeWitt 2013/01/28 06:31:36
    > hard to believe it's not already
    No kidding!
  • mae 2013/01/27 03:05:30 (edited)
    Yes. How many petty crimes were simultaneously commited across LA from where these feined crimes were reported to be happening? Distract, then act. Not a new trick, and costly as heck. Hope these bills pass, and soon.
  • ronbo 2013/01/27 01:53:44
    As much as I hate having to enact more laws, this is probably necessary. When you have people making bogus calls as a prank or to use law enforcement to get back at someone they are mad at or don,t like, this can and will lead to tragedy.
  • Darr247 2013/01/26 21:49:37
    Only in californication could filing a false police report not already be against the law.
  • Ahzz Darr247 2013/01/26 22:55:51
    It's already illegal to make a false report. The difference proposed is going from a fine to getting jail time for making a false report.

    Please read before commenting.
  • Bill 2013/01/26 17:23:27
    Goes without saying.
  • RubenRibnik 2013/01/26 17:23:13
    there is a law saying to make a false report is a crime. Hell common sense, you could cause the death of an innocent person who actually needs the police in another area, or, some cop may become trigger happy and make a fatal mistake..
  • graham.noble.1232 2013/01/26 14:58:44
  • All American 2013/01/26 14:12:25 (edited)
    All American
    I don't know if they really need new laws, just enforce the ones already on the books. I think the perp should be publicly humiliated, made to pay all costs associated with it and a fine and serve jail time. This should be strictly enforced.
  • Beagle Mom 2013/01/26 10:55:22
    Beagle Mom
    There have also been at least 3 conservative bloggers who were victims of swatting. How terrifying it must be to have police invade your home thinking you are the criminal.
  • kimmie 2013/01/26 08:50:19 (edited)
    I support it ! Hey what about those pranksters continuously calling restaurants or other businesses who are doing their job trying food on the table to feed their families or themselves and trying to pay the bills we should get a law for that 2 other then those crazy ass pranksters who make false reports ! People are crazy nowadays .
  • Jaiheena Star 2013/01/26 05:09:47
  • kim 2013/01/26 02:00:43
    Waisting time money and resources gir practical jokes of this nature need ti stop.
  • kurtis morin 2013/01/26 01:15:27
    kurtis morin
    They're taking police officers away from people that really need there help.
  • lipton7.62 2013/01/26 00:14:16
    Yes they need to verify these calls somehow and do a " Locate" on the calls because this could be used to busy the system as a diversion away from a more nefarious crime.

    The brinks job
  • Jesferkicks 2013/01/25 20:19:12
    Definitely, we all pay for these idiots' pranks. Swat is NOT cheap! The police accounting departments should figure out the cost of these responses, triple it and charge it to the offenders. If they are kids, oh well, parents open your wallets. If they are poor, deductions should be taken from any assistance they receive and taken from any income tax returns they might enjoy until fine is fully paid.
  • lee 2013/01/25 18:38:57

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