Boston mayor focused in string of Christmas ‘swatting’ incidents at politician properties | EUROtoday

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Boston Mayor Michelle Wu has confirmed her dwelling was swatted on Christmas Day, considered one of a minimum of three political figures to be focused by a hoax emergency name out in a single day.

The Boston Police Department mentioned it was investigating after being known as to a taking pictures and hostage state of affairs at Ms Wu’s household handle in Roslindale at about 5.30pm, in keeping with WBUR.

Dispatchers acquired a 311 name from a person who claimed he had shot his spouse and had tied her and one other man up on the dwelling, police mentioned.

When armed officers and EMT crews arrived on the handle, they rapidly realised it was the mayor’s dwelling and that the callout was a pretend.

Ms Wu instructed WBUR it was a shock to have Christmas Day interrupted by the flashing police lights outdoors her dwelling, however that her household had grown accustomed to it after being focused a number of instances since her election in November 2021.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s dwelling was swatted on Christmas Day


“For better or worse, my family are a bit used to it by now, and we have a good system with the department,” Ms Wu instructed the positioning.

Ms Wu was just lately the topic of intense criticism after her workplace mistakenly invited white metropolis councillors to an annual vacation dinner for “Electeds of Colour”.

Boston police are investigating whether or not the swatting incident is related to earlier pretend police callouts, and no arrests have been made. Her workplace didn’t reply to a request for remark by The Independent.

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s dwelling in Georgia has been swatted eight instances, in keeping with the Congresswoman

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GOP firebrand Marjorie Taylor Greene additionally mentioned she had been swatted for the eighth time whereas she was at dwelling with household in Rome, Georgia, on Christmas Day.

Local officers mentioned that a person based mostly in Rome, New York, made a name to the suicide hotline claiming to have shot his girlfriend at Ms Greene’s handle in Georgia and threatening to kill himself.

Police then contacted Ms Greene’s native safety liaison and the police response was cancelled.

And GOP Congressman Brandon Williams introduced on X/Twitter that he was swatted on 25 December, with state troopers and sheriff’s deputies displaying up 5 patrol automobiles to his dwelling in upstate New York.

The state of affairs was rapidly defused, and Mr Williams mentioned he despatched the officers dwelling with home made cookies and spiced nuts.

“Thankful for law enforcement working today (& every day),” Mr Williams mentioned.

The US Capitol Police and native legislation enforcement are investigating each incidents.

Specialist SWAT and bomb squads are sometimes known as on to reply hoax emergency calls, putting


Swatting incidents, the place an individual calls in a false report of an emergency, crime, mass taking pictures, or kidnapping in progress, putting the home-owner prone to being shot by armed responders, have develop into a rising public menace lately.

Tactical response groups equivalent to SWAT and bomb squads are sometimes known as on to reply, putting resident’s lives at risk and tying up police assets.

Celebrities, public figures, and on-line players are ceaselessly focused, whereas hoax callouts to synagogues, church buildings, universities, sports activities stadiums are additionally changing into extra widespread.

In March, authorities in New York recorded 36 false reviews of mass shootings in a single day throughout the state, prompting callouts to 226 faculties.

Senator Chuck Schumer known as the incidents “dangerous, disturbing and downright terrifying”, and urged the FBI to “supercharge their federal cyber investigative capabilities”.

In June, the FBI launched a nationwide database to trace swatting incidents and share info between a whole lot of police departments and legislation enforcement businesses throughout the nation.

Advances in expertise has allowed swatters to disguise their voices and conceal their location, and arrests look like uncommon.

Earlier this month, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force introduced it had arrested a juvenile in Orange County, California, who was believed to be a part of a swatting ring that had focused spiritual, instructional, and public establishments over the summer season.

In March, Ashton Connor Garcia, 20, was charged with 10 felony counts for making greater than 20 swatting calls within the US and Canada that prompted emergency responses.

Federal prosecutors mentioned Mr Garcia used voice-over-internet expertise to hide his identification and broadcast the calls on the social media platform Discord for leisure.