“we are grateful to the Fairfax police officers who were highly professional and supportive in responding to this harassment”
Professor Jonathan Turley was swatted at his Virginia home on Friday. Someone called the Fairfax Police and claimed that someone had been shot at Turley’s home. Swatting is an awful crime that can end with the target shot dead.
This likely happened just because some horrible person doesn’t like Turley’s opinions about something.
The New York Post reports:
Legal scholar Jonathan Turley becomes latest ‘swatting’ victim after false report of shooting at his home
Legal scholar Johnathan Turley has become the latest victim of “swatting” as a 911 call was made falsely reporting someone was shot at his Virginia home.
“Yes, I was swatted this evening. It is regrettably a manifestation of our age of rage,” the George Washington University law professor said in a statement on Friday.
“However, we are grateful to the Fairfax police officers who were highly professional and supportive in responding to this harassment,” said Turley, who regularly writes op-eds for The Post.
Law enforcement responded to Turley’s Fairfax County home after an individual placed the bogus emergency call.
The Fairfax County Police Department confirmed that the caller falsely said somebody was shot at Turley’s address.
Turley had just appeared on FOX News to discuss the recent swatting of Marjorie Taylor Greene and others.
From FOX News:
What is ‘swatting,’ the ‘criminal harassment’ hoax that’s hit 3 GOP lawmakers since Christmas?
Three Republican lawmakers have been the target of “swatting” at their homes since Christmas Day, with a legal expert calling the act “criminal harassment.”
“Swatting” is a crime that has become prominent in recent years, gaining more steam in the social media age when people’s addresses are easily accessible.
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley told Fox News Digital that swatting is a crime that could be “charged as a form of criminal threats.”
“Swatting constitutes a false police report that can be criminally charged,” Turley said. “Virginia recently passed a new law making swatting specifically a criminal misdemeanor. It can also be charged as a form of criminal threats.”
“This is a crime that flourishes because there is insufficient deterrent,” Turley continued. “The anonymity and rare prosecutions combine to fuel this form of criminal harassment.”
This requires serious consequences.
This is BLATANT political intimidation and harassment
Earlier today, @JonathanTurley spoke out bc 3 GOP lawmakers were victims of “swatting” incidents this week
NOW someone has reportedly called a SWAT team on Turley’s house pic.twitter.com/P16QoiFljy
— John Hasson (@SonofHas) December 29, 2023
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