Alterna Comics Publisher the Victim of “Swatting”

Swatting is the act of calling 911 and lying about someone doing something really bad, like holding a hostage, to get dispatchers to send police officers — and particularly a SWAT team — to a victim’s location. The term gets its name from SWAT teams, which are heavily armed, militarized police units used to raid homes, usually for drug searches.

At approximately 10pm on Wednesday, February 12th during a YouTube stream (now made private), police visited the home of Alterna Comics publisher Peter Simeti under false pretenses of a violent domestic call. This is dangerous harassment and the publishing company is working with local law enforcement to learn more about the situation and what can be done.

 

 


 

Because of swatting, your day or your life can end with heavily armed police in your living room. Some swatters have gone to prison. A Connecticut man got a year in prison for swatting. And a Nebraska man who was part of a swatting ring has recently been sentenced to five years in prison.

Like all crimes, it’s probably going to be impossible to stop all swatting. People would have to stop being jerks on the internet to put a stop to it. But since that’s not likely to happen anytime soon, swatting will continue, putting people’s lives at risk, sometimes for no reason other than some sadistic laughs.

We’re thankful that Peter was not hurt or injured and we hope the police can find the perpetrators of this dangerous prank and punish them to the full extent of the law. This post will be updated when we have more information.

Jamison Ashley

Jamison Ashley

Comic geek, movie nerd, father, and husband - but not necessarily in that order. Current captain of this ship o' fools who is rapidly training everyone's computers and snarkphone spell-checkers to misspell 'supposebly.'

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