Sponsor of federal anti-swatting bill targeted by swatting hoax

Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), who has pushed Congress to impose harsher penalties on “swatting,” has been targeted by a swatting call herself. Clark’s office reported today that police in Melrose, MA had received an anonymous emergency call about an active shooter at her address. According to a statement, “multiple police officers” responded to the warning — made late last night — before determining it was a hoax. The Melrose Police Department issued a separate statement about the call, which does not mention Clark by name. “Officers quickly determined that there was no danger or threat to the residence,” it says.

While praising the “timely and professional” response from the police department, Clark condemned the attempt to get…

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