- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said Wednesday she was the victim of a dangerous prank known as “swatting” in which an anonymous caller falsely told police there had been a shooting at her Georgia home.

Police said an unidentified suspect later admitted being angry about Ms. Greene‘s views on transgender individuals.

The Rome Police Department responded to Ms. Greene’s house after someone called 911 at 1:03 a.m. Wednesday to say a man had been shot five times in a bathtub at the home, according to the police report. The caller said there was a woman inside the home and possibly children.

Responding officers learned the home belonged to the high-profile congresswoman while en route, so they decided to meet at a nearby intersection, according to the police report.

The report said the officers made a “tactical” approach to the residence, rang the doorbell and were greeted after several minutes by the congresswoman.

She assured the officers there was no issue and the call was determined to be a false call commonly known as ‘swatting,’” the police said in a media statement.

Swatting is a practice in which someone reports a false emergency, like a shooting or hostage situation, to compel a large law enforcement response at someone’s home or a specific location. It is considered highly dangerous, traumatizing for the unsuspecting victims and a waste of public safety officers’ time.

Later in the morning, Rome police said they received another 911 call from the suspect, “claiming responsibility for the incident and explaining his/her motives.”

“It was a computer-generated voice,” the police report said. “They explained they were upset about Ms. Greene‘s stance on ‘trans-gender youth’s rights,’ and stated they were trying to ‘swat’ her.”

The suspect claimed to have ties to a website that supports cyberstalking.

Ms. Greene tweeted about the incident Wednesday.

“Last night, I was swatted just after 1 a.m. I can’t express enough gratitude to my local law enforcement here in Rome, Floyd County,” she wrote.

Later Wednesday, Ms. Greene promoted a bill she drafted to prohibit “gender-affirming” care for minors.

“If this is the war the left wants, this is the war the left will get. I will never stop protecting children and defending their innocence,” she tweeted.

Ms. Greene isn’t the first political figure in Georgia to report being swatted.

Former Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Kandiss Taylor said in July that someone called police and said there had been a shooting in her home in Baxley, Georgia.

“Trauma doesn’t even begin to explain what happened at my house. But in my sheriff’s defense they thought they were protecting me,” Ms. Taylor said in a Twitter video. “They got a call, a female voice to text, saying they had shot their husband five times and were going to shoot themselves … I don’t care what political party you are, this is evil. This is not OK.”

• Tom Howell Jr. can be reached at thowell@washingtontimes.com.

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