During his stream, the Doc asked for "one second" and then went AFK for over 15 minutes. During this away period, the words "sheriff's department!" could be heard, as well as the phrase "check the closet!" by an unknown voice, presumably law enforcement. Then, DrDisRespect turned webcam so it faced downward and the stream went offline.
DrDisRespect later came back online, citing the disturbance as merely "internet problems.
-Not a joke
Swatting is an extremely irresponsible and dangerous online prank that involves calling local police and tricking them into believing dangerous criminal activity is occurring inside of a streamer's home. Online viewers looking to cause chaos and watch the "swat" unfold live often lie about hostage situations or other deadly scenarios that cause local law enforcement to react immediately, without any real verification of the report.
To be clear, swatting is a serious crime and, if caught, people making false reports to the police can serve jail time or pay fines as high as $10,000. Not only does it put the streamer at risk, but it is a huge waste of time and interferes with the polices ability to "actually" save lives and prevent crime.
In one tragic case in 2017, a completely innocent bystander who address was mistakingly given by a Call of Duty player was killed by respondings officers. The guilty gamer was a serial and repeat swat prankster that made the deadly call over a $1.50 bet turned sour.
Yes, you read that right -- $1.50. Only he got the address wrong and got a complete stranger killed.
- The best way to handle being swatted
High praise to DrDisRespect for ignoring the disturbance and not giving the swat pranksters watching the stream the satisfaction of his reaction. While sowing chaos and disturbing the streamer is the goal of swatters, streamers can help destroy the entertainment factor by refusing to react, keeping calm, and returning to the stream with as little interruptions as possible.
What can you do to help stop swatting? Spread the word that it is a serious crime with very real punishments. Involuntary manslaughter and other charges have all been successfully charged in swatting cases, and that means prison time.
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