In gaming circles, swatting is a cruel prank that a number of individuals have engaged in that involve making false accusations to the police and misleading authorities so that they send a SWAT team to someone's house while they are playing.
It's happened many times in a variety of areas, and this is incredibly dangerous and could easily result in harm to either law enforcement or the gamer who is unexpectedly waiting for the prank to unfold inside.
Swatting has been dubbed a favorite harassment tactic for some gamers,..
People have lost their lives as a result of this practice.
Not only does this highlight an issue within the gaming community but it also highlights the danger of having an increasingly militarized police force. Because various individuals have been able to make wildly false accusations about other people, which resulted in seemingly little (if any) investigation being conducted before police would boot down the door of an unsuspecting gamer. While swatting is dangerous, so too is booting down someone's door first and asking questions later.
False reports leading to SWAT deployments have doubled since 2011.