I had no idea that this was even a thing: making fake security calls to 911 so that police teams move in and disrupt a person’s live stream. Apparently it’s been around for a while now with hackers being amongst the first to play this sort of prank on each other. Now that we’re in the age of live streaming video games through services like Twitch, I guess we’ve just seen the natural evolution of this “joke”.
After the jump you’ll find a video of Jordan “Kootra” Mathewson of streaming group The Creatures. While streaming a few games of Counter Strike he notices some background noise and makes a comment that it sounds as if his building is being “cleared” by cops. Moments later an entire SWAT team bursts into his room brandishing really big guns. They do their typical “GET ON THE FLOOR NOW!” spiel and proceed to take down a confused Mathewson.
This is the worst idea for a prank I’ve ever seen. This particular example actually resulted in surrounding schools being forced into a lockdown and people being evacuated. The original prank call to 911 said that the person had killed his colleagues and threatened to kill any cops that entered the building. Jeepers.
A full statement from the city of Littleton (where this took place) is below:
“Littleton Police Detectives are investigating the origin of the 911 call received this morning regarding the reported shooting at 1221 West Mineral Avenue. The caller claimed to have shot two co-workers, held others hostage, and threatened to shoot them. He stated that if the officers entered he would shoot them as well. There were no victims or any evidence that a shooting had taken place.”
“Law enforcement in the South Metro Area and throughout the country are all too familiar with active shooter situations. In the wake of these incidents, Littleton Police and other law enforcement agencies train for rapid response to quickly rescue victims and neutralize the situation.”
“Fortunately there were no injuries today, but a massive law enforcement response wastes resources and greatly increases the chances of innocent people being injured or killed.”
“If the investigation determines that today’s incident was a hoax, those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Twitch has said that they will provide the police with any assistance they can.