Kandiss Taylor, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate, says that on Monday night she and her family were the victims of a swatting call.
“My children were woken up from their bed. Trauma doesn’t even begin to explain what just happened at my house. I have it all on video,” she says in the video that was posted to Twitter.
Taylor said that someone called her sheriff’s department using a female text-to-speech program. The voice claimed that they were someone who had shot her husband multiple times and was going to kill herself. This prompted a significant police response.
Taylor claimed that she had gotten out of the shower when her 17-year-old son came to her and said there were police officers with rifles outside of the house.
“They came with all their weapons – rifles pointed at my house, ready to shoot if they needed to kill me when I opened the door,” Taylor said. She said that her 14-year-old son woke up “crying” and “hysterical.”
Taylor, her husband and her two sons were fortunately unharmed during the incident.
“I don’t care what political party you are, this is evil. This is wrong. This is not OK. And I will find out who swatted my house. And I will do everything in my power to bring them to justice,” Taylor said.
Swatting is a form of prank call where an individual calls a police department and claims that they are a danger to themselves or others to prompt a police response, often of one or multiple SWAT teams, at a certain address.
This type of call can lead to the death of the individual should the teams mistake them as a threat.
“Anyone can be the target of swatting, but victims are typically associated with the tech industry, video game industry and/or the online broadcasting community,” said a fact sheet about swatting from the Seattle Police Department. “We have also seen cases where criminals are attempting to silence people with elevated online profiles, elevating these particular swatting incidents to hate crimes.”
“Whoever made that call to get rifles pointed at my house should be charged with attempted murder,” Taylor wrote in another post on Twitter.
Taylor also said that TextNow, a free calling service, was used to make the call.
“We will not waver or be afraid. Instead, I am calling for an investigation into TextNow, who is aiding and abetting Demonic Left Wing Extremists who are committing acts of terrorism against Christian Americans,” Taylor said.
Taylor is not the first politician to be targeted via swatting. On Friday, former Trump strategist Steve Bannon was swatted at his home in Washington, D.C.
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