TX AG Ken Paxton SWATTED – BIG Mistake!

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his wife have recently become targets of “swatting,” a malicious act involving the submission of a bogus report to police using their residential address.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Paxton and his wife, Texas state Sen. Angela Paxton, clarified that they were not present at their McKinney residence on New Year’s Day when emergency personnel arrived. The couple reported the incorrect information to the police, characterizing it as a situation that posed a threat to their lives.

“On New Year’s Day, a currently unidentified caller made a false report to 911 describing a life-threatening situation at our home in McKinney,” the couple said. “As a result, the City of McKinney Police and Fire Departments quickly and bravely responded to what they believed could be a dangerous environment. We were not home at the time and were made aware of the false report when a state trooper, who was contacted by McKinney police, informed us of the incident.”

“Making false reports to 911 is a crime which should be vigorously prosecuted when this criminal is identified. These fake calls divert resources from actual emergencies and crimes and could endanger our first responders,” the couple continued. “We are grateful for the bravery and professionalism of the men and women serving in the McKinney police and fire departments.”

“It is also important to acknowledge that this ‘swatting’ incident happened weeks after the disgraced Speaker of the House Dade Phelan, his lieutenants, and the Dallas Morning News doxed our family by publicly posting our address,” they added. “We understand some people may not agree with our strong conservative efforts to secure the border, prevent election fraud, and protect our constitutional liberties, but compromising the effectiveness and safety of law enforcement is completely unacceptable.”

The McKinney Police Department has verified to Fox News Digital that it promptly attended to Paxton’s residential location on New Year’s Day. Additionally, it has been disclosed that the Texas Department of Public Safety is currently conducting an inquiry into the incident.

The act of “swatting” has emerged as a prevalent criminal activity in recent times, particularly with the rise of social networking platforms that make individuals’ addresses readily available.

According to George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, swatting can be considered a criminal act that may be prosecuted as a type of criminal threats.

“Swatting constitutes a false police report that can be criminally charged,” Turley said. “Virginia recently passed a new law making swatting specifically a criminal misdemeanor. It can also be charged as a form of criminal threats.”

The incident involving Paxton comes after three Republican lawmakers – Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene of Georgia, and Rep. Brandon Williams of New York – reported “swatting” incidents at their homes after the Christmas holiday.

“This is a crime that flourishes because there is insufficient deterrent,” Turley added. “The anonymity and rare prosecutions combine to fuel this form of criminal harassment. … There is no mystery to how to address these crimes. There must be greater detection and penalties to achieve deterrence.”

The crime involves deliberately making a fraudulent police complaint about a serious crime, such as murder or a hostage situation, in order to prompt an extensive law enforcement reaction at the target’s residence.

The objective of the fraudulent police report is to provoke a swift and forceful intervention by the police’s SWAT squad at the residence of the intended target. As a result, swatting diverts police resources from actual criminal activities, while the government unintentionally becomes a tool for intimidating an individual in their own residence.

Last week, Greene, who has personally experienced the maneuver on several occasions, declared her intention on X to propose legislation that would simplify the process for law enforcement to apprehend and prosecutors to charge these individuals who participate in making false claims.

Throughout the past year, Paxton has been confronted with a barrage of allegations from state officials, particularly Texas Democrats, who have asserted that the attorney general is unsuitable for his position.

In May of last year, the Texas House of Representatives made the decision to impeach Paxton based on allegations of bribery, neglect of official responsibilities, and misuse of public trust. This decision was reached after extensive deliberation during an afternoon session, and the case was subsequently forwarded to the state Senate. In September 2023, the Texas Senate absolved Paxton of all impeachment charges brought against him for corruption and incompetence.

Despite the presence of support for impeachment from both political parties, the Senate failed to reach the necessary 21-vote threshold for conviction on each accusation. Republican Senators Robert Nichols and Kelly Hancock, along with all 12 Democrats, voted in support of convicting on several charges.

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